Campaign India Team
Apr 28, 2008

TRAI moots increase in FDI in radio, news television

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has made recommendations for the FDI cap in TV news channels and FM radio to be increased to 49% of the licensee company. The current FDI cap for TV news channels is 26% and for FM radio, 20%.

TRAI moots increase in FDI in radio, news television

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has made recommendations for the FDI cap in TV news channels and FM radio to be increased to 49% of the licensee company. The current FDI cap for TV news channels is 26% and for FM radio, 20%.


In February 2008, TRAI had recommended that FDI should be raised to 26% for the FM channels which are interested in broadcasting news. It had also recommended the FDI limit to be raised to 49% in the case of the FM radio stations not interested in broadcasting news. But in the new recommendations, TRAI has appealed for raising the FDI limit to 49% irrespective of whether or not the FM radio station broadcasts news.


Meanwhile, the government has asked TRAI to review the recommendations. It has expressed its preference for a status quo in FDI in TV news channels and FM radio sectors.


TRAI has also recommended raising the FDI cap in DTH and cable networks to 74% from the current 49%.
 

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Campaign India

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