Parliamentary committee approves Advertising Bill including clean feed policy

Kathmandu, August 21

Parliament’s State Affairs and Good Governance Committee has approved the Adverting Bill with a provision to implement clean feed as soon as possible.

Previously, the National Assembly had approved the bill stating that clean feed would only be applied after the government announced the date through the national gazette. However, the parliamentary committee has amended the provision and approved the bill asking the government to apply clean feed as soon as possible.

The committee has given cable operators, which have already signed a broadcast agreement, a year to implement clean feed. However, the clean feed will be applicable to newly registered channels which will be broadcast in Nepal.

Similarly, the Advertising Bill also has a new provision which states that all government ads will have to go through the Advertising Board. If anyone finds that those government ads are not sent through the concerned channels, they can file a complaint at the Advertising Board or at the local level.

The committee has added a provision which will make it compulsory for businesses who advertise their products on social media to enter details of the company, address and other official documents.

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