I&B seeks TRAI recommendation on Govt. entry into broadcasting sector

Telecom Lead India: The ministry of I&B has sought the recommendation of TRAI regarding the entry of central / state Governments and their entities into the broadcasting sector.

The ministry headed by Manish Tewari made this reference recently as the issue of granting permission to the State Government or its organs to run cable TV network has been drawing its attention from time to time particularly with reference to the TRAI recommendations restricting such entities to enter into broadcasting and distribution activities.

The ministry has received requests from central government ministry and from several state governments in the past.

TRAI in its recommendations on “Issues relating to entry of certain entities into Broadcasting and Distribution activities” dated 12.11.2008 was of the view that the State Government and their organs may not be permitted to enter into broadcasting and distribution activities.

As per extant policy guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of television channels, an applicant seeking permission to set up an uplinking hub / teleport or uplink/downlink a TV channel should be a company registered in India under the Companies Act, 1956 irrespective of its management control.

This assumes significance in view of significant growth in the broadcasting sector wherein the number of TV channels and cable connections in India has grown exponentially.

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