ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Broadcast Regulation:Once More into the Limbo

The fleeting public reappearance of the Broadcast Services Regulation Bill (BSRB) and its subsequent relegation to a legislative limbo is consistent with the central government's record of continually failing the test of creatively managing the airwaves as a public resource.

The fleeting public reappearance of the Broadcast Services Regulation Bill (BSRB) and its subsequent relegation to a legislative limbo is consistent with the central government’s record of continually failing the test of creatively managing the airwaves as a public resource.

In comparison to its immediate predecessor – the 2006 bill which had an identical name – the 2007 visitation of the BSRB shows some inclination to accommodate reservations about the government’s obduracy in holding on to its formal powers of control. A concession to autonomy has been made in the 2007 draft by ceding the power of appointing the broadcast regulatory authority to a supposedly non-partisan committee comprising the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the speaker of the Lok Sabha and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha. The delicate political balance within this collegium though is perhaps upset by the norm that a quorum of two would be sufficient to effect all appointments if the last named post is vacant. And if the committee fails to arrive at a consensus within 30 days of the central government putting up its nominations, the matter would go to the president of India for a decision.

Dear reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attracive subscription offers.

Click here

Comments

(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top