RED FM Radio Channel Facing Ban

After Live India , the new media brand in India facing the ire of Information and Broadcasting Ministry is RED FM radio channel which is likely to be banned for a week for airing derogatory remarks against Indian Idol winner Prashant Tamang.

According to a Prasar Bharti news report, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has allowed I&B ministry to ban RED FM.

“It is ordered that the respondent (I&B Ministry) will be free to proceed with the show cause notice and take whatever decision it feels proper or necessary in the facts and circumstances of the case,” TDSAT chairman Justice Arun Kumar said while hearing a plea by the radio channel.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal also held that any order or direction passed by the Ministry would not be implemented till 4th October, the next date of hearing.

The tribunal also issued a notice to the ministry, which was received by its counsel Vineet Malhotra.The radio channel had approached the tribunal against a show cause notice issued by the ministry on 29th September.

The ministry had issued a show cause notice to the channel after a radio jockey made some remarks against the Gurkha community while referring to Tamang who won the Indian Idol contest on a television channel.The remarks had sparked violence in Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kalimpong last week which promptied authorities to clamp curfew.

However the final decision on the ban will be taken in the TDSAT hearing on October 4,2007. If banned, RED FM will be the first radio channel to be banned in India.

Meanwhile , the Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) on Monday had set up an advisory committee to formulate a self-regulatory content code for private FM radio broadcasting in India.

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