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Naik Paranjpe gets Bigg Boss out of late-night back to prime-time

Exclusive: Naik Paranjpe & Co said it won back the 9pm prime-time slot for Viacom18 Media television show Bigg-Boss 4, following the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s categorisation of the show as an adult show after complaints of vulgarity, having pushed the show’s airing to the later 11pm slot.

Senior counsel Aspi Chinoy was instructed by Naik Paranjpe partner Ameet Naik in a writ petition filed in the Bombay High Court against the ministry’s 16 October order. They challenged the order on the grounds that the channel was not served a show cause notice before.

On 16 October the ministry had ordered Viacom18 Media-owned television channel Colors to postpone the show timing by two hours for displaying inappropriate and indecent content fit for adult viewing only.

Prayer clause (c) of the writ petition read, according to Naik Paranjpe: “That pending the hearing and final disposal of this petition the impugned order (Ex. B hereto) be stayed and the respondents be stayed by an order and injunction of this Hon`ble Court from implementing and/or acting in furtherance thereof or taking any other step or measure, which directly or indirectly has the effect or result of affecting the telecast of the show in its present 9 pm prime time slot or the broadcast of any of the channels of Petitioner No.1.”

The high court bench comprising justices Deshmukh and Deshpande have now stayed the operation of the order until 22 November 2010.

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