SunstarTV Bureau: Over The Top (OTT) platforms like online news portals and streaming services like Netflix are under the ambit of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India.
The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, whereas the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) keeps a tab on news channels. The Advertising Standards Council of India and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) control the advertising and films, respectively.
In October, the apex court sought the Centre’s response on a petition on the issue of regulating OTT platforms through an autonomous body.
Government issues order bringing online films and audio-visual programmes, and online news and current affairs content under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. pic.twitter.com/MoJAjW8fUH
— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2020
Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar had said in 2019, “The Centre will not take any step that can curb freedom of media”. But he further added that there should be a regulation mechanism on over the top platforms (OTT), just as it is there for other mediums like the print and electronic.