MIB holding deliberations with stakeholders to create National Broadcasting Policy

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) is holding deliberations with stakeholders to create a National Broadcasting Policy, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha. Javadekar further stated that there is no fixed time frame for the finalisation of the policy.

“In order to create an enabling environment for broadcasting and ensuring transparency, non-discrimination, consumer protection and orderly growth of the sector, the deliberations/consultations on a National Broadcasting Policy are being held with various stakeholders,” Javadekar stated.

He further added, “The formulation of such a policy has multi-dimensional implications and it needs to be firmed up after due process. Therefore, no time frame can be indicated for the finalization of the policy.”

In March, I&B secretary Amit Khare had said during the FICCI Frames 2019 that the MIB is working with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to come out with a National Broadcast Policy for India’s fast-growing TV broadcasting sector.

Delivering a keynote address at FICCI Frames 2019, Khare had said that the draft of the proposed National Broadcast Policy is being prepared in consultation with key stakeholders.

Khare noted that the ministry had received a representation from FICCI to have a national media policy. However, the ministry did not go with the nomenclature of National Media Policy as the term media has a very wide meaning.

The ministry also plans to come out with a policy or a strategy paper for the film industry. The policy paper will prepare a broad outline for the industry until 2025. Among other things, the paper will look at issues like incentives by the governments, regulatory changes required for improving screen density.

“So we have thought of having a National Broadcast Policy. The draft is being prepared and we are working with key and other stakeholders. So that India has a National Broadcast policy and the second will be a policy or a strategy paper as to how the film industry and entertainment industry strategises for 2025,” Khare had said.