Coda raise other issues too?
One hears rumours that pay TV broadcasters are planning to increase
rates of bouquets irrespective of whether CAS happens or not. There
is talk that the cable rates will touch Rs 600-700 per month soon.
The government won't have the will or the inclination to stop these
hikes. Consumers will suffer.
we shall not allow this to happen because such rate hikes affect
cable operator-consumer relationships; lead to quarrels. Rate hikes
will have to be routed through Coda in the near future.
spoken to the officials of the Prime Minister's office and the finance
ministry officials about according industry status to the cable
and satellite industry. This will be a part of the new initiatives
that Coda will plan.
Coda support the Indian Media Group - association of Indian broadcasters?
are always in favour anything that is Indian. We don't want the
money to go outside the country. We will back the Indian Media Group
but they must come with a concrete proposal that will benefit the
is Coda's next step on CAS?
The ball is in the government's court. All we have seen are half-hearted
attempts by the ministry. The government has to forcefully make
its stand clear. But, it shouldn't discriminate between the local
cable operators and the foreign channels by having two separate
rules/yardsticks for both.
is this eternal debate about the political control of propaganda
there an ulterior motive in the Sena's attempt to control the cable
distribution network - especially since elections are coming?
There is this eternal debate about the 'political' control of propaganda
vehicles. The opposition parties claim that the ruling government
misuses media; but face the same allegations when they come into
with elections around the corner and the proliferation of news channels,
political parties need to make their presence felt through the medium
of television. The cable distribution system is an important cog
in this wheel. Also, the I&B ministry officials seem to lack
the will-power to discipline erring broadcasters.
has to be stricter controls over unwanted and unnecessary propagation
- for instance Coda has opposed airing Pakistan's PTV. Similarly,
we shall strive to retain the power (amongst the cable operators)
to blank out harmful foreign propaganda that could be aired on news
channels promoted by foreigners. Also, there is a need to reiterate
and re-emphasise Indianness and Indian values.
the state BJP unit support the Sena's line as far as CAS is concerned?
about Kirit Somaiya?
BJP is our alliance partner in the state and at the centre. BJP
member of parliament Kirit Somaiya raised the CAS issue to obtain
political mileage but he did it in a haphazard way. He wasn't even
aware of the ground-level issues. He put up banners praising CAS
and misguided consumers. He hasn't even responded to my challenge
of having an open debate with him on "whether CAS favours the
consumer". I suppose he has got what he wanted because one
doesn't hear much about him on the issue.
in its present form an evil conspiracy: Anil Parab
medicine worse than disease: Uddhav Thackeray
Prasad's obstinacy incomprehensible:
ops still not recognised: Mumbai LMOs