Check duration of ads on TV, MIB told

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/01/2018

Television Post reports that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) has asked the  I&B ministry to regulate the duration of ads aired by TV channels because consumers are subjected to unlimited advertising during programmes. TRAI had attempted to regulate the number of ads a few years ago and its recommendation is currently sub judice. It also asked MIB to ensure that ticker ads not cover more than 10% of the TV screen space. The recommendations are part of the Standing Committee's 44th report.                 

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The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        

Television Post reports that the MSO Hathaway has switched  off the Times Network owned channels from its platform for non-payment of outstanding dues.  Hathaway had apparently been running scrolls informing subscribers about the impending switch-off. Hathaway and Times had signed a one year fixed fee deal which Times Network wanted revisited, though the contract runs till March.                

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