New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured broadcasters, who had objected to proposed curbs on TV channels over coverage of events like Mumbai terror attacks, that changes in Cable TV rules would be taken up only after “widest” consultations with all stakeholders.
A statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office here said that “the PM has received several representations from the media agencies regarding certain proposed changes in the Cable Television Network Rules currently under consideration”.
It assured “that the matter will be taken up for finalisation only after the widest possible consultation with all the stakeholders and eliciting their different points of view on the proposed changes”.
The Prime Minister’s assurance came in the wake of efforts by channel editors to garner support of various political parties on the matter.
While they met CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and BJP chief Rajnath Singh yesterday, they raised the issue today with Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, BJP leader L K Advani and political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Ahmad Patel.
The PM’s statement is expected to give some relief to the channel heads who have been opposing government’s moves to regulate them, especially after they received indications from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that despite their efforts towards self regulation, it would go ahead with its move to amend the said rules.