New Delhi:There is no proposal to set up a regulatory authority for print media at present though the same for the electronic media had been circulated for soliciting views of stakeholders, Lok Sabha was informed today.
“So far as print media is concerned, there is no proposal at present to set up a regulatory authority. In order to maintain high degree of responsibility in print media we have the Press Council of India, which is a statutory, autonomous body,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi said in reply to a written question.
He said with regard to electronic media there was the proposed Broadcasting Service Regulation Bill which provided for regulating broadcasting issues, including programmes and advertisements.
The Bill was discussed with stakeholders last month and has been posted on the ministry website for soliciting views, Dasmunsi said.
Content Code for TV: Dasmunsi said the government was planning to bring a new content code but it was not focused on sting operations.
“A committee has been constituted for reviewing Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and rules framed thereunder and the guidelines for certification of films prescribed under Cinematography Act 1952 and drafting a new content code,” he told the Lok Sabha.
The Committee which comprises representatives of TV industry apart from several civil society groups, is yet to submit its final recommendations, Dasmunsi said.