Transmission of FTV Channel prohibited till 21 March

The ministry of information and broadcasting has prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV Channel with effect from 7:00 pm on 12 March 2010 till 7:00 pm on 21 March 2010 through Cable Television Networks and any other platforms throughout the country.

The ministry of information and broadcasting said the ban has been imposed on FTV Channel for showing women with nude upper body, which was offending against good taste and decency, in its telecast at 15:37:34 hours and 19:01:48 hours on 4 September 2009.

The I&B ministry said FTV Channel has violated Rule-6 (1) (a), (d), (k), (o) & 6(5) of Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 and therefore, the ministry has taken this decision 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.

The ministry said the visuals in a programme on FTV Channel telecast at 15:37:34 hours and 19:01:48 hours on 4 September 2009 were found to be obscene, denigrating women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition.

Earlier, the ministry had prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV from 1 April 2007 to 30 May 2007 on grounds of telecasting programmes such as 'Midnight Hot' wherein skimpily dressed and semi naked models were shown. The prohibition was, however, revoked on 25 May 2007 after FTV.com India Channel regretted their error and assured that such an error will not be repeated in future.