BCCC gives advisory to channels on superstitious content

11 Dec 2015 | By Vaneet Randhawa
BCCC's stern stand on 'occult' TV shows

Television channels such as ZEE, Colours, Sun TV, and MAA TV were sent an advisory from the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council regarding their occult programmes.

The BCCC notice was given to channels because of objections from viewers on apprehensive content.

BCCC asked the channels to "exercise caution" while putting out programmes on "occult, superstitions, black magic" and regarding portrayal of women in negative roles.

In context: BCCC's stern stand on 'occult' TV shows

Jun 2011Television regulation board is born

The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) was set up in 2011 to "self-regulate the content of all non-news TV channels in India".

It regulates as many as 550 Indian entertainment channels including children's television and special interest channels to inhibit the telecast of lewd or offensive content and to addresses public complaints.

The body also decides what content needs to be categorised as 'restricted'.

Penalty Effects of a BCCC advisory violation

Any breach of the advisory from BCCC is considered a serious offence and requires the channel to retract or edit the content considered offensive.

If the channels continue to infringe the advisory, a fine of up to Rs.30 lakh can be imposed.

On further violation, the case is referred to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and can lead to the channel's licence being withdrawn.

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13 advisories issued since 2011

Since its inception 13 advisories have been issued by the BCCC, this however, is the first advisory on "superstition and black magic and their role in the portrayal of women".

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Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal, who heads BCCC said the advisory was issued because occult programmes "were getting too frequent on the channels."

Further BCCC said that while it respected the channel's creative freedom but such depictions should not be 'exaggerated' and that it was only laying guidelines.

If extremely necessary for the story, the channels were directed to run a scroll disapproving such practices.