I&B ministry bans FTV for 10 days for telecasting indecent content

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has prohibited transmission and re-transmission of FTV Channel with effect from 12 March to 21 March, 2010 through Cable Television Networks and any other platforms throughout the country.

A programme on FTV Channel was telecast on 4 September, 2009 showing women with nude upper body, which was offending against good taste and decency. The visuals were found to be obscene, denigrating women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting observed that FTV Channel violated Rule-6 (1) (a), (d), (k), (o) & 6(5) of Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 and therefore, the Ministry, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section-20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, as amended from time to time, has taken this action.

In 2007 too, the Ministry had prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV on grounds of telecasting programmes such as Midnight Hot wherein skimpily dressed and semi naked models were shown. The prohibition was, however, revoked on after FTV.com India Channel regretted their error and assured that such an error will not be repeated in future.