Fashion net sidelined in India


NEW DELHI -- The Indian Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has banned satellite channel Fashion TV for two months for "showing programs that are against good taste and decency, denigrate women and are likely to adversely affect public morality," according to an official order issued Thursday.

The transmission or retransmission of the channel on all platforms has been prohibited from April 1-May 30, with the government noting that its ruling is based on powers conferred by the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act of 1995.

Since it began transmission more than seven years ago, FTV has regularly been the subject of debate here for its content that includes catwalk lingerie shows like "Victoria's Secret" and, in particular, a daily program titled "Midnight Hot," which includes saucy photo shoots like those of the famed Pirelli Calendar that sometimes feature semi-naked models.

FTV is headquartered in Paris, and its programming lineup largely consists of catwalk recordings from fashion shows and photo shoots all over the world.

This is the second channel banned in this manner by the I&B Ministry after the mid-January ban on Sony Entertainment Television's AXN channel.

AXN was banned because one of its shows, "The World's Sexiest Advertisements," was considered objectionable by the government. The ban was lifted 15 days before its expiration after an apology by AXN.