Star News gets 10-year India uplink OK

Ananda deal allows channel to remain in country

NEW DELHI — Rupert Murdoch’s Star News India has received permission to uplink from the country for 10 years.

His Star News channel was embroiled in controversy over the uplinking issue throughout 2003. Star News has been surviving on temporary government permits lasting from a week to a couple of months.

The channel landed in hot water when its contract with Indian news production company NDTV ended in March. Since then Murdoch, along with son James, had been wooing the government for permission to uplink within the country.

Star struggled against the government cap of 26% placed on foreign ownership in India.

When wooing and pressure tactics failed, the Murdochs created Indian company Media Content & Communication Services to serve as a front for Star India. But the government found many irregularities in the structuring of the Indian entity.

A single Indian entity must hold at least 51% in the company seeking uplinking from the country. A senior government official told Daily Variety, “Finally Star has streamlined its equity structure according to the norms,” resulting in permission to uplink.

Star has formed an alliance with Indian media company Ananda Bazar Patrika under which the Indian company holds 74% in the venture, Star the remainder.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading