Fifty bigwigs from the broadcasting world would participate in an open house with Information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj, at a five-star dinner today. Hosted by the apex body for broadcasters, Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the dinner is an effort to thrash out some contentious issues related to the business of broadcasting in an informal setting.
As there’s no agenda, something as current as the Communication Convergence Bill is certain to be taken up. Particularly after the government move to set up a content bureau under the Communications Commission of India (CCI), broadcasters’ interest in the subject is bound to have gone up.
The broadcasters may include much-talked about Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV operation, which is being termed a non-starter in many circles because of some of the stumbling clauses in its guidelines. And of course, cable piracy, which is being taken up vigorously by the minister at all levels, and service tax for broadcasters will figure in between the bites.
Those participating in the dinner would be a list of who’s who of the broadcasting world including the top bosses of Star, Zee, Sony, Discovery, CNBC, TV Today, Sahara, among others. Among the special invitees are co-chairman of Ficci Entertainment Committee Amit Khanna; Nasscom president Kiran Karnik; and INS secretary general PK Lahiri.