Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the independent self-regulatory body for non-news general entertainment channels set up by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) in June 2011.
There is a constructive recognition of BCCC’s self-regulatory mandate by the Ministry of I&B, which refers complaints received/generated by it to the Council. A positive synergy exists between BCCC and Ministry of I&B with the Council keeping the Ministry informed of the action taken by it.
There has been a rapid increase in the number of complaints being handled by BCCC in view of the various measures implemented by the IBF’s member channels and the increased awareness amongst the Indian television audience.
The Council has, from time to time, received matters, complaints and references from the Hon’ble High Courts. It provides inputs to the Ministry of I&B for responding to questions put up by Hon’ble Members of Parliament.
Directives, Orders and Advisories issued by BCCC have received full compliance from member channels of IBF. There has been no instance of violation in this regard. The number of Advisories issued by BCCC since its inception has risen to 13.
BCCC has issued 15 detailed Orders to channels. Through these Orders, channels were asked to run apology scrolls and, in some cases, furnish financial penalties.
BCCC has held Five Interactive Sessions with channels to sensitise them about different aspects of content. Two such sessions have been conducted in Mumbai and one each in Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.