India's local cable TV channels come under ministry scrutiny

Louise Duffy | 18-01-2013

India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has approached the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for its recommendations on regulating local cable TV channels.

“The intent of allowing cable operators to generate and transmit local programmes is to keep the people informed of relevant local issues,” the ministry said in a statement.

“However this intent is not fulfilled when LCOs and MSOs start networking of the content to cover a larger geographical area. Given the present state of technological advancement, the tendency to network content at a larger geographical area has gained strength.”