From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : NA
Mains level : Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023
- The Information & Broadcasting Ministry recently unveiled the draft Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023, a transformative legislation designed to modernize and streamline the broadcasting sector in India.
- This bill presents a unified regulatory framework encompassing traditional broadcasting, OTT content, digital news, and current affairs.
Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023
|What is it about?||– Replaces outdated laws, including the 1995 Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act.
– Extends regulatory oversight to emerging broadcasting technologies (OTT, Digital Media, DTH, IPTV).
|Structure and Definitions||– Comprises six chapters, 48 sections, and three schedules.
– Provides clear definitions for modern broadcasting terms and formally defines technical terms.
|Self-Regulation and Advisory Bodies||– Introduces “Content evaluation committees” for self-regulation within the broadcasting industry.
– Establishes the Broadcast Advisory Council to advise the government on program and advertisement code violations.
|Penalties and Fairness||– Operators and broadcasters may face penalties such as advisory warnings, censure, or monetary fines based on the seriousness of offenses.
– Imprisonment and fines are reserved for severe violations and are commensurate with the entity’s financial capacity.
|Inclusivity for Disabilities||– Promotes broadcasting accessibility for individuals with disabilities through subtitles, audio descriptors, and sign language.
– Provides for the appointment of a “Disability Grievance Officer” to address disabled individuals’ concerns.
|Infrastructure Sharing and Dispute Resolution||– Facilitates infrastructure sharing among broadcasting network operators.
– Streamlines the “Right of Way” section, improving efficiency in addressing relocation and alterations.
– Establishes a structured dispute resolution mechanism.