Regulator is not facilitating but strangulating the broadcast industry: Aroon Purie

Aroon Purie, Founder, India Today Group, was at a meet of senior leaders of the broadcast industry who came together to discuss TRAI’s recent amendments

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 11, 2020 5:05 PM
Aroon Purie

Expressing disappointment over NTO 2.0, leader of the broadcast industry and senior IBF members came together to discuss the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s recent amendments to Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and Quality of Service Regulation of 2017 for the broadcasting and cable services sector.

Aroon Purie, Founder, India Today Group, said, at the meet, “The regulator's job is to facilitate to enable a fair field play for everybody and encourage the growth of the industry. Infact, the regulator is not facilitating but strangulating the broadcast industry and it's right across. They are killing the Golden Goose.”

“They decide to cap your channel price, they cap your discount, they control the number of bouquets you can have. It's like tying your feet and asking you to swim, it doesn't work like that. I think it's a fundamental issue brought to the public. This is while the industry is giving employment and growth and this cannot happen the way the regulator's pushing the industry. It is not good for the country and the broadcast industry.”

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