New Delhi: Broadcasting regulator Trai on Monday sought views of stakeholders in the sector on issues such as raising limits on foreign direct investment (FDI) and on whether there is need for modifications in uplinking and downlinking guidelines for television channels.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) decided to have a relook on the two issues after it got requests from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to revise the existing recommendations on them.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, earlier this year had proposed that FDI ceiling for FM broadcasting be raised to 24% from the existing 20%.
It had also suggested that the FDI cap in the DTH sector be raised from the existing 49% to 74%.
Though Trai had given its recommendations on FDI in broadcasting sector in April 2008, in the light of DIPP’s suggestions, the ministry has requested the regulator to revise its recommendations.
Trai has requested stakeholders to submit their views by 2 November 2009.