OTT content debate: I&B the secretary says players should be aware of Indian cultural

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Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra on Thursday (April 13) said that the government’s ‘soft-touch’ regulatory approach towards the over-the-top (OTT) streaming space has led to some content that is ‘not desirable’.

Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Chandra urged OTT players to consider the country’s concerns and culture when creating content.

“… there are concerns that these (soft-touch regulations) may have resulted in undesirable content.” “We would like to request that the industry be aware of the country’s concerns and culture,” Chandra said.

He elaborated on the government’s stance on OTT streaming regulation, saying that the Centre had taken a’very soft-touch’ approach that encourages content self-regulation. Chandra stated that the ministry is satisfied with the current approach and that content-related complaints are handled at three levels: the content producer, the industry body, and finally the I&B Ministry.

He also stated that the Centre is working on a National Broadcasting Policy that will include OTT. According to Chandra, the new national policy is required because the current broadcasting ecosystem is fragmented into several parts with competing interests. He added, specifically mentioning media broadcasters and OTT players, that the Indian broadcast arena has different mechanisms, regulations, and tariffs, necessitating a new policy.

He also stated that the government is revising the Cinematograph Act, which could include provisions authorising the Centre to block websites hosting pirated content.

Chandra praised the homegrown Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comic (AVGC) sector, claiming that it has enormous content creation potential. Furthermore, the I&B Ministry has accepted the contents of the AVGC Task Force report and intends to bring the matter before the Cabinet soon.

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OTT content debate: I&B the secretary says players should be aware of Indian cultural

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra on Thursday (April 13) said that the government’s ‘soft-touch’ regulatory approach towards the over-the-top (OTT) streaming space has led to some content that is ‘not desirable’.

Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Chandra urged OTT players to consider the country’s concerns and culture when creating content.

“… there are concerns that these (soft-touch regulations) may have resulted in undesirable content.” “We would like to request that the industry be aware of the country’s concerns and culture,” Chandra said.

He elaborated on the government’s stance on OTT streaming regulation, saying that the Centre had taken a’very soft-touch’ approach that encourages content self-regulation. Chandra stated that the ministry is satisfied with the current approach and that content-related complaints are handled at three levels: the content producer, the industry body, and finally the I&B Ministry.

He also stated that the Centre is working on a National Broadcasting Policy that will include OTT. According to Chandra, the new national policy is required because the current broadcasting ecosystem is fragmented into several parts with competing interests. He added, specifically mentioning media broadcasters and OTT players, that the Indian broadcast arena has different mechanisms, regulations, and tariffs, necessitating a new policy.

He also stated that the government is revising the Cinematograph Act, which could include provisions authorising the Centre to block websites hosting pirated content.

Chandra praised the homegrown Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comic (AVGC) sector, claiming that it has enormous content creation potential. Furthermore, the I&B Ministry has accepted the contents of the AVGC Task Force report and intends to bring the matter before the Cabinet soon.

Disclaimer

We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in all of our reporting and coverage. We StartupNews.fyi want to be transparent with our readers about any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in our work. It’s possible that some of the investors we feature may have connections to other businesses, including competitors or companies we write about. However, we want to assure our readers that this will not have any impact on the integrity or impartiality of our reporting. We are committed to delivering accurate, unbiased news and information to our audience, and we will continue to uphold our ethics and principles in all of our work. Thank you for your trust and support.

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