TV channels could also approach new TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar
New Delhi: With broadcasters slamming the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recent order capping television advertisements at 12 minutes per hour, the government on Thursday said there is scope for discussion on the issue, reports PTI.
"(If) Broadcasters are not satisfied, we will sit and discuss...If the ministry feels we should intervene, we will also come," Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said.
She said channels could also approach new TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar, once he takes over.
"When the new chairman comes, Broadcasters have all the freedom to go and meet him," Soni said.
A notification issued by TRAI on Monday, which was also the last day in office of outgoing chairman JS Sarma, limited the amount of advertising on TV channels and disallowed any shortfall in a particular hour to be carried over.
According to industry estimates, this could impact advertising revenues of broadcasters by 15-40%.
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The lower house passed the motion moved by committee chief PC Chacko by a voice vote extending up to the last day of the Winter Session
New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) looking into the 2G spectrum issue was on Thursday granted a second extension till the end of the Winter session by the Lok Sabha, reports PTI.
The lower house passed the motion moved by committee chief PC Chacko by a voice vote extending up to the last day of the Winter Session the time to present its report. The term of the committee was to end on the last day of the ongoing Budget session.
Last September, Lok Sabha had adopted a motion for extending the term of the JPC up to the last date of Budget session. Earlier, the panel was required to submit its report by the last date of the last Monsoon session.
The JPC, consisting of 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha, was constituted on 4th March last to look into the entire gamut of policy prescriptions in the telecom sector from 1998 to 2009.