Deputy Commissioner Dr. Bommanhalli warned unauthorized TV channels operating in the district without licenses that action would be taken against them especially the Youtube channels.
Speaking at a district-level committee meeting with Cable Television Network Act at DC’s office in Belagavi he said, all channels should be registered with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). There are complaints of TV channels blackmailing government officials and other people.
There are many unregistered Youtube channels working which is not permitted by law under the Cable Television Networks (Regulations) Act, 1995, it was stated in an affidavit filed before the court.
“Cable operators should charge a fixed fee from the customers. The customers can submit a complaint about charging extra for the services offered by the cable operators,” he pointed out.
All the Cable operators and MSO must telecast 27 DD channels compulsorily. In case any violations are reported stern action would be initiated.
A 24×7 control room has been set up in Bengaluru for monitoring and receiving complaints about programs telecast on cable and satellite television channels in the State. Citizens can lodge complaints through an exclusive landline number, email and WhatsApp, the government informed the Karnataka High Court on Monday.
Customers can call the control room on 080-22028013, or call 0831-2420344 mail [email protected] or sent through WhatsApp number 9480841212 to registering complaints or grievances on the contents of television channels under the provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulations) Act, 1995.