Hyderabad: Telugu news channel NTV owned by Rachana Television Pvt Ltd has been punished with a ban of seven days by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for allegedly airing the obscene content that filled with objectionable adult stuff during 2012.
The information and Broadcasting Ministry passed orders on ban of the NTV’s channel programmes after finding substantial evidence based on a complaint alleged that the channel was airing objectionable content in its programmes that are indecent in nature with inappropriate footage and visuals.
The complaint received was regarding Cine Colours programme during March 2012 and that it contained objectionable visuals breaching the provisions of the Cable TV Act.
NTV had aired a daily show in 2012 for 4 months named ‘Cine Colors’ at 11:30 PM. The telecast showed uncensored clips from various movies.
Earlier, the I&B ministry issued a “Show Cause” notice to the channel following the complaint on which the channel management personally attended before the committee and denied the allegations. Not taking the channel’s version into account, the ministry decided to penalize the channel and ordered the channel to stop the telecast for seven days starting from 3rd to 10th February 2015.
NTV director Ramadevi filed a petition in AP High Court challenging centre’s decision on banning the channel for one week during February. She requested the court to cancel the orders saying they had already given their clarification on the issue to the ministry. Ramadevi also stated that the center’s orders has breached the principles of natural justice.
NTV channel was launched by Rachna Television during 2007. It also has Sister channel like Bhakti TV, a Telugu devotional channel and also runs a Telugu women’s channel ”Vanitha TV”.