Regulators

Broadcast media sector FDI norms see minor tweaks in govt’s fresh announcement

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/29/TV_hardware.jpg?itok=A9BcGgX_

NEW DELHI: The government of India yesterday issued a comprehensive FDI policy for various sectors where a slight change has been noticed in the media sector from what had already been announced in June 2016. Now, 100 per cent FDI is allowed in cable TV and HITS under automatic route for both digital and non-digital carriage services.

For those segments of the media where automatic FDI approval is not granted and a government okay is needed, it would now be the nodal ministry --- Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) --- that would be responsible for the green signal instead of Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board, a division that has been now dismantled as part of government’s bid to make easy doing business in India.

public://b1_0.jpg

FDI in broadcast carriage services like teleports, DTH, cable networks (both MSOs and LCOs for DAS and non-DAS areas), mobile TV, headend-in-the-sky broadcasting service (HITS) is 100 per cent under automatic route.

The foreign investment limit (FDI) in terrestrial broadcasting of FM Radio and up-linking of news and current affairs TV channels remain at 49 per cent subject to government approval. Up-linking and downlinking of non-news and current affairs TV channels continue to be 100 per cent under automatic route.

public://b2.jpg

Publishing of newspaper and periodicals dealing with news and current affairs  and publication of Indian editions of foreign magazines dealing with news and current affairs have a 26 per cent FDI limit subject to government approval.

The head of an MSO company, on condition of anonymity, said it’s slightly confusing as to why it has been stated that 100 per cent FDI is allowed for carriage services like cable TV and HITS in both digital and non-digital areas  under automatic route.

Though the government is of the opinion that 100 per cent digitization has been achieved in the country, broadcast carriage industry (MSOs and LCOs) insist there analog pockets in the country persist as set-top-boxes are still being seeded in small towns and rural areas.

The government has also notified --- most of it reiteration of earlier policy decision --- detailed conditions for the broadcast media and they can be viewed at http://dipp.nic.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf:

ALSO READ:

Radical changes in FDI regime; Most sectors on automatic FDI route

I&B Sector brings in over $1.25 billion  FDI between October 2014 and May 2016

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/28/ib.jpg?itok=0J44ufKw
I&B ministry warns TV channels against airing content inciting violence

In the wake of the ongoing CAA protests and Delhi riots, the ministry of information and broadcasting has issued an advisory to all private and satellite channels to be cautious with content which is likely to encourage or incite violence or contain anything against the maintenance of law and order...

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/27/bhx.jpg?itok=CaOWjBMs
Bombay High Court to hear TRAI’s plea in NTO 2.0 case tomorrow

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today heard the arguments of the broadcasters in their case against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for the New Tariff Order   or NTO 2.0. The bench will hear pleas from the lawyers of TRAI tomorrow. In the previous hearing held yesterday, the court...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/26/bhc.jpg?itok=_-plK5UG
Bombay HC asks TRAI to take instructions on deferment of NTO 2.0

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to take instructions on deferment of (new tariff order) NTO 2.0 as they did for the 2017 regime before the Madras High Court. According to sources close to the development, the regulatory body has been asked to...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/26/Shaji%20Mathews.jpg?itok=JBo5tFzn
NTO 2.0 will not have much impact at consumer level: Shaji Mathews

Even as stakeholders have moved courts against Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) amendment of the New Tariff Order (NTO), analyst and consultant Shaji Mathews feels that it will not have any significant effect on the existing system.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/25/broadband.jpg?itok=LVie0DTb
TRAI telecom data shows rise in broadband subscribers in Dec 2019

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the telecom subscription data as on December 2019. As per the reports received from 341 operators in the month of December, 2019, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 661.27 million at the end of November 2019 to 661.94...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/25/bombayhighcourt.jpg?itok=l_QEtDTv
Bombay HC to hear petitions against TRAI order

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court will hear on 26 February a petition filed by the Digital Cable Operators Association of Mumbai (DCOAM) and Maharashtra Cable Operations Foundation (MCOF), challenging the 'arbitrary' rules introduced by the TRAI. They challenged before the High Court the network...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/14/trai.jpg?itok=xNXxtKnA
TRAI directs broadcasters, DPOs to publish updated NTO 2.0 prices

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) to take necessary steps to ensure a smooth rollout of the amended new tariff order from 1 March.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/12/bhx.jpg?itok=N4iYeM7k
NTO 2.0: Bombay High Court adjourns case to 26 Feb

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has adjourned the ongoing case between the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and broadcasters on the new tariff order (NTO) to 26 February. During the last hearing , no interim relief had been granted. Last time, the advocate for TRAI made a statement at the...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/08/pra.jpg?itok=-sCCFJ19
No plan to levy 10% licence fee on b’casters, cable ops: I&B Min

MUMBAI: The Minister Of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has made it clear in a parliamentary response that the ministry does not intend to add any sort of 10 per cent licence fee on broadcasters and cable operators in India. His response came for a question that asked if the minister...

Regulators I&B Ministry

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required