New Delhi: The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), a self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels, has issued an advisory raising concerns over comedy shows that depict abusive or vulgar behaviour, to all member channels of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF).
The council said it had received many complaints against double-meaning dialogues used in comedy shows telecast on various general entertainment channels.
“The BCCC expresses its concern over this trend, which often ranges on crass, abusive, vulgar and double-meaning language with sexual overtones in the name of humour,” a note issued by BCCC said.
The note added that the council had advised IBF member channels to depict friendly banter without being derisive of any community, religion or individual.
BCCC chairperson justice A.P. Shah said: “BCCC has no intention of curtailing artistic freedom. It, however, advises all member channels of Indian Broadcasting Foundation to exercise discretion to make television viewing more pleasurable and not let such ‘comedy shows’ become platforms for making lewd remarks.”