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