INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING MINISTRY

  • I&B Ministry approves rule banning live TV coverage of anti-terror operations March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: TV channels will be barred from airing live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security forces as per a new rule approved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Broadcasters in such situations will have to restrict themselves to reporting periodic briefing by designated officers, as per the new rule. Officials said...
  • Do not broadcast live anti-terrorist operations: I&B Ministry to TV channels March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to all television channels not to broadcast live anti-terrorist operations to avoid any adverse impact on rescue exercise. The advisory came in the wake of some television channels covering live anti-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district on March...
  • TV channels asked to restrict live coverage of anti-terror operations March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Noticing that some TV channels have been covering live anti terrorist operations, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked news broadcasters to restrict such telecasts to periodic briefing by officials till the operation concludes. In its advisory issued on Friday, the I&B ministry said that it has in the...
  • Ban on Nirbhaya documentary: Ravi Shankar Prasad says Modi government respects freedom of press March 5, 2015

    Reacting on the government move on the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter', Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The government headed by Narendra Modi fully respects the freedom of press and the freedom of articulation of views." ...
  • Is banning of Nirbhaya film a regressive step? March 5, 2015

    After government's request, video sharing website YouTube has removed the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter' in the country. The YouTube link in India gives the message, "This content is not available on this country domain due to a court order." ...
  • Nirbhaya's father now objects to documentary 'India's Daughter' March 5, 2015

    Ballia: The family of Delhi gangrape victim has taken a strong exception to making public of their daughter's name in the BBC documentary and has warned of taking legal action in this connection. "Despite clearly telling them not to make the name and photo of our daughter public, they have...
  • Ban on 'India's Daughter': Writer Ruchir Joshi says ban on documentary won't any effect seriously March 5, 2015

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Writer Ruchir Joshi said, "There was no problem seeing it and it was very clear, sound was very good, image was very clear. It's not the ban that can be put an effect seriously because YouTube may ban it but there are 100 different...
  • YouTube blocks access to BBC documentary Nirbhaya in India March 5, 2015

    After government's request, video sharing website YouTube has removed the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter' in the country. The YouTube link in India gives the message, "This content is not available on this country domain due to a court order." ...
  • Nirbhaya documentary ban: India trying to muzzle free speech, says BBC filmmaker Leslee Udwin March 5, 2015

    London: Unfazed by the controversy, the British filmmaker behind the BBC documentary on the Delhi gangrape incident on Thursday accused the Indian government of trying to "muzzle free speech" by banning its telecast in India. Leslee Udwin's 'Storyville: India's Daughter' was due to be aired in the UK on Sunday to...
  • Chetan Bhagat says Nirbhaya documentary a must-watch March 5, 2015

    Reacting on the BBC's documentary on the Nirbhaya case, author Chetan Bhagat said that it's a much watch documentary. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Bhagat said, "Forget ban, I would say it's a must watch." ...
  • Government asks YouTube to remove BBC documentary on gangrape March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has asked video sharing website YouTube to remove the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape, saying that it is a very sensitive matter. Despite the Indian Government's protest, BBC went ahead and released the documentary on Wednesday night in the UK and also uploaded it on the...
  • Reactions pour in as outcry over Nirbhaya documentary continues March 5, 2015

    While the government is mulling to take legal action against BBC after it aired the the Nirbhaya Documentary, sources say that Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj where the two discussed the issue. Sources claim that no diplomatic efforts were made to stop the screening...
  • BBC snubs India, airs the Nirbhaya documentary in UK, I&B Ministry says it has no jurisdiction over it March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: After the British Broadcasting Corporation assured the Indian government that Nirbhaya documentary on 2012 Delhi gangrape-murder case will not be aired in the country, Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources on Thursday said the overseas airing of the documentary was beyond their jurisdiction and no diplomatic effort was made...
  • Live: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Nirbhaya documentary, Rajnath says filmmaker violated rules March 4, 2015

    After the testimony of the Nirbhaya rapist Mukesh Singh sent shockwaves across the nation, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a notice banning the telecast of the documentary containing his interview. ...
  • 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. ...