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NaMo TV can’t broadcast poll-related content in 48-h window

Prior to the broadcast of a programme on NaMo TV, the media house must get a certificate from the media certification and vigilance committee of the Delhi election office

New Delhi: The Election Commission, specifying the provisions of the model code of conduct, made it clear on Wednesday that election-related programmes sponsored by the BJP will not be broadcast on NaMo TV in the period of 48 hours before any polling date.

The commission has directed its nodal officer entrusted with the task of prior certification of programmes in electronic media, including TV channels, that election-related shows should not be broadcast on NaMo TV in 48 hours before any of the remaining six phases of the general election.

The commission has given the responsibility of pre-certification-related matters of programmes on electronic media to Delhi’s chief election officer who is the nodal officer.

Citing Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, the commission has said that broadcasting any programme related to the election in cinema, television or other mediums for 48 hours before voting prohibited.

This provision will apply also to NaMo TV. The commission had clarified last week that NaMo TV was a BJP-sponsored TV channel.

The commission has said it is important that, prior to the broadcast of a programme on NaMo TV, the media house seeks a certificate from the media certification and vigilance committee of the Delhi election office.

Further, the commission has asked the channel to remove content like electoral campaigns from its shows.

Earlier, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had written in its recommendation to the commission that NaMo TV was an advertising platform for which those who ran the channel needed no permission from the ministry.

Before the broadcast of the recorded programmes broadcast on this, the Commission has mentioned prior certification from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee of the Delhi Election Office. The Commission also asked the channel to remove political propaganda material.

Earlier, in a letter to the commission, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had said in its recommendation that Namo TV is an advertising platform for which there is no need to obtain a license from the Ministry.

For all reports related to the Lok Sabha election 2019, please visit this page.

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