Sunday, September 19, 2021
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

SC to take up IBF’s plea against new Tariff Order of TRAI tomorrow

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The Supreme Court will conduct hearing tomorrow on the petition filed by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), challenging the Bombay High Court verdict, which had upheld the constitutionality of the amended New Tariff Order (NTO 2.0) passed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

On 30 June, the Bombay High Court had upheld the TRAI’s amendments to the New Tariff Order that outlined how TV channels should be priced, which the regulator issued in January, 2020.

The High Court’s observation was that the broadcasters have right to freedom of speech and expression but it is not absolute, it infringes on their fundamental right to freedom of speech, they said.

IBF, a unified representative body of television broadcasters in India, had moved the Bombay High Court against TRAI’s amended new tariff order (NTO), soon after it came out in January, 2020. Meanwhile, the telecom regulator had filed caveats in all major High Courts against issuing a stay without hearing what it has to say in the matter.

The Broadcasters that had come together under the IBF umbrella to take on TRAI included Star India, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, and Sony Pictures Networks.

According to the new tariff order (NTO), consumers could choose the TV channels they want to watch and pay only for them at maximum retail prices (MRPs) set by broadcasters, instead of the pre-set bouquets offered earlier. The new tariff order was expected to make channels cheaper for the consumer and offer more choice. However, on ground, the opposite happened as the cost of like-to-like channel options went up.

To bring down the cost of entertainment for the end consumer, Trai had announced amendments to the NTO on 1 January, 2020. As part of the new amendments, Trai reduced the cap on the MRP of individual channels, which can form part of any bouquet, to Rs. 12 from Rs. 19 per month, which the IBF said had not been backed by any logical rationale or consumer insight. The regulator also sought to impose twin conditions for bouquet formation, effectively introducing a cap on bouquet pricing, which broadcasters felt would limit the number of channels in the bouquet and reduce the value delivered to consumers.

Also Read: Toolkit case: Delhi High Court hears Disha Ravi’s plea seeking protection of Right to Privacy, Right to Fair Trial

By upholding NTO 2.0, though it did strike down one of the pricing conditions, media experts said the Bombay high court judgment would essentially compel broadcasters to either lower prices of channels offered on a la carte basis or reduce the number of channels they offer as part of a bouquet. The resultant possible shift by customers to a la carte channels (because of lower prices) would lead to greater precedence for mass-driven channels and not bode well for niche, English language or infotainment genres.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.

News Update

Supreme Court refuses relief to NLSIU student who wasn’t promoted due to uncleared exams

A two-judge bench of Supreme Court said “How long you want that courts should run the institutions/universities and why should we interfere?” While relying to the contentions of the petitioners counsel to promote her to final year by way of an opportunity.

NGT directs stoppage of Baitarani river project work of sand filling, embankment, retention wall

According to the order 8 applicants are seeking a direction to the respondents restraining them from the sand filling work of the river basin of Baitarani on the South Bank at the place where river Baitarani bifurcates as Old Baitarani and New Baitarani in the Bhadrak District of Odisha.

Allahabad High Court recalls order listing case of errant advocate before another bench

The Allahabad High Court has recently recalled its order in which it had directed the listing of a matter before another bench citing the "mischievous behaviour of the advocate".

CBI seeks dismissal of petition for separating Director of Prosecution from agency, says post enjoys full autonomy in affidavit

The Central Bureau of Investigation has informed the Delhi High Court that the Directorate of Prosecution has got full autonomy and there is no interference in the functioning of a law officer and it has no decision-making power in the appointment of the Director of Prosecution.

Supreme Court allows appeal against summons issued to invoke power under Section 319 CrPC

The Supreme Court has set aside the summons passed by the Sessions Judge, Khiri saying the Sessions Judge will apply his mind in the light of principles laid down by the Constitution Bench.
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.