In a bid to establish self regulation amongst all non-news channels, including general entertainment channels and special interest channels, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation is all set to form a redressal committee, the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) within three months.
The redressal mechanism will be a two-tier process. At the first level, viewers could communicate their grievances to the broadcaster or the channel. The second level will come into action, if the viewer gets an unsatisfactory response from the channel. The viewer can then complain to the BCCC.
About nine months ago, a joint task force was set up under the secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and IBF, in order to gather feedback from viewers from various segments of the society. This included DTH operators, members of Resident Welfare Associations, academicians and members of various NGOs.
Last month, the I&B Ministry had pulled up two entertainment channels (Colors and Imagine TV) and one music channel (SS Music) for violations of cable laws on content. While SS Music was banned for a week; the Ministry had issued show cause notices asking Colors and Imagine TV to push their respective shows, Bigg Boss 4 and Rakhi Ka Insaaf, from 9 pm to post 11 pm slots.
Currently, the IBF is headed by Uday Shankar, chief executive officer, STAR India as president. G Krishnan, executive director and chief executive officer, TV Today Network is the vice-president; while Sunil Lulla, managing director and chief executive officer, Times Television Network is the treasurer.