News on CR? Impossible!

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/02/2013
The I and B ministry held a Community Radio Sammelan recently in New Delhi.  Union minister Manish Tewari held forth on how television news channels in the country have become "views channels" and   disconnected from discourses amongst people. Hoping for  backing for community radio, two not-for-profit CR bodies gave a joint petition to the minister asking him to  repeal the ban on news on CR. His immediate response: "it is impossible"!
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