FIPB nod

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/03/2008

In 2007,  37 media and broadcasting proposals were cleared by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, a  much higher number than in previous years.  Among the applications to have got the FIPB approval in 2007 were Malaysia-based South Asia Entertainment Holding for picking up to 20 per cent FDI in Sun TV¿s direct-to-home (DTH) venture, which attracted the highest level of foreign investment in 2007 at Rs 675 crore.

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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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