About Us

Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting established Electronic Media Monitoring Centre started in 2008 with the aim to have effective monitoring of content of various TV channels beaming over Indian Territory for any violation of :


  • Programme Code
  • Advertisement Code
  • Various provisions of Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995

Any other law relevant to the content of Satellite TV Channel

The Centre has been entrusted with the work of monitoring the contents of (a) All TV channels up linking and down linking in India to check the violation of Programme and Advertisement Codes enshrined in Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and Rules framed there under, (b) Any other such work relating to monitoring of contents of broadcasting sector assigned by the Government from time to time. At present, EMMC records around 900 TV channels round the clock. EMMC monitors and carries out a scrutiny of violations by electronic media in accordance with Codes framed under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995. EMMC puts out reports on violations along with the recorded clips to the Scrutiny Committee, which examines and goes into the purported violations and forwards its findings to the Inter-Ministerial Committee and other bodies for further action.


Background

Central Monitoring Centrewas set up in Shimla way back during the World War II to monitor anti war propaganda, carried out by various international radio programmes. The location was chosen because of its high altitude so as to get clear radio wave signals. Later, with the advancement in technology and with the need for expansion, the Centre was shifted to its new complex at Aya Nagar, New Delhi in 1981 and renamed asCentral Monitoring Services (CMS. At that time, it was under the control of DG: All India Radio but later it was brought under the direct control of Ministry of I & B in 2003.

In addition to other works, CMS was monitoring the content aspect of TV channels to look into the violation of Programme & Advertising Code under Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. CMS activities (excluding content monitoring) were transferred to National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) with effect from 01.04.2005. Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) was set up on 9th June, 2008 under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to monitor the content aspect of TV channels and report on violations of Programme and Advertising Code.

CMS was initially engaged in the collection of Open Source Intelligence, monitoring of news and news-based programmes of foreign radio stations including anti-India propaganda unleashed by certain countries and issues that concern the nation. Later, with the expansion and explosion of television media, monitoring of the news and news based programmes carried by this powerful media was also added to its mandate. In addition, CMS was also monitoring content aspect of TV channels to look into the violation of Programme & Advertising Code under Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.

Cabinet Secretariat vide order No. 1/109/18/2003-TS dated 15.04.2004 conveyed the decision of transferring CMS to National Technical Research Organization (NTRO). The open intelligence gathering operations of hitherto Central Monitoring Service were merged into NTRO. NTRO was set up to synergise all intelligence collection activities. Consequently, CMS activities (excluding content monitoring) were transferred to NTRO with effect from 01.04.2005.

Therefore, the Ministry revamped the content monitoring aspect or erstwhile CMS and decided to rechristen it as theElectronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) in the 11th five year plan.