[cr-india] EMMC to monitor private radio

ram bhat ram at maraa.in
Mon Jun 17 01:22:46 CDT 2013

Even if community radio stations could be monitored real time in the future,
it seems to me that the government is not willing to permit broadcast of
news and current affairs.

The concerns of the Ministry seem to stem from the 'reasonable'
restrictions under 19(2) but there is simply not enough justification to
invoke these restrictions. We should make a stronger case to link news and


On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM, N.Ramakrishnan <nram at ideosyncmedia.org>wrote:

>  I especially like the part about how though the private radio stations
> will be monitored, it will still be 'difficult' and therefore not
> sufficient reason to reverse the MIb stand on allowing news.
> Apparently even if someone is holding its hand and watching its every
> move, no government radio is still SUCH a bad boy that it cannot be trusted
> to open its mouth to say anything (beyond PJs and cinema songs, that is).
> Ramakrishnan
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> On 16/06/13 10:38 AM, sajan venniyoor wrote:
> EMMC gets clearance to increase monitoring capacity to 800 TV and private
> radio channels<http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k13/jun/jun73.php>
> IndianTelevision.com | 13 June 2013
> NEW DELHI: With Phase III of FM Radio auctions expected to begin in the
> next two to three months, the Electronic Media Monitoring Committee (EMMC)
> has been empowered to increase its capacity not only to monitor 800
> television channels as against 300 at present, but also take on private
> radio services.
> However, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry sources said this
> will not change the decision of the government about denying permission to
> the FM broadcasters from broadcasting news, as monitoring them would be a
> difficult process.
> Established in 2008, the EMMC monitors about 191 channels on a 24X7 basis
> at present. I&B Ministry secretary Uday Kumar Varma confirmed to
> indiantelevision.com that the Expenditure Finance Committee had approved
> the proposal for expansion of the EMMC.
> The EMMC monitors the content of all TV channels based on the uplinking
> and downlinking policy in India to check the violation of program and
> advertisement codes according to the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act.
> Though the EMMC monitors private FM radio channels at present, it is
> dependent on the radio channel for recordings.
> Sources said that a budget of Rs 90 crore has been cleared for the
> project. There are several regional channels that may be violating the
> program or advertising code and very often action against them is delayed
> because recordings of the objectionable telecasts are often not available.
> There are about 840 TV channels registered with the ministry at present.
> The sources also feel that listening posts may have to be set up in cities
> to monitor the FM radio channels.
>  *Source: *http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k13/jun/jun73.php
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