Bills and Legislations

Australia Announces Regulatory Review

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:10

The Australian government has announced a review of that country's regulatory structure for the broadcasting and telecommunications industry's. The review is specifically to examine the functioning of the Australian Communications and Multimedia Authority (ACMA), to "examine the objectives, functions, structure, governance and resource base of the ACMA to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose for both the contemporary and future communications regulatory environment."

In principle, CASBAA welcomes this effort to keep government structures and practices current, in an era of extremely rapid change in communications markets. The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) will be participating in the review on behalf of the pay-TV industry, and CASBAA will be consulting with ASTRA in the coming weeks.

Members may download the terms of reference for the review here, and the Issues Paper from the Department of Communications here.


Battle over Broadcasting

Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:55

Renewal of the Broadcasting Law is pending before Indonesia's Parliament, and it is throwing up real sparks, as both the Government and the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) seek final authority over licensing of radio and television entities (including pay-TV operators.) Indonesian daily "Tempo" recently published opposing commentaries, and those interested can read informal translations here.


Tax rise warning from CASBAA and Indian Broadcasters

Monday, 22 April 2013 11:07

Hidden in the recent Indian budget was a boost in taxes on satellite transmission services. CASBAA and the Indian Broadcasting Foundation have written to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with a clear warning: higher satellite taxes will mean hikes in TV bills for hundreds of millions of Indian consumers. The Associations noted that for the previous decade the trend had been to lower such taxes to facilitate India's integration with the rest of the world and more closely track rates in other countries. The recent budget reverses that trend, proposing a boost in the tax rate from 10% to 25%. CASBAA and IBF called the higher rate "highly unreasonable, arbitrary and unjustified in prevailing market conditions." They noted that the increase in taxation will inevitably cascade down and fall on a great mass of Indian taxpayers.

Download the letter here .


New Regulation of OTT Services Eyed in Singapore

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:27

The Singapore government has received recommendations from a panel of experts on how to adapt to ongoing “convergence” which is bringing more and more video content to Singaporeans online.   The recommendations include extension to major online payers (theoretically even those located outside Singapore, but who target the local market) of Singapore’s content censorship standards as well as licensing requirements and fees.   They also envision implementation of “site blocking” to restrain easy access to a list of global pirate websites and new requirements for the pay-TV industry to subsidize creation of Singaporean TV content.

CASBAA participated in discussions with the expert panel; our submission and other documents are available to members only, here

The government will now consider which of these recommendations to implement.   Some will require new legislation.   A public consultation on the proposals is likely, in January 2013.

The “Final Report of the Media Convergence Review Panel” can be downloaded ­here


Establishment of the Communications Authority

Sunday, 01 April 2012 10:12

Communications Authority ("CA") of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a unified regulatory body overseeing the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, has been established on Apr 1, 2012.Click here for more information.


CASBAA Urges Improvement of HK Copyright Legislation

Friday, 22 July 2011 10:12

In a submission to Hong Kong's Legislative Council, CASBAA repeated its concern that the current Copyright Amendments bill, the product of six years of discussion to update Hong Kong's legislation for the digital era, "will not in itself do much to deter further rapid growth in online piracy of television content." CASBAA urged the SAR authorities to add to the legislation provisions to encourage ISPs to adopt policies to assist with consumer education, and deter abuse of the internet by serial infringers. View the Legislative Council submission here.


Briefing on Hong Kong’s new Communications Authority

Friday, 17 September 2010 10:13

Hong Kong government officials provided a briefing for CASBAA and other broadcasting stakeholders on plans to “converge” existing regulators into a new Communications Authority. The presentation can be downloaded here.


Broadcast Bill to be delayed

Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:14 - The controversial broadcast Bill seems fated to remain in the backburner for an indefinite period with the government saying it would take a decision on the issue only after it received comments from all states and Union territories. The Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill seeks to regulate television content and envisages establishment of an exclusive body to monitor content, the main bone of contention between private broadcasters and the government.

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Tdsat sets aside IMCL petition for interim injunction

Monday, 19 May 2008 10:14 - On the petition filed by IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal today said it was not inclined to issue an injunction on the disconnection notices issued by the multi-system operator's (MSO) four distributors in Mumbai.

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Arun Bhatnagar is Prasar Bharati chairman

Saturday, 03 May 2008 10:14 - Parsar Bharati has appointed retired IAS officer Arun Bhatnagar as chairman. The appointment comes almost two months after the exit of MV Kamath as the chairman of Prasar Bharati.

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