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Trai gets SC nod to fix TV tariffs
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the green signal to Trai to work out a fresh tariff regime that would determine how much a consumer paid for watching TV channels. And it would work this out without being caged by the stinging observations of TDSAT, which had directed Trai to study the matter afresh and issue a comprehensive order covering all aspects including the issue of subscription base.

While Trai counsel Harish Salve agreed to look into the matter without being bound by TDSAT directive for reworking the amount to be levied from consumers, it was senior advocate Fali S Nariman who argued that Trai should also look into the grievance of broacasters.

Nariman said while Trai had capped the tariff to be levied from consumers for watching TV channels, the broadcasters were made to cough up astronomical amounts to cable operators and MSOs to carry the channels to the homes. He said the amount has gone up from Rs 6 crore in 2004 to Rs 33 crore. A Bench brushed aside the objection of senior advocate C S Vaidyananthan, appearing for the MSOs, that the issue of capping the carrier charges was not the subject matter in the appeal.
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