tv-channelsThe Maharashtra government has set up a committee to monitor the content telecast on private channels in the state. The government has set up a committee to monitor private TV channels. Any objectionable matter, if found, would be reported to the Centre, an official from the general administration department informed. It was an effort initiated by the Centre after an unrestrained media coverage of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The then minister of state for information and broadcasting and external affairs, Anand Sharma, had announced to form a committee at the Centre to curb cases of overplay in media, the official said. Following suit, now the state would also has formed a committee to deal with such complaints. The committee at the state level would act as a watchdog for the channels and can recommend actions to be taken to the central committee. It would be headed by the secretary of information and public relation and has five other members from various departments including police and women and child welfare. The committee would also have branches at district levels to keep a check on local or cable channels, the official said. The committee would mainly monitor if the channel programmes are violating the norms set up by broadcast ministry, the official said. The first meeting of the committee is expected to take place soon.

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