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India is considering changes to its cross-media and ownership restrictions, with regulator the telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) yesterday releasing a consultation paper on the issue.


The objective of the paper “is to provide for competition, diversity and plurality of players, news and views,” said TRAI. With a number of different restrictions issued from time to time under various Policy Guidelines across different segments even within the TV sector (for instance DTH, private TV and mobile TV), a somewhat piecemeal approach has emerged.

Ther is therefore, said TRAI, “a need to lay down a holistic and clear cut approach towards cross-media and ownership restrictions for the future growth of these sectors.”

Issues include horizontal integration across different media segments such as print/TV/radio; cross holding restrictions to prevent consolidation including vertical integration within a media segment such as TV; market share within each media segment in city/state/country; and cross control and ownership acrss telecom and media segments.

The full paper is available on TRAI’s website at and comments are requested on or before October 24.

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