The Union Government has banned the transmission of Fashion TV (FTV) for ten days starting from Friday. Effective from 7pm on March 12 to 7pm on March 21, Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited transmission and re-transmission of the channel on cable TV networks and other platforms throughout India.
The Ministry stated that it has observed that FTV channel has violated clauses of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. The statement said, “Therefore, the Ministry, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section-20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, as amended from time to time, has taken this action.”
It went on further to say that it was noticed by the Ministry that “A programme on FTV channel was telecast on September 4, 2009 at 15:37:34 hours and 19:01:48 hours showing women with nude upper body which was offending against good taste and decency.” The statement also added that the visuals were obscene and denigrating to women and unsuitable for children and “unrestricted public exhibition”.
In 2007, the Ministry also prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV programmes like Midnight Hot showing semi-naked models.
The prohibition was revoked on May 25, 2007 after FTV.com India channel regretted their wrongdoing and assured that it will not be repeated in future.