Tewari favours separate techno-commercial regulator for the broadcasting sector

Written by feBureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 6 2013, 08:12am hrs
Union minister for information and broadcasting (I&B) Manish Tewari has favoured setting up of a separate "techno-commercial" regulator for the rapidly expanding broadcasting sector, even as he maintained that the government had no intention to control media content.

Addressing the first meeting of an expert committee on Prasar Bharati on Friday, Tewari said he felt that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which currently serves as the broadcasting regulator, was not originally supposed to carry out this function.

"The government has no intention of putting a regulator in the statutory space. When I talk to my friends in the media, I tell them I spent a fair amount of time in telecom courts, I am conversant with the Trai Act, and I find it a bit of an oxymoron, though some of my colleagues don't agree, that broadcasting was never supposed to be a part of the Trai remit," Tewari said.

Tewari noted that these ideas were not policy pronouncements of government but his personal views. The I&B minister said that since broadcasting has grown and expanded in such an exponential manner, may be the time has come to look on the techno-commercial side.

"I underscore, underline, put in inverted commas, on the techno-commercial side, the need for a separate broadcasting authority," he said.