Sharmila Tagore, two others new members of GEC regulatory body 

The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council also appoints theatre activist Arundhati Nag and academician Ira Bhaskar as its new non-broadcast members


A file photo of actor Sharmila Tagore. Photo: HT 
A file photo of actor Sharmila Tagore. Photo: HT 

New Delhi: The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) on Friday announced the appointment of actor Sharmila Tagore, theatre activist Arundhati Nag and academician Ira Bhaskar as its new non-broadcast members (eminent persons’ category). 

BCCC is an independent self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels set up by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). The appointments for a three-year term were approved by the board of directors of IBF on Friday at the 58th meeting of BCCC. 

The move follows the exit of actor Shabana Azmi, former bureaucrat Bhaskar Ghose, and print and television journalist Vir Sanghvi, who were given a send-off in the 58th meeting. All three members were associated with BCCC since its inception in 2011. 

In the meeting, justice(retd.) Mukul Mudgal, chairperson of BCCC, thanked the outgoing members for making BCCC a credible and robust self-regulatory body. Among the new appointees, Nag, a multilingual theatre and film actor and a national award winner, is already a part of BCCC as a special invitee.

Tagore, a popular Bollywood actor, served as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from 2004 to 2011. Bhaskar who is a professor of cinema studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU was also a member of CBFC till recently. 

The new members will assume their positions at the 59th meeting of BCCC to be held in September 2016.

Apart from non-broadcast members, the regulatory body appoints members from National Statutory Commissions and broadcast sector. The 13-member body includes chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Castes P.L. Punia, Laldingliani Sailo, member of National Commission for Women, Sujeet Jain, group general counsel & company secretary at Viacom18, and A.Mohan, president (legal & regulatory) at Zee Network among its members.

BCCC examines complaints about television programs from viewers, Information & Broadcasting ministry, civil society groups, and residents’ welfare associations, among others. The body holds meetings every month to ensure that all television programmes are in conformity with self-regulatory guidelines issued by the IBF. 

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