Put childlock on, youll soon get adult TV

New Delhi, May 27 | Updated: May 28 2007, 07:04am hrs
The government may allow adult or A category content on television between 11 pm and 4 am. In addition, channels aired using the direct-to-home and the conditional access systems may be allowed to air such programmes.

With this India will join a select band of western nations where adult content is aired using a public broadcasting platform during specific hours. Although the government has been toying with the idea for some time, this is the first time it has zeroed in on a specific time slot. The government feels TV viewership by minors reduces at night and it is the responsibility of parents to control viewing. All programmes aired on TV will have to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The move comes just a few months after the information and broadcasting ministry banned Fashion TV and AXN for showing programmes, which it found objectionable. The government has also set up a committee to review the Programme and Advertising Code under the Cable Television Network Act.