It's a first — according to many a dubious first. Outraged by a programme on AXN, 'World's ***iest Commercials', the government on Wednesday got into the moral policing act and banned the channel until March 15.
In the past, the government might have growled, even barked at 'poor taste' on TV, but it has never bitten off the channel.
The I&B ministry, which was the government’s sword arm in decapitating AXN, said the programme was against ‘good taste or decency’ and was adversely affecting 'public morality'. Only a few days ago, the ministry had ordered two TV channels to apologise for a tasteless Gandhi video.
AXN is primarily an action channel and was broadcasting the ***y ads programme late at night, after 11 pm. According to those who have watched it, these are creative ads with ***ual imagery and overtones, although rarely exposing too much skin. In that sense, it was adult stuff because it required an adult sensibility to react to the programme.
There are some other channels which show bikini-clad women in their late night programmes. Many other channels show movies that have ***ual references or imagery. Which raises the question whether the government has been selective in its action against AXN.
Interestingly, the proposed broadcast Bill recommendations allow adult programming after 11 pm. So, the axe on AXN would appear to be going against the spirit of the recommendations. I&B minister P R Dasmunsi, while announcing the ban, said the broadcast Bill would be brought to Parliament in the Budget session and would address issues of programme content.
Have they not seen the stuff they show the saas bahu crap?***ual references or imagery