India wants content regulator

Chris Forrester

There are growing calls for India to adopt a content regulator, similar to the UK’s OFCOM, in order to curb what is seen as a curbing obscenity and vulgarity on TV and radio.

A parliamentary discussion in New Delhi saw India’s Broadcasting Minister, Mrs Ambika Soni, state that such a body “with some teeth” was the only way to cut vulgarity on certain shows especially reality TV programming in the sub-Continent.

Soni suggested that the government would support the creation of such a body, membership of which would include key stakeholders in the media, lawyers and consumer organisations.