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Ministry of I&B Constitutes a 4 Member Committee Headed by Shashi S. Vempati to Review Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India

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Review Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India Headed by Shashi S VempatiOn November 4, 2020 The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB) constituted a 4 member committee to review “Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India” notified by the ministry in 2014. The committee is headed by Shashi S. Vempati, CEO(Chief Executive Officer) of Prasar Bharti.

Purpose of the committee- The committee will examine and study different aspects of the television rating system in India and will notify the changes if required.

Members of the Committee: 

The members of the committee includes, Dr Shalabh, Professor of Statistics,

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur; Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT(Centre for Development of Telematics); Professor Pulak Ghosh, Decision Sciences,  Centre for Public Policy (CPP).

Need of the Committee:

i.The committee is constituted to give a new look on the guidelines, especially in view of the recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), technological advancements / interventions to address the system and further strengthen the procedures for a credible and transparent rating system.

ii.This is based on the operation of the guidelines for a few years.

Committee’s Role:

i.Committee shall carry out an appraisal of the existing system.

ii.They may examine the recommendations of TRAI notified from time to time, overall industry scenario.

iii.Should Address the need of the stakeholders and make recommendations for a resilient, transparent and accountable rating system through changes, if any, in the existing guidelines.

Terms of Reference for the Committee

i.The past recommendations made by various forums in regard to television rating systems in India and related matters  to be studied.

ii.The recent recommendations of TRAI on the subject.

iii.Steps to be suggested to enhance competition in the sector.

iv.Review to be made on the currently notified guidelines to see if the intended purpose(s) of issuing the guidelines have been successful and has met the needs of various stakeholders involving The lacunae(Missing Stake), if any, shall be particularly addressed by the Committee.

v.Any issues related or incidental to the subject.

vi.Recommendation to be made to make a robust, transparent and accountable rating system in India.

viiAny other related issues assigned by the ministry from time to time.

viii.Within 2 months, the committee will submit its report to the Minister for Information & Broadcasting

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