IBF's BCCC committee to monitor TV shows; Council sets-up comprehensive self-regulatory guidelines

In a seminar held by Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) on 4th February, 2012, IBF set up Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), which is an independent council of IBF to inspect the complaints about television programmes received from viewers or any other sources.

Programming heads and channel heads attended the seminar. The Council has also set up its own comprehensive self-regulatory guidelines, a compliance mechanism to be followed by all channels to keep content, a subjective issue, in check.

Naresh Chahal, Director ' Finance, IBF, said, "This is a step taken to educate, to share with them, to tell them what sort of complaints have been received in the last seven months and how it can be improved by us, and if there is any area that is required to be improved."

As responsible broadcasters we always need to deal with certain subjects more sensitively, keeping this in mind that television has far greater reach than cinema." Said, Ashok Nambissan, EVP & General Counsel at Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd.

Manish Wadkar, Director ' Legal, Head S&P Dept, Viacom18, shared that, "Till now, there was no censor board for programmes as there was for films. BCCC insists on self-regulatory guidelines for all channels while editing programmes so that no adult content, no obscene factors, no degradation of women, no racial slurs, no foul language get through. That was the intent of this body and its self-regulation guidelines."

This seminar was held to educate programming heads on how to apply the self-regulatory guidelines for the programmes. Session also highlighted the understanding about, how the BCCC's self-regulatory guidelines would be applicable to non-news channels.


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