Online news platforms, content providers under Broadcast Ministry


New Delhi: The Central Government has brought films, audiovisuals, news and current affairs content on online platforms under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

It has issued a notification for bringing films, audio-visual programmes by online service providers, news and current affairs content on online platforms under the purview of the Ministry.

As per the notification released by the Cabinet Secretariat on Tuesday night with the seal of approval from the President of India, content made available by online providers such as Netflix will also come under the ministry.

Some rules of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 have been amended.

These rules may be called the Government of India (Allocation of Business) three Hundred and Fifty Seventh Amendment Rules, 2020, which shall come into force at once, the notification added.

“In the Government of India (Allocation of Business, 1961, in THE SECOND SCHEDULE, under the heading ‘MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING (SOOCHANA AUR PRASARAN MANTRALAYA)’ after entry 22, the following sub-heading and entries shall be inserted, namely:- VA. DIGITAL/ONLINE MEDIA. 22A. Films and Audio-Visual programmes made available by online content providers. 22B. News and current affairs content on online platforms,” it said.