The State has a duty to protect its citizens from broadcast of undesirable content. All developed democracies of the world regulate the broadcasting sector and the content being broadcast. Notwithstanding this, regulation of content is a legitimate function which the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has to discharge in response to grievances and complaints, court intervention etc. The setting up of a well equipped technologically modern facility is a meaningful tool to check the violations of the Codes enshrined in Cable Television Networks(Regulation) Act 1995 and rules framed there under, license conditions for private FM radio and DTH etc. The revised up-linking guidelines and down-linking guidelines for channels beamed at Indian viewers also require monitoring of violations and remedial measures thereto.
Social policy goods provided via public and commercial broadcasting channels include:
- Children’s programming
- Regional and local content
- Documentary programming
- Cultural /Language programming.
- Reality shows and feature films, news, sport, documentaries and other information programming such as talk shows, music videos and variety programming.
All the above require constant monitoring for violations and for protection of the viewers' rights.