Regulators

Trai, govt lock horns over revenue share

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/05/20/Trai_0.jpg?itok=paSN9csr

NEW DELHI: Broadcast and cable regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), has reiterated some its earlier suggestions on FM radio broadcasting, while "strengthening" some other aspects after incorporating suggestions from the government.

In this connection, for example, Trai has said instead of all applicants being requested to provide only 50 per cent of the entry fees of phase I, as earlier recommended, they may be asked to provide 50 per cent of the amount bid as a demand draft along with their bids.

This will be refunded if the bidder is unsuccessful. If the bidder is successful, it will have to pay the balance 50 per cent within seven days of being informed that the bid has been accepted.

This is in response to a government observation that Trai's recommendations relating to FM radio broadcasting does not adequately protect the former's interest.

The government had said that Trai's recommendation, with regard to adoption of closed bid tender system without any reserve entry fee and adequate penal provisions for withdrawal and with a provision for a waiting list, is "considered to be susceptible to both pre-tender and post-tender cartelization" and, therefore, unacceptable.

The information and broadcasting ministry had also pointed out that there is a case for prescribing a reserve entry fee, with sufficient withdrawal penalty to deter a non-serious bidder, from participating in the tender process.

To an another suggestion from the government on the method of licensing and arresting loss of revenue, Trai, in its response to the government today, assured that under-reporting of revenues earned by the private FM radio players could be effectively neutralized.

"One of the ways that advertising revenues can be under reported is by appointing an agent for collecting advertisements and then paying such agency heavy commission. It is (now) recommended that the maximum permissible agency commission may be fixed as 15 per cent of gross advertising revenue and this limit may be specified in the license agreement to ensure that there is no wrongful loss to the government," the regulator has said, conceding a government point.

However, Trai has stoutly defended its recommendation on migration to revenue share (4 per cent) from the existing license fee regime despite the government objecting to this on the ground that revenue earnings of a radio operator are expected to be in the form of advertising revenues, which are un-metered, unlike the earnings of a telecom service provider, amongst other things.

Pointing out that decline in revenue for the government cannot be the only criterion for not accepting a revenue share regime, Trai has countered, " The objective of a license share of 4 per cent is to bring down the burden on the industry."

It has further added: "If companies make large profits due to the lower license fees then this can always be mopped up by (imposing) corporate tax. On the other hand, if the license fees are kept very high, there will neither be revenue through license fees or corporate tax, nor will there be any development of the radio industry."

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/20/Ravi_Shankar_Prasad_1.jpg?itok=Z5Pivzoy
Dist. National Informatics Centres to be of international standards

NEW DELHI: Electronics and Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the National Informatics Centre is the “technological bridge of India and is best placed to lead the way for a Digital India”

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/20/Shaktikanta-Das-800x800.jpg?itok=vKvAAMgZ
Idea, Star Den among Rs-1200 cr FDI proposals approved; latter to switch to investing biz

NEW DELHI: Star Den Media Services and Idea Cellular are among the six proposals cleared by the government on Thursday for receiving foreign direct investment (FDI) of around Rs 1,200 crore.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/19/TDSAT-800X800.jpg?itok=FKUjT1Ve
TDSAT recalls attachment proceedings against MSO Sadhna Media

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal has recalled its order of attachment of properties of Sadhna Media Pvt Ltd after Siti Cable Network Ltd confirmed that the demand draft of Rs 26,87,793 handed over to it last month was in full and final settlement of a case pending...

Regulators TDSAT
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/18/trai-800x800%20%281%29.jpg?itok=jYZPP0mf
CASBAA hails judicial review of broadcast & cable tariff

CASBAA, the association of Asia's pay-TV industry, has applauded the judicial review now under way in India of proposed extension and tightening of India's pay-TV rate regulations.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/18/Venkaiah-Naidu1.jpg?itok=O6x650Vf
Mass Comm courses in regional languages significant: Naidu

NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the vast need of skilled personnel in the media and entertainment sector in the country as the sector was expanding rapidly. The Minister referred to the prominent role being played by the Government’s Skill India...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/17/trai.jpg?itok=v_DGcxX3
Shift to energy-efficient tech; TRAI seeks ideas by 27 Feb

With the world coming to grips with problems of climate change and green house gas emissions, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is in the process of preparing a strategy to tackle the problems created by the telecom sector in this regard.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/17/Delhi%20High%20Court_0.jpg?itok=nX2vfRDC
Supreme Court flags privacy issues regarding WhatsApp, FB

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the central government's response on a plea seeking to put in place regulation to protect the privacy of the messages of WhatsApp and Facebook users. The court also issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), online messaging...

Regulators Supreme Court
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/17/Delhi%20High%20Court.jpg?itok=rVxThse6
Why can't pvt FM channels have news, SC asks govt

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the government to explain the continuing prohibition on FM radio stations and community radios from airing news and current affairs at par with private TV channels and the print media. The observation by the chief justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y...

Regulators Supreme Court
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/16/trai1-800x800_0.jpg?itok=IO4icKXT
Tariff order: Don't notify without SC nod, TRAI told; Madras HC case to continue

Declining to stay proceedings in the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court today said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India could continue with its work relating to consultation papers and tariff orders, but will not notify these without first referring them to the apex court.

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories