Television

Govt permissions continue to elude Star News

NEW DELHI : The new year has arrived. From today, Star has 88 days before D-day dawns on April 1, 2003. And in the run up to unveil a new-look and completely overhauled Star News channel, the Rupert Murdoch company has to work out various logistics, including obtaining various permissions from the Indian government which are yet to come through.

The Cabinet note on Star News proposal was circulated by the information and broadcasting ministry to some ministries concerned in December, but the feedback and comments are yet to arrive. Before that happens, information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj would not like to take the proposal to the Cabinet for "collective guidance."

"We have sent reminders to the various ministries last Friday only on the Star News issue and are awaiting their response," a senior I&B ministry official told indiantelevision earlier today.

Asked when the ministry expects responses from other government departments, the official admitted, "We cannot hurry up other ministries on any issue. Especially this one as it is a sensitive issue and the (I&B) minister has made it clear that a thorough examination of all the aspects have to be done. Moreover, some issues also relate to security and the home ministry can take some time (on responding on Star News issue)." 

The Cabinet note has been circulated to the ministries of home affairs, defence, IT and telecommunications, law and finance, apart from the Prime Minister's Office.

Swaraj's contention on the Star News issue is that since it's a foreign company with foreign directors which wants to have a news channel for India, all aspects, including the editorial and financial control of the channel, need to be examined and for this, she would be needing the guidance of the whole Cabinet.

Although delays would not deter Star from starting the venture in whatever form it thinks fit, a clear idea of the government thinking would certainly help. Even if that means the government making a policy that foreign direct investment (FDI) in such news channels would be on the same lines as that in the news category in print - 26 per cent FDI, while the rest being resident Indian shareholding. 

Political sources indicate that Star needs to get all government permissions before the next session of Parliament (the Budget session) starts middle of February, because after that, not many in the government are likely to have time for most of the year to make policies on similar issues. Unless, of course, the big daddies in India and outside get into the thick of action.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/CNBC.jpg?itok=Gkb_kCVL
CNBC Bajar honours reality maestros from Gujarat at 'CNBC Bajar Real Estate Awards 2018'

Ahmedabad, 19th April 2018: India’s leading Hindi news channel - CNBC Bajar hosted Real Estate Awards - Gujarat’s most credible and authoritative awards in the Real Estate industry. The 2018 edition of the awards felicitated builders, architects and contractors across Gujarat, who have carved a...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/proma.jpg?itok=zAvzK541
PromaxBDA & India Radio Forum Onboard Moe's Art As 'Communication Partner'

Mumbai & Delhi, 18th April March: PromaxBDA India and India Radio Forum Awards 2018 - the two prestigious platforms that honour excellence in marketing and design, on television and in the radio industry respectively, have partnered with Moe’s Art - a multi-faceted communications firm with...

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/vishnu.jpg?itok=zU5miVnb
Vishnu Athreya elevated to SVP programming at Cartoon Network

MUMBAI: There’s good news for Vishnu Athreya’s fans amidst Indian animation studios. The man who gave a fillip to domestic animation production, when he ran Indian programming at Cartoon Network (CN), has got a promotion in Atlanta. Athreya has been promoted to senior vice president programming at...

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/repub.jpg?itok=0ZS0rq6-
Republic TV continues to lead as English news genre ratings drop

BENGALURU: Arnab Goswami-headed Indian English news channel Republic TV has continued an uninterrupted lead of the genre since its launch in May 2017. Republic TV led the genre with 0.553 million weekly impressions in week 15 of 2018 (Saturday, 7 April 2018 to Friday, 13 April 2018) according to...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/Zee2.jpg?itok=AZnLOqMt
Zee Anmol leads Hindi GEC (U+R) in BARC week 15

MUMBAI: Zee Anmol emerged as the leader, dethroning Star Bharat in the Hindi GEC (U+R) region according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data for week 15 of 2018. Star Plus and Colors swapped their second and third positions this week as compared to the previous week in the...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/sonu.jpg?itok=VfwwsPTY
Music Icon Sonu Nigam appoints ITW Playworx as his agency

Mumbai: Music Icon and Superstar Sonu Nigam has given the mandate of handling all his assignments to ITW Playworx. Specialists in the Entertainment, Media & Communication verticals, ITW Playworx, which is a part of ITW Consulting Pvt. Ltd. will adopt a complete 360-degree approach with respect...

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/zee.jpg?itok=lohNNuWO
Mr. Punit Goenka honoured with 'Outstanding Contribution to Media' Award at AIMA Managing India Awards 2018

19 April 2018, New Delhi: One of the most coveted leadership honours in the country, AIMA Managing India Awards, today awarded Mr. Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media’ Award.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/19/Leena_lele_Dutta_1.jpg?itok=wUn0nIfM
Sony Yay banks on originals with a slew of fresh content

MUMBAI: Home-grown content in India is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently, Discovery Kids launched Little Singham as its new character to spearhead its library of originals and now Sony Yay has also rolled up its sleeves to be in the thick of competition. The channel has a new show, KickO and...

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/18/Sandip_Tarkas.jpg?itok=_Sz_hKIo
Songdew TV launches to promote independent music

Songdew.com, which has been promoting independent musicians, has launched its TV channel today. The online music publishing platform has struck a deal with Videocon d2h exclusively. The channel will show the best of independent music and live acts from across the country.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories