India mulls media ownership changes | News | Rapid TV News
By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our privacy policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. [Close]
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 www.trai.gov.in and comments are requested on or before October 24.

© Rapid TV News 2008