Currently, just 30 channels are uplinked from India out of the overall 897 signed up with the Ministry of Info and also Broadcasting, authorities said.

In a bid to pitch India as an uplinking center, the government today announced relaxation in guidelines for conformity for television networks as well as additionally made a 30-minute everyday public interest broadcast necessary, primarily for entertainment channels.

The ‘Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels in India, 2022’, which have been accepted by the Union Cabinet, allow limited liability collaborations as well as business to permit uplinking of foreign networks from Indian teleports for beaming web content in countries covered by the satellite impact.

The step is anticipated to allow tv networks of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and also Nepal to uplink from India, rather than Singapore, the recommended uplinking center for networks beamed in the subcontinent.

Currently, only 30 networks are uplinked from India out of the complete 897 signed up with the Ministry of Information as well as Broadcasting, authorities claimed.

“Need for seeking permission for real-time newscast of occasions has been eliminated; only prior enrollment of occasions to be telecast live would be essential,” Sanjiv Shankar, Joint Secretary (Broadcasting) stated in a presentation to the media here.

He said there would be no requirement of prior authorization for adjustment of language or conversion of mode of transmission from Requirement Definition (SD) to Hd (HD) or vice versa.

The channel will just need to notify the ministry concerning the changes, he said.

The guidelines were initially released in 2005 as well as revised in 2011. The existing revision has occurred after 11 years after considering the technical advancements during duration.

In instance of emergency, for a company/ LLP with just two Directors/Partners, adjustments can be done subject to safety and security clearance message such visit, to enable business decision making.

The new standards specify that a company can use information celebration equipment other than Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), such as optic fibre, back pack, mobile, for which no separate authorization would certainly be essential.

The guidelines state that electronic news celebration tools can be made use of.

Tv channels will certainly have to transmit half an hour of public interest web content every day on styles of nationwide passion such as education and also spread of literacy, farming and country development, health and household welfare, science and also technology, well-being of ladies, welfare of the weaker areas of the society, security of setting as well as of cultural heritage as well as national assimilation.

“It is not that the government will give any type of programs to the television channels for transmitting under public rate of interest content. The channels are totally free to develop their very own material on the styles pointed out in the guidelines,” I&B Secretary Apurva Chandra said.

The guidelines also approve consent for an information firm for a five year period versus one year presently.

The standards likewise make it mandatory for TV Channels uplinking in frequency band besides C-band to encrypt their signals.

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Last Updated: 10 November 2022