THE CABLE TELEVISION NETWORKS RULES, 1994
As amended by
The Cable Television Networks
(Amendment) Rules, 2000
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 22 of the Cable
Television Networks (Regulation) Ordinance, 1994 (9 of 1994)*, the Central Government
makes the following rules, namely: -
- Short title and commencement.-
(1) These rules may be called the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.
(2)They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
- Definitions -- In these rules, unless the
context otherwise requires, -
- "cable operator"
means any person who provides cable service through a cable television network or
otherwise controls are reponsible for the management and operation of a cabel television
- "cable service"
means the transmission by cables of programmes including retransmission by cables of any
broadcast television signals;
- "cable television network"
means any system consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signals
generation, control and distribution equipment, designed to provide cable service for reception by multiple
- "company" means
a company defined in section 3 of the
Companies Act, 1956;
- "form" means form appended to these rules;
- "person" means-
- an individual who is a citizen of India;
- an association of individuals or body of individuals, whether incorporated
or not, whose members are citizens of India;
- a company in which not less than fifty-one
percent, of the paid-up share capital is held by the citizens of India;
- "programme" means
any television broadcast and includes-
- exhibition of films, features, dramas, advertisements and serials through
video cassette recorders or video cassette players;
- any audio or visual or audio-visual live performance or presentation;
and the expression "programming service" shall be construed
- "registering authority"
means the registering authority notified under
clause (h) ofsection 2 of the Cabel Television Networks (Regulation)
means a person who receives the signal
of cable television network at a
place indicated by him to the cableoperator, without further transmitting it to any
for registration as a cable
television network in
(1) Every application for registration as a cable
television network in India shall be made in writing in form 1 and shall be renewable after every twelve
(2) The application shall be addressed to the registering
authority and delivered to his office in form
(3) (a). Every application for registration or renewal of registration shall be
(i) a fee or rupees five hundred only;and
(ii) the requisite documents mentioned in forms
1 and 2.
(b). Every application for issue of duplicate certificate of registration shall be
(i) a fee of rupees two hundred and fifty only; and
(ii) the requisite documents mentioned in form
- Examination of Applications.-
On receipt of an application under rule 3 the registering
authority shall examine the application having regard to the provisions of section 4
of the Ordinance*.
(1) On being satisfied
that the applicant fulfils the provisions of the Act, the registering authority shall issue a registration
certificate in form 3.
Provided that where the registering authority is
satisfied that the registration cannot be granted to the applicant, he shall inform the applicant in form 4.
(2)On receipt of an application under clause (b) sub-rule (3) of rule 3 for issue of
duplicate certificatethe registering authority
shall examine the application having regard to the provisions of rule 3 and shall issue a
duplicate Registration Certificate in form 3A;
- No programme should be carried in the cable service which-
- offends against good taste or decency;
- contains criticism of friendly countries;
- contains attack on religions or communities or visuals or word contemptuous of religious
groups or which promote communal attitudes;
- contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and
- is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance
of law and order or which promote anti-national attitudes;
- contains anything amounting to contempt of court;
- contains aspersions against the integrity of the President and judiciary;
- contains anything affecting the integrity of the Nation;
- criticises, maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of
social, public and moral life of the country;
- encourages superstition or blind belief;
- denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of a woman, her
form or body or any part thereof in such a way
as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to women, or is likely to deprave,
corrupt or injure the public morality or morals;
- denigrates children;
- contains visuals or words which reflect a slandering, ironical and snobbish attitude in
the portrayal of certain ethnic, linguistic and regional groups;
- contravenes the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
- The cable operator should strive to carry programmes in his cable service which project women in a
positive, leadership role of sobriety, moral and character building qualities.
- programmes meant for adults should normally
be carried in the cable service after 11 p.m.
and before 6 a.m.
- Care should be taken to ensure that programmes
meant for children do not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence.
- programmes unsuitable for children must not
be carried in the cable service at times when
the largest numbers of children are viewing.
- Advertising Code. -
- Advertising carried in the cable service
shall be so designed as to conform to the laws of the country and should not offend
morality, decency and religious susceptibilities of the subscribers.]
- No advertisement shall be permitted which
- derides any race, caste, colour, creed and nationality;
- is against any provision of the Constitution of India;
- tends to incite people to crime, cause disorder or violence or breach of law or
glorifies violence or obscenity in any way;
- presents criminality as desirable;
- exploits the national emblem, or any part of the constitution or the person or personality of a national leader or a
- in its depiction of women violates the Constitutional guarantees to all
citizens.In particular, no advertisement shall be permitted which projects a
derogator image of women. Women must not be portrayed in a manner that emphasises
passive, submissive qualities and encourages them to play a
subordinate,secondary role in the family and society.The cable operator ensure that the portrayal
of the female form,in the programmes carried in
his cable service is tasteful and
aesthetic, and is within the well established norms of good taste and
- exploits social evils like dowry, child marriage.
- No advertisement shall be permitted the objects whereof are wholly or mainly of a
religious or political nature; advertisements must not be directed towards any religious
or political end.
- The goods or service advertised shall not suffer from any defect or deficiency as
mentioned in Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
- No advertisement shall contain references which are likely to lead the public to infer
that the product advertised or any of its ingredients has some special or miraculous or
super-natural property or quality, which is difficult of being proved
- The picture and the audible matter of the advertisement shall not be excessively
- No advertisement, which endangers the safety of children or creates in them any interest
in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner shall
not be carried in the cable service.
- Indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be
avoided in all advertisements.
- No advertisement which violates the standards of practice for advertising agencies as
approved by the Advertising Agencies Association of India, Bombay, from time to time shall
be carried in the cable service.
- All advertisements should be clearly distinguishable from the programme and should not in any manner interfere
with the programme viz., use of lower part of
screen to carry captions, static or moving alongside the programme.
- Register. - Each cable operator shall maintain a register in form 5 for each month of the year for which the
registration is granted.