Prakash Javadekar assures broadcasters of regulatory stability

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Prakash Javadekar

Addressing a meeting of office-bearers of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) on Friday, Javadekar said he would discuss changes to the tariff order with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and its recommendations to rating agency BARC India.

The IBF had informed the government that implementation of the new tariff order (NTO 2.0) would be detrimental to the business and lead to limiting of pricing power, according to a report in The Economic Times.

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Amendments to the new tariff order (NTO 2.0) by Trai were notified on January 1 and were scheduled to be effective from April 1.

Javadekar assured all support to the sector and said he knew about the hardships the sector was going through due to coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown.

IBF president NP Singh, also head of Sony Pictures Networks India; Uday Shankar, president, Asia-Pacific, Walt Disney Co and chairman of Star and Disney India; Punit Goenka, MD, Zee Entertainment Enterprises; Rajat Sharma, president, News Broadcasters’ Association, and chairman, India TV; and Aroon Purie, chairman, India Today Group attended the meeting.

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The meeting also saw discussions on issues such as permission to shoot for films and television content and dues from the Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC) to the industry, the ET report said.