The information and broadcasting ministry is learnt to have responded to an Election Commission notice on NaMo TV on Friday, saying it is an advertisement platform launched by DTH service providers, which does not require a government nod.

The ministry also said NaMo TV is not a regular channel and it does not figure in the official list of approved channels, a source revealed.

The information and broadcasting ministry told the poll panel that as per the existing norms, no approval is required from it to run such advertising platforms, the source said.

On Tuesday, the EC had issued a notice, seeking a report from the information and broadcasting ministry on NaMo TV, launched just weeks ahead of the general election, after opposition parties, including the Congress, asked the poll body to direct the ministry to suspend the channel as it was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

The EC will take a call on whether the launch of NaMo TV violated the model code of conduct after going through the documents the ministry files.


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