Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has extended the deadline to give feedback on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharti) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, till 31 December 2018. The earlier deadline to submit the feedback was November 16.
The MIB in its earlier notice on October 17 had sought feedback/comments from General Public/Stakeholders on the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharti) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in order to amend the bill on Sporting Events of National Importance mandatory sharing with the national broadcaster.
The MIB in the extension notice has stated that “Reference this Ministry’s earlier notice dated 17.1 0.201 8 seeking feedback / comments on Draft Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, it is informed that the deadline for receiving feedback/comments from General Public/Stakeholders on the said draft Bill, 2018, to enable telecast of ‘Sporting events of National importance’ on mandatory channels of Doordarshan via Cable /DTH /IPTV Operators has been extended by this Ministry till 31 .12.2018.”
The earlier notice on October 17 provided the time till November 16 (a month from the date of the issue of the notice) to give the mandatory feedback to enable telecast of ‘Sporting Events of National Importance’ on mandatory channels of Doordarshan via cable/DTH/ IPTV operators.
The MIB wants to amend the act to extend the broadcast of the shared feed also to the DD channels distributed via means other than the terrestrial network and DD’s DTH network FreeDish. A Supreme Court order last year has prohibited the retransmission of the shared feed on DD’s non-terrestrial network. This denies the free access of the ‘Sports Events of National Importance’ to all the DD audience.
The SC order had also barred the private DTH platforms and MSOs/LCOs from showing DD’s non-terrestrial channels that re-transmitted the shared feeds for the duration of that particular event.