Broadcasting council issues advisory on content sensitive to minorities

The body also said that all channels need to be sensitized against showing acid attacks on women in TV programmes
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First Published: Thu, Aug 15 2013. 07 10 PM IST
The notice has been sent to all member channels of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) by the council, which said it had received many complaints about content on these issues. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The notice has been sent to all member channels of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) by the council, which said it had received many complaints about content on these issues. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
New Delhi: The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), a self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels, has issued an advisory raising concerns over content sensitive to minorities as well as the depiction of acid attacks on women in TV programmes.
The notice has been sent to all member channels of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) by the council, which said it had received many complaints about content on these issues.
The advisory said channels should approach content of a sensitive nature about the minorities with caution. “When necessary, (channels) should ensure that any such depiction is preceded by a declaration that it is a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any community, caste or creed. Due diligence should be adopted to ensure that an entire community is not projected as fanatic, intolerant or criminal,” said the notice.
The self regulatory body set up by the IBF also said that all channels need to be sensitized against showing acid attacks on women in TV programmes.
“The issue needs immediate attention so that all channels effectively mitigate the overwhelming implications of any such depiction.This is even more pertinent for various crime-based programmes since these shows often depict an acid attack case in some detail through dramatised version of a real incident,” it said.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 15 2013. 07 10 PM IST
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