I&B advisory: TV Channels asked to exercise caution on reality shows involving children


New Delhi: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday issued an advisory to all Private Satellite TV channels for appropriate representation of children in dance-based reality shows.

The channels have also been advised to exercise restraint and display sensitivity and caution while showing reality shows and programmes.

The ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment. These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age.

All private satellite TV Channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme & Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed.

As per the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children.The programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence.

The Ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity, and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes.

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