Criteria to run TV channels through cable operators sought under RTI
The appellant sought information regarding the requisite criteria to run TV channels through cable operators such as can the news channels run by the cable operators, whether there is any eligibility or qualification required, whether any clearance has been sought by the Ministry, the eligibility criteria to get an approval from the cable operator to run news channels at district and block levels, which office is certified by the government of India to give approval to run news channels at district and block levels, list of TV channels are running through cable operators without satellite cable in Haryana, to whom can the complaint be filed regarding the news channels running at regional level etc. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the sought information is available at the website of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
View of CIC
The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the PIO has given some information but pointed out certain deficiencies in the order of the PIO and directed him to provide the information with respect to those deficiencies.
Citation: Mr. Himashu Mehta v. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2012/001149/19184
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/442
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