New Delhi: IBF on behalf of its member broadcasters has issued a clarification regarding their position on billing DPOs in accordance with the provisions stipulated by TRAI under the New MRP Regime. The industry body has advised member broadcasters to raise invoices under the New MRP Regime effective from the month of February 2019 onwards.
The clarification comes in view of confusion prevailing amongst DPOs regarding the implementation of the New MRP Regime after TRAI extending the switch over time upto 31st March, 2019 to those subscribers who have not yet migrated to exercise their choice and subsequently the broadcasters have been receiving calls from some DPOs seeking clarification regarding submission of monthly subscriber reports (MSRs) and billing for the month of February 2019.
In its statement IBFhas stated that its member broadcasters have executed the Reference Interconnect Agreements (RIOs) under the New MRP Regime with the DPOs and have implemented the New MRP Regime effective 1st February, 2019 as mandated by TRAI. Thus all DPOs are statutorily bound to adhere to the provisions of the New MRP Regime.
IBF has requested DPOs to provide their MSRs as mandated under the New MRP Regime in respect of each of their subscribers on the duly notified dates viz., 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of every month.
It also notified on behalf of its members that from the month of February 2019 onwards IBF member broadcasters will be raising invoices on DPOs in accordance with the provisions stipulated by TRAI under the New MRP Regime.