The EC is set to ask that the expenditure incurred towards this ‘advertising’ portal be reflected in BJP’s annual audit and expenditure reports.
Apr 10, 2019, 07.06 AM IST
EC may also raise questions of legality of such channels/platforms and its implications in the context of the model code of conduct.
New Delhi: The Election Commission has ruled that
, BJP’s purported ‘advertising portal’ carried by DTH operators, should be subjected to content certification regime, like all other political advertisements during the model code period.
ET has learnt that the poll panel has written to the Delhi chief electoral officer to begin vetting and certifying NaMo TV content by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee. The EC is set to ask that the expenditure incurred towards this ‘advertising’ portal be reflected in BJP’s annual audit and expenditure reports.
Due to the regulatory void around NaMo TV, the commission may also raise questions of legality of such channels/platforms and its implications in the context of the model code of conduct.
Late on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission ticked off Doordarshan for giving ‘excessive coverage’ to the party in power. It has also written to the information and broadcasting ministry on the matter.
As per government sources, the EC has said that the “airtime coverage given to various political parties by the national broadcaster Doordarshan was disprodisproportionate and not balanced.” The commission has asked Doordarshan to give balanced airtime coverage to all political parties, government sources confirmed to ET.
Congress had complained that DD News had broadcast, live for 84 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘mein bhi chowkidar hun’ on March 31.
NaMo TV, launched on March 31, features Modi’s speeches and BJP-centric content. BJP twitter handles have been asking viewers to tune in to NaMo TV and NaMo App for the PM’s rallies and speeches. ET was first to report, last week, that the EC had sought a report on the issue from the I&B ministry on the sudden launch of NaMo TV following complaints from the Congress and AAP. I&B ministry informed EC that NaMo TV was not under its regulatory ambit as it was not a registered channel but an advertising platform offered for a fee to ‘advertisers’ by DTH service providers.
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