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Government working with FICCI for National Broadcast Policy: I&B secretary 

The Economic Times , Mar 12, 2019

The information and broadcasting ministry is working with the industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to come out with a National Broadcast Policy for the broadcast sector, Amit Khare, secretary, I&B ministry said here on Tuesday.

Khare, who was delivering a keynote address at the media industry conclave FICCI Frames 2019, said, “The draft (of National Broadcast Policy) is being prepared and we are working with key and other stakeholders.”

Khare said that the government so far has followed a “liberal policy” of having less regulation. “The ministry favours self-regulation for the broadcast sector. There is no reason to believe that a wise person sitting in Delhi would be more knowledgeable or more prudent compared to the industry people who are dealing with the subject on a day to day basis,” he said.

He added that there is a need to relook at the existing regulatory structures because of convergence. “There is a need to meet this challenge and also which is a great opportunity in terms of content which will be used by the customer or the client at the other ends. This technological change which is taking place at a very rapid pace,” he said.

Talking about the media & entertainment (M&E) industry, Khare said it is a very important part of the Indian economy, which provides over 2 million jobs.

 

 

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