The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to tighten reins on cable operators including an increase in penalties. The new amendments to the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 will address the problem of illegal channels running in different parts of the country.
The I&B ministry has received several complaints against cable operators showing illegal channels that do not have permission to up link or down link in India. A new section in the Cable Act prohibits cable operators from carrying unregistered satellite or terrestrial channels on their cable service making it a cognizable offense. The financial penalties have been increased for the first offense from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1 lakh and from Rs 5,000 to Rs 3 lakh for subsequent offenses.
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