In the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all the broadcasters, DTH and cable operators to continue the supply of uninterrupted services to their customers. In a letter issued dated 11 April, 2020 to all broadcasters,
DTH providers, Multi-System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs) the Ministry requested to continue the uninterrupted services with the distribution chain.
“As you are aware, Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed Broadcast and Cable Services to be operational as essential services during the period of containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country vide its order dated 24.03.2020. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also requested all States/UTs on 23.03.2020 to ensure operational continuity of print and electronic media, The intent behind the constant flow of essential and authentic information through various media is to ensure public order and safety in the current situation of an unprecedented, pandemic,” MIB said in its letter to broadcasters and DPOs.
“It will be appreciated by all concerned stakeholders that at this critical juncture, this steady flow of information and keeping the public engaged inside their homes with programmes on news, authentic information and entertainment is of paramount importance. Therefore, all the stakeholders (Broadcasters, DTH Providers, MSOs, LCOs) are advised to continue to provide uninterrupted services to their respective subscribers and cooperate with other players within the distribution chain in the interest of the viewers and larger public safety in these difficult times,” it further stated.
“All steps may, therefore, be taken to ensure that the people continue to uninterruptedly view the available channels.”