29 September, 2020

Another Rift?

Opinions vary on the coming broadcasting bill

Another Rift?

INFORMATION & Broadcasting Minister C.M. Ibrahim has no patience for foreign broadcasters. The Nitish Sengupta Committee, appointed by the ministry last December to recommend amendments to the Prasar Bharati Act of 1990, is, however, all for the skies being opened to all satellite TV channel operators, domestic and foreign. The genesis of another filibustering tug-of-war?

The divergence of views on a basic question, media observers fear, can only slow down the implementation of the Sengupta Committee's recommendations. Ibrahim has announced that the report will be circulated among all political parties and an exhaustive broadcasting bill introduced in Parliament this winter. The question is: will the difference in perception be resolved in time?

The Sengupta Committee report says: "We recommend that the Government should consider granting licences to satellite chan-nel operators, domestic and foreign, with uplinking facilities from the Indian soil." The panel recommends that India should follow the example of Singapore, Sri...



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