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TRAI to modify norms for TV, radio channels
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will soon begin consultations on modifications in the uplink and downlink guidelines for TV channels and foreign investment limits in the broadcasting sector.

Following a government directive to this effect, TRAI has now invited views from stakeholders before 2 November.

The information and broadcasting ministry recently wrote to TRAI asking it to revise the guidelines while also expressing concern over the growing number of TV channels in the country as well as the shortage spectrum.

Raghu Menon, secretary to the I&B ministry, has asked TRAI to revisit the present policy and consider introducing riders if necessary.

In his letter, Menon pointed out that due to the liberal approach of the government towards uplinking and downlinking (under policies laid down in November and December 2005), permissions have been granted to 423 channels for uplinking, of which 230 are in the news category. In addition, 76 channels, including 15 news channels, have been uplinked from overseas and have been given downlinking permission. Apart from these, around 170 applications are awaiting approval.

Admitting that improved technological changes have resulted in better utilisation of available spectrum and transponder capacities, Menon nonetheless said that since spectrum is not "unlimited'' there was a need to "revisit the present policy''.

Among the issues that the ministry recommended for consideration were the financial viability and experience of the promoters; and whether commitments should be taken from channels that they must remain in business for a period of five years.

On the issue of foreign investment, the ministry has for some time been advocating an increase in the limit from 49 per cent to 74 per cent in the direct-to-home (DTH) and head-end-in-the sky (HITS) sectors. The government is, however, keen to retain the 26 per cent FDI cap in news and current affairs channels.

The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), under the commerce and industry ministry had, earlier in the year, proposed a hike in the FDI cap for FM radio from 20 to 24 per cent.

Menon says that several issues such as licensing regulations, security conditions, and other factors may also have to be considered while arriving at a decision. The issues include putting a cap on the number of channels that can be permitted downlink or uplink permission, the maximum that can be allowed in the present available spectrum, etc. The present licence term of 10 years should also be examined to see if it should be less or higher, he said.

In addition, TRAI has been asked to explore the possibility of using India as a television hub for uplinking for telecast in foreign countries, as being done in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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