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I&B Ministry asks Prasar Bharati to ensure level-playing field for all parties after EC directive

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has instructed to ensure that the Election Commission's directive to "desist" from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party is adhered to in letter and spirit.

I&B Amit Khare, in a letter to Shashi Shekhar Vempati, instructed that the coverage by and abides by the directive and asked him put in place a mechanism for adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, sources said.

In a strongly-worded letter to the of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the said, "Would like you (secretary) to direct the channel to desist from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party and extend commensurate and balanced coverage of the activities of all recognised political parties..."

The commission had recently issued a show-cause notice to for showing Narendra Modi's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' programme for nearly one hour after opposition parties complained that the national broadcaster was being biased.

In its reply, had reportedly said the BJP has got maximum time on its news slot, followed by the Congress, since the Lok Sabha polls were announced.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 16:15 IST
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