The NDA Government today announced the increase in the FDI limit (foreign direct investment) of news and current affair channels, DTH and Cable Operators. The government announced that foreign investment will be relaxed in 15 sectors . While 100% FDI has been allowed in DTH and Cable Networks (MSOs and LCOs), the foreign investment in the uplinking of news and current affairs TV channels has been raised to 49% from 26% earlier.
The government has also raised the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)’s monetary limit to Rs.5,000 crore from Rs.3,000 crore for the approving of FDI proposals. The proposal is also said to contain many other long pending corrections including the proposals pertaining to limited liability partnerships and also NRI-owned companies who are looking to invest in India.
In an earlier article exchange4media had already carried the news regarding the government’s plans to increase the FDI cap of news and current affairs channels to 49%. TRAI had earlier in 2013 recommended that the FDI limit should be increased to 100% from 74% in broadcast carriage services like cable TV, DTH, IPTV and mobile TV.
It had also recommended the FDI limit of news and current affairs TV channels and FM radio services to be increased to 49% from 26%.