Bengaluru: Private TV channels banned from covering Assembly proceedings

Bengaluru, Oct 9 (IANS): Ahead of the three-day winter session of the Karnataka Assembly from Thursday, Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri here on Wednesday banned national and regional private television channels from covering proceedings live.

"State-run Doordarshan's Kannada channel Chandana will provide the video feed of the Assembly proceedings to the private news channels," an official of the Speaker's office told IANS here.

"As decided by the Speaker, private news channels can also take feed from Doordarshan for live coverage of proceedings as they do in the case of Parliament," said the official.

Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri 

Television news reporters, however, will be allowed to cover the session as print and other media journalists, but cannot carry cameras inside.

"All news channels at the national level take feed from the Lok Sabha TV and the Rajya Sabha TV for live or deferred coverage of the parliamentary proceedings. The same will be followed from Thursday in Karnataka," said the official.

According senior Congress MLA and ex-Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar, private TV channels were allowed to cover the proceedings over the last two decades since they came into being. Till their arrival on the scene, Doordarshan was the only channel recording the sessions.

"I allowed a few private news channels to cover the proceedings live or recording for their audience when I was the Speaker in the mid-1990s," Kumar recalled.

Terming Kageri's decision as anti-democratic, Kumar said private broadcasters were allowed to cover proceedings for wider audience and greater reach of the legislators. "Eternal vigilance is the price of democracy. The people who elect us to the Assembly or council have right to know what we are doing in the session," Kumar said.

It's not the first time that private TV channels have been banned from covering live the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council session or recording them for deferred telecast.

A similar ban was imposed in 2012 by the BJP government after its present Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi was caught on camera allegedly watching porn on his mobile phone during the session, forcing him to quit after vociferous protests by the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular members.

The ban was, however, lifted amid protests by the media.



Comment on this article

  • S N BANGs, Thannirubhavi

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    May be this measure is taken to safe guard the MLA's private interest other than assembly Proceeding leaking by media .This happened some years back when MLAs watching interesting things in their Mobile inside the assembly.

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  • kalndr Mannapu, Puttur

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    Fear for the BJP party, people should not know their failure. In the election time Media was support BJP. Night time media always broadcast Modi's Modi Modi. Paid media

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    Only crooks will take such decision. If everything goes in order, then such stupid bans are not necessary.

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  • ray, shimoga

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    now they all will install VPN app

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    this idea must have been mooted by the blue boy DCM Savadi for his underground works while the session is in progress.

    Only talking about culture and traditions of the country but doing all nonsense.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    Instead of that they should have banned EVM. Some sense was there.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2019

    May be new ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Because they show the truth ...

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  • Mangalorean, MANGALURU

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    When you have loopholes in you, you definitely prepare in advance to hide them. Shame, and bigger shame on people who voted this govt to power

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  • LAN.........,, Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Oct 9 2019


    When you are afraid to show full coverage of Proceedings of the assembly...only reason for it know your performance is not good and you don't want public to see and judge your performance...

    Only way to force our legislators to perform better is let people see their performance and judge during next elections they can take a decision on their performance rather than party affiliations and Caste consideration...

    I would go even further and say all High Court and Supreme Court proceedings should be telecast...So people will know how justice is dispensed in our Country's superior Courts....I am sure no judges will like this suggestion for obvious reasons...

    These are public servants...paid by taxpayers money...and public has a right to know, how their money is spent...


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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Now the ruling party MLA's can watch more pron on their respective mobile's. Which they are used to.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    BJP leader who lost polls & was caught watching porn in House enters Karnataka cabinet.
    One of the new Karnataka ministers, Laxman Savadi had weathered the porn controversy with audacity, claiming the clips were for ‘educational purposes’.

    Of the 17 rebel MLAs who rebelled, Savadi is said to have convinced six legislators of the Congress to switch sides.

    Laxman Savadi and C.C. Patil, who was forced to resign in 2012 for watching a pornographic video in the assembly, were reinstated by the BJP.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes tall claims through the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign of providing security to women. It is, in fact, the opposite. The Manusmruti propagating BJP has exposed its true anti-woman character once again.

    If you write a letter to PM Modi about 'Lynching' Sedition charges.
    If you criticize the functioning of governance you are tagged 'Anti National'.

    But those watch 'Porn' in the assemble was made 'Deputy Chief Minister'.
    Those Godman's rape law student was charged with 'extortion'.

    Is this the 'Good Governance' promised by the BJP to the nation were censorship of media to hide the truth?
    Jai Hind

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Ruling Party has no spine Sadly!!!

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  • Howdy, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    What is the basis of differentiation between private and public TV channels and sacking of CEOs???...Is Zeenews a public or private channel???....

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 9 2019

    Control on reporting the truth?

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