The Election Commission is learnt to have directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi on, Tuesday (April 09), to ensure that the contents of NaMo TV are pre-certified by the local Media Certification and Monitoring Committee.
Committees like the ‘Media Certification and Monitoring Committee,’ are formed at the district and state level during the elections to monitor and filter the political campaigns and advertisements by political parties.
Last week, the Commission had issued a notice seeking a report from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on NaMo TV, which launched just weeks ahead of general election, after opposition parties, including the Congress, asked the poll body to direct the ministry to suspend the channel in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
The EC has also asked the CEO to inform whether the political contents were at any given time cleared by the certification committee.
In its response, the I&B Ministry is learnt to have responded that the NaMo TV is an advertisement platform launched by DTH service providers which does not require government’s nod.
The ministry has also purportedly said that NaMo TV is not a regular channel and it does not figure in the official list of approved channels of the I&B Ministry.
As per the existing norms, no approval is required from the ministry to run such advertising platforms, the I&B ministry has allegedly told the panel.