Approved logo, but not NaMo TV content as it contained PM Modi’s old speeches: Delhi poll body to EC


Delhi Chief Electoral office had approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said is a part of NaMo app owned by it, but did not certify the content since it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said. The Election Commission on Tuesday had asked the CEOs office to inform whether the political contents were at anytime cleared by the certification committee. The BJP has said that NaMo TV is part of NaMo app, which is a digital property owned and run by it, according to the partys IT Cell head Amit Malviya. In its reply to the EC, the CEO office said they had received a request from the BJP to pre-certify the content. The Delhi poll body approved the logo of NaMo TV but the content that was submitted for certification had old speeches of the prime minister and it was felt that since they have already been aired, they did not require pre-certification, an official, privy to the development, said. READ ALSO | Last week, the poll panel had issued a notice seeking a report from the IB Ministry on NaMo TV, launched just weeks ahead of general election, after opposition parties, including the Congress, asked the poll body to direct the ministry to suspend the channel in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. In its response, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is learnt to have responded that the NaMo TV is an advertisement platform launched by DTH service providers which does not require government nod. The ministry is also learnt to have said that NaMo TV is not a regular channel and it does not figure in the official list of approved channels of the IB Ministry. As per the existing norms, no approval is required from the ministry to run such advertising platforms, the IB ministry is learnt to have told the poll panel.

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