The presentation was made by Prasar Bharati before the Court of Appeals and Dispute Settlement in Telecommunications (TDSAT).
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In April, the public broadcaster told the TDSAT that the new policy for DD free Dish will be finalized in a few weeks.
“An attorney trained for the defendant argues that the relevant policy can be finalized by the relevant Ministry within a month or so,” the court said in its brief order.
The matter has been published under the same address on July 20. The provisional protection granted to broadcasters to transmit their channels pro rata will continue until new orders are placed.
The Prasar Bharati board had met on May 14 to make a decision on formulating a strategy to allow the sale of vacant slot machines on DD Free Dish.
However, the board did not make a decision but decided to inform the MIB about the pros and cons of discontinuing the slot sale policy. The I & B ministry will make a final decision on the matter.
The former I & B minister, Smriti Irani, opposed the auction of free slot machines for private TV sets. Irani’s claim was that private broadcasters benefited from Free Dish at the expense of DD.
This will be the first important task for the newly appointed Minister of R & B, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Previously he was MoS in the I & B ministry.
Cinema 24 × 7 had moved TDSAT in September 2017 against DD’s decision to cancel the slot auction without proposing an alternative plan to allow existing channels to continue on Free Dish. Subsequently, other broadcasters whose contracts had ended or were about to be finalized were also put into practice in the matter.
Broadcasters have argued that DD free can allow channels to continue on the free plate pro rata. They also argued that the decision of the DD is equivalent to discrimination since previously it granted continuity to the pro-rata channels.
After listening to all the parties, the court devised an interim agreement according to which the channels whose contract has ended or other similar ones should be allowed continuity pro rata if they need continuity due to the non-celebration of the electronic auction. and have applied or requested the same.
He also indicated that the publisher will be entitled to charge pro rata according to the highest bid amount or the reserve price, whichever is greater. The highest bid amount would mean the highest bid in that category in the previous year.
The agreement will come to an end as soon as the Central Government declares its new general policy and takes measures to fill the spaces in accordance with said policy. It is clarified that it will not be open for any petitioner or other operators to claim any right to continue on the basis of such provisional agreement.