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New broadcast regulator in one month

India will get a new media regulator in less than a month, Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said at a CII conference on Friday.

The minister said that industry-government body meant to recommend the structure of the new body has finalized its proposals and the same are about to be forwarded to the Cabinet.

The body will have 13 members and will be headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.

“The proposed body will have four stakeholders from the broadcasting sector, four eminent people from the civil society and chairpersons or their nominees from our statutory commissions like those for women, children, Scheduled Castes or minorities,” Soni told reporters.

The government will keep its hands off of the body, which is expected to set programming guidelines about what can and what cannot be shown on television at particular timings.

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