New DTH pol­icy may be taken up for Cab­i­net nod by month-end

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

The Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing is look­ing to send the new DTH pol­icy for Cab­i­net ap­proval by this yearend. The Min­istry has been work­ing on fi­nal­is­ing the new pol­icy for the DTH sec­tor for some time now which will in­tro­duce new li­cens­ing regime for play­ers.

Speak­ing at the side­lines of the CII Big Pic­ture event, Sec­re­tary in the In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Min­istry, Amit Khare, said the new DTH pol­icy has been fi­nalised and the Min­istry is hop­ing to send it for Cab­i­net ap­proval by the year-end. He said the Min­istry is look­ing to get a Cab­i­net nod for the pol­icy by the month-end, as the in­terim li­cences of some of the DTH play­ers will ex­pire by De­cem­ber 31. Ear­lier this year, TRAI had re­it­er­ated its rec­om­men­da­tions to the Min­istry on new li­cens­ing con­di­tions for DTH play­ers. It had rec­om­mended that li­cences be is­sued for a pe­riod of 20 years and there­after should be re­newed for 10 years. It had also rec­om­mended a one-time en­try fee of ₹10 crore.

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