Channel takes on I & B

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/09/2015

A Tamil news channel is fighting an order issued by the I and B ministry, alleging that two of its broadcasts has showed the prime minister in poor light and violated certain provisions of the Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Network (Cable) Act, 1995. Sathiyam TV, a Chennai-based Tamil language news and current affairs channel approached the Delhi high court challenging this order, on Monday. The court has issued notice to the government on the matter. 


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