INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING MINISTRY

  • CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani defends controversial list February 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Tuesday defended the banned words list issued by CBFC, saying anyone having a problem with the guidelines should approach the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Nihalani, who was appointed as Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief after Leela Samson resigned, was criticised by...
  • Censor Board not autonomous, Leela Samson took right decision, says member Pankaj Sharma January 17, 2015

    A day after Censor Board chief Leela Samson quit alleging interference from the government, Censor Board member Pankaj Sharma said that the government has ignored appeals of CBFC members to empower the panel. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Sharma said on Saturday, "The board has not met for the past one year....
  • Nine CBFC members resign citing interference, corruption in I&B Ministry January 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification have sent their resignation letters to the Information and Broadcasting Minister on Saturday citing interference and corruption in the ministry. The resignations came a day after Censor Board chief Leela Samson quit alleging interference from the government. In their letter to...
  • MSG row takes its toll, Censor Board member Ira Bhaskar resigns in support of chief Leela Samson January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: After Censor board chief Leela Samson quit from her post citing corruption in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, another Censor Board member Ira Bhaskar has also decided to quit. Bhaskar said, "My letter will go in the evening. I've decided to resign. Our members had discussed on this issue...
  • Show us proof of coercion, I&B Ministry asks Censor Board ex-chief Samson January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: After Censor board chief Leela Samson quit from her post citing corruption and coercion in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the ministry has hit back at her demanding proofs for her allegations. "The chairperson has spoken of coercion. The government would like to see the letter which can prove...
  • Protesting against corruption in I&B Ministry, Censor Board chief Leela Samson resigns January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Citing interference and corruption in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Censor Board chief Leela Samson has resigned from the top post in the panel. In a statement on her resignation, Samson mentioned "interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organisation appointed by the Ministry" as...
  • Live TV coverage of anti-terror operations may be banned December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Live coverage of anti-terror operations by television channels is likely to be banned soon as the Home Ministry has asked the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to amend the rules to stop such telecast. Citing the unpleasant experience during 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when news channels broadcast NSG operations...
  • Information and Broadcast Ministry clears 26 new channels September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Pending proposals of 26 new television channels have been cleared by the Information and Broadcast Ministry, taking the total number of channels in the country to above 800. I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said he has cleared 26 pending proposals of new channels in news, current affairs and entertainment and...
  • After Prakash Javadekar's punctuality check, I&B to install biometric attendance July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Following a surprise check by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar which found several employees not reporting on time, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has initiated the process of installation of biometric attendance system. The ministry has invited quotations for the installation of biometric device for attendance system through...
  • Depiction of rash driving should come with warnings: I&B June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Following concerns expressed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has advised media organisations that appropriate warnings should accompany any depiction of rash and negligent driving. The advisory comes days after senior BJP leader and Cabinet minister Gopinath Munde lost his life following...
  • DD's Modi interview: Prasar again writes to I&B Ministry May 11, 2014

    Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has again sought an assurance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that its reccommendations would not be ignored if an inquiry is held into the controversial editing of Doordarshan's Narendra Modi interview. Sources said that Prasar Bharati's Principal Advisor V A M Hussain has written a letter...
  • I&B Ministry issues new guidelines for television rating agencies January 17, 2014

    The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has notified the guidelines that lay a framework for television rating agencies to function. Following the approval by the Union cabinet, the I&B ministry has notified the guidelines on Thursday. The guidelines would come into force after 30 days from the date of notification, official sources...
  • No telecast of Sachin match on DD, Prasar Bharati asks amendments in rules November 15, 2013

    With Doordarshan missing out the telecast of cricket great Sachin Tendulkar's last two tests due to present rules of coverage, Prasar Bharati has written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry seeking immediate amendment of these for the benefit of fans. In a communication to the ministry, Prasar Bharati has sought amendment...
  • IDay speech row: Is the government trying to control TV news content? November 7, 2013

    After advocating a ban on opinion polls, the Congress party on Thursday decided to boycott television debates on opinion polls. The Congress, staring at a massive defeat if prepoll surveys by news channels are right, defended its warning to electronic media on the coverage of PM's Independence Day speech and...
  • Prasar Bharati CEO writes to Manish Tewari, accuses I&B Ministry of interference September 30, 2013

    Accusing Information and Broadcasting Ministry of trying to micromanage the affairs of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, its CEO Jawhar Sircar has written a letter to Minister Manish Tewari complaining that he does not get enough cooperation. In his letter, Sircar also raised questions about the ministry's interference in the affairs of...
  • FTP: Should journalists have to pass an exam before they enter journalism? August 21, 2013

    Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Monday said the media industry should consider holding a common exam for journalists, on the lines of that conducted by the Bar Council, after which they could be given licence to pursue the profession. ...
  • New media wing to publicise government programmes August 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal to set up a new media wing in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for publicising the government's initiatives through social media platforms. The new media wing is aimed to "address the communication and dissemination requirements of the government on social...
  • I&B mulling launching 24hour news channel on AIR April 13, 2013

    Amritsar: Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Saturday said it is considering a 24hour news channel on All India Radio (AIR) on the pattern of DD News. "The Centre is exploring various aspects and technicalities involved in launching a 24hour news channel on AIR," I&B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said here...
  • I and B ministry supports actors against service tax January 19, 2013

    Mumbai: The information and broadcasting ministry said Friday it would support the film fraternity's protest against the government's decision to levy service tax on actors. "We are with the industry and will support them entirely," I&B secretary Uday Kumar Verma told reporters in Mumbai. "We are in the process of speaking to...
  • Govt to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema January 19, 2013

    Mumbai: A tableau by the ministry of information and broadcasting during the Jan 26 Republic Day parade will portray the journey of the Indian film industry over 100 years, ministry secretary Uday Kumar Verma said here Friday. "We have many plans to celebrate the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema....
  • I&B advisory to Sony: Is it curbing of creative freedom? January 11, 2013

    Popular TV crime show 'Crime Patrol Dastak', which was scheduled to show an episode based on the Delhi gangrape case, postponed the telecast after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry informally asked the channel not to telecast it. ...
  • 'Crime Patrol' sensitises, doesn't sensationalise: Anoop Soni January 11, 2013

    The I&B Ministry asked entertainment channel Sony to stop the broadcast of tonight's episode of its crime serial 'Crime Patrol' as it was based on the Delhi gangrape. ...
  • Gangrape: 'Crime Patrol' is sensitive in approach, says Anoop Soni January 11, 2013

    The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday asked entertainment channel Sony to stop the broadcast of Friday night's episode of its crime serial 'Crime Patrol' as the episode apparently was based on the brutal Delhi gangrape. ...
  • Government bans 24 foreign TV channels December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indian government said on Tuesday 24 foreign TV channels have been banned from telecasting in India as they have either not sought permission for downlinking or such permission has not been given. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in...
  • Run 'The Dirty Picture' on TV after 11 pm: I&B April 22, 2012

    New Delhi: In trouble for the television broadcast of Vidya Balanstarrer 'The Dirty Picture', the Information and Broadcast Ministry has told Sony TV that it can air the film only after prime time, that's post 11 pm. Sony was scheduled to telecast the film at noon and 8 pm on...
  • I&B stays nosmoking rules by Health Ministry December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The new regulations on onscreen smoking that were handed out ambitiously by the the Health Ministry have been stalled as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) has given in to the plea of the film makers, asking for their creative rights. The I&B Ministry has stayed the no smoking...
  • Govt toughens entry of new TV channels October 8, 2011

    New Delhi: In order to deter nonserious applicants from "crowding the electronic media landscape", the government today decided to increase the net worth criteria for those seeking permission to run TV channels in the country. The union cabinet cleared an I & B Ministry proposal as per which the net...
  • I & B Ministry to increase TRP sample size January 10, 2011

    New Delhi: A committee set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has called for greater sample size in Television Rating Points (TRP), taking a serious view of the small sample size used by the two existing Rating Agencies in India. It also felt that rural areas have been ignored in...
  • Prasar Bharti CEO defends CWG broadcasting deal October 25, 2010

    New Delhi: The multicrore Commonwealth Games broadcast deal followed all rules Prasar Bharati CEO BS Lalli claims the payment was approved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Following allegations of corruption involved in the Commonwealth Games broadcasting rights Prasar Bharti CEO BS Lalli has come out to defend...
  • Govt bans FTV for 10 days, says it showed nudity March 11, 2010

    New Delhi: The government has banned fashion TV channel FTV for 10 days from March 12, accusing it of broadcasting images of seminude women. The ban will be effective from 7 pm, March 12, till 7 pm on March 21. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry alleged FTV showed women with nude...