The code of ethics for news publishers, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media has helped in bringing about “a lot of discipline” in the sector, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay said on Sunday.
The joint secretary was speaking at a roundtable on news broadcasting at the India Pavilion during the EXPO2020 Dubai here. In India, there’s no permission required to launch an OTT platform, Sahay said. “There are about 40-50 OTT platforms in India, none of them have to either register or seek prior permission. All of them have evolved in their own way depending on their business models and plans.
“Not only international platforms like Netflix and Amazon, but also a lot of OTT channels domestically have come up, including the ones in the regional languages. Only on content we have a code of ethics that we evolved a year back,” he added.