Uplinking policy guidelines
UPLINKING POLICY GUIDELINES
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The I&B Ministry issued an advisory stating that private TV channels should ensure that they do not violate the conditions of the uplinking policy guidelines while stressing that non-news TV channels are not allowed to carry news or current affairs-based programmes.
- The ministry of information and broadcasting has issued an advisory regarding carrying of news and current affairs content on entertainment television channels, possibly be a move in anticipation of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, 2019.
- The Information & Broadcasting Ministry announced a few guidelines, to ensure the TV channels, should not violate the uplinking conditions.
- This advisory on not to breach the uplinking policy guidelines, comes a day before the Election Commission’s announcement of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll results.
- In accordance with Policy Guidelines for Uplinking of Television Channels from India, 2011 Permission of uplinking of TV channels is given under two categories. They are;
- Non-news & current affairs channels – is defined as one which does not have any element of news and current affairs in its programme content.
- News & current affairs channels – is defined as one which has any element of news and current affairs in its programme content.
- At the time of applying for a non-news TV channel, the applicant company gives an undertaking that the proposed channel is purely an entertainment platform and does not have any news or current affairs-based programme.
- The news and current affairs channels can have any news or current affairs-based programme.
It is hereby advised that all TV channels may strictly ensure that there is no violation of the aforementioned conditions of the guidelines.