India to hold talks on satcasting bill

Consultations to be held Tuesday

NEW DELHI — The passage of a 4-year-old broadcasting bill is taking a step closer to reality.

The Indian Information and Broadcasting ministry will hold consultations with the broadcasting industry on Tuesday and with the cable industry a week later.

Bill is expected to allow direct-to-home satcasting and foreign investment in Indian broadcasting, as well as set up a regulatory Broadcasting Authority.

Information minister Arun Jaitley told Daily Variety, “Taking the 1997 broadcasting bill as the basis, we are going to seek suggestions and then start our drill. We are endeavoring to take it to its logical conclusion.”

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