If convergence is the name of the game then online journalists better know something about Radio and TV.

Broadcast Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information Journalism Ownership

Dasmuni broadcasting

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi’s diatribe against media owners is not without merit. If the proposed Broadcasting Bill facilitates a discussion on the way the media function, we need to welcome it. While the ratcheting up on the supposed attack on freedom of the press in the Bill is good, even it is unfounded. […]

Broadcast Business Ownership

Serving the public

The notification of 24 sports events that private broadcaster have rights for will henceforth be shared with Doordarshan. But for broadcasting these “events of national importance”, Doordarshan is expected to “pass on 75 per cent of the revenue”. The issue has been settled with the consultation with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Prasar […]

Broadcast Business

Geographic limitations

The bizarre trajectory of India’s media policy continues. This time it seems more on the sensible side of the debate. Apparently, Private FMs may not be able to join DTH platforms. Depending on which side of the fence one wants to belong to, this rule might be seen as progressive or regressive. I go with […]


Downlinking norms

According to the new guidelines for downlinking for foreign television channels announced by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry: The companies operating in India must be registered under the Indian Companies Act. For what that amounts to, visit the FAQ by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry: http://siadipp.nic.in/publicat/most_frq.htm The company […]


Restructuring Prasar Bharati

When there is talk of restructuring a public institution by the government one is entitled to be apprehensive. It could be the beginning of privatisation initiatives. There is a news report that the government is planning on restructuring Doordarshan. The bottomline: “[For] expenditure of around Rs. 2,000 crore, Prasar Bharati just manages revenues of around […]