It said they need to fully comply with the provisions of the Cable TV Regulations Act, 1995 to ensure that under no circumstances they shall broadcast any channel which is not authorised by the central government under the act.
As per ministry’s notice, some private channels which are not permitted by the MIB are being transmitted by some cable operators on their networks. The ministry has reports of the broadcast of unauthorised channels by LCOs/MSOs in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which are not permitted by this ministry for being broadcast into the country.
Sub Rule 6(6) of the Cable TV Rules specifies that no cable operator/MSO shall carry or include in his cable service any television broadcast or channel which has not been registered by the central government for being viewed within the territory of India.
Failure to comply with these directions would invite penal action by the central government and the state governments/UT including withdrawal of license/permission and confiscation of equipment.
The notice said: “All MSOs and cable operators are hereby directed to fully comply with the provisions of the Cable TV Regulations Act, 1995 and the rules made thereunder and ensure that under no circumstances shall they broadcast any channel which is not authorised by the central government under the act.”
It added, “The UT administration/district administration may ensure that no TV channels, which are not permitted, are transmitted in your district by any cable operator. In case of violations, necessary and prompt action must be taken by the authorized officers in the district against the defaulters to stop transmission of these channels.”