Murdoch likely to meet PM, Sonia tomorrow

NEW DELHI: News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch flew into Delhi today evening on the second leg of his five-day India visit, even as certain parts of the city got lashed by thundershowers.


Today Murdoch attended a dinner that was hosted by his Indian partner in the news venture, ABP Group’s Aveek Sarkar. Though the guest list is supposed to have drawn up by the ABP group, the invitees may include senior government officials and media personalities of the city.

A tentative time in the afternoon has been indicated by prime minister Manmohan Singh’s office for a courtesy call by Murdoch tomorrow, but much will depend on the Parliament proceedings, which are important for the present government.

“If parliamentary duties demand that the PM be in the House, along with his senior colleagues, then Rupert Murdoch's appointment may get shifted to after parliamentary business hours,” a government source said. Ditto for a meeting with the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.



It is still not clear and certain, but on Wednesday Murdoch is likely to call on information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy.

Senior Congress leader Murli Deora will host a dinner party for Murdoch on Tuesday.

Like in Mumbai, in Delhi too, the News Corp chairman is slated to meet up with employees of the Star India team. His day begins with a visit to the corporate affairs office of Star in Delhi.

What does he feel of the Star India operation? Seems he’s happy. He expressed such sentiments in an interview with Star News where he praised the Indian operations for doing well and being profitable.

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