Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited transmission and re-transmission of FTV channel with effect from 7.00 p.m on March 12 to 7.00 p. m. on March 21 through cable television networks and any other platforms throughout the country.
In a statement the I and B Ministry, said that it has observed that FTV channel has violated various clauses of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.
“Therefore, the Ministry, 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, has taken this action,” statement said.
The statement further said that it was noticed by the Ministry that “A programme on FTV channel was telecast on September 4, 2009 at 15:37:34 hours and 19:01:48 hours showing women with nude upper body which was offending against good taste and decency.”
“The visuals were found to be obscene, denigrating women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition,” statement added.
In the year 2007 also, the Ministry had prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV with effect on grounds of telecasting programmes such as ‘Midnight Hot’ wherein skimpily dressed and semi naked models were shown.
The prohibition was, however, revoked on May 25, 2007 after FTV.com India channel regretted their error and assured that such an error will not be repeated in future.