FDI in Media

“The government started to give up control”


Twenty five years after the 1991 liberalisation The Hoot interviews leading media business players on how it shaped India’s media explosion.


“Liberalisation allows you to play in a much bigger field”


Twenty five years after the 1991 liberalisation The Hoot interviews leading media business players on how it shaped India’s media explosion.


More FDI in news?


The BJP permitted FDI in news when Sushma Swaraj was I & B minister in A B Vajpayee's government. Now if minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore is to be believed  the government is considering increasing the amount of FDI permitted in news. He said this after an industry rep at..


Swadeshi, moral media on the cards

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |01/05/2014

The party will reverse its own earlier policy initiatives on foreign investment, restrict media ownership and push for cross media restrictions.


Documentation: The FDI hike

IN LAW AND POLICY |19/09/2012

Last week's FDI decision raises the cap on foreign investment in broadcasting hardware, but not in news and FM radio.


Media and foreign money

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |08/05/2011

What sense do FCRA restrictions for not for profit media make when commercial media houses are permitted varying degrees of foreign direct investment? Why did the law passed last week not take the changed FDI scenario into account,


FIPB nod 


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..


 FDI for India TV


India TV may have used scurrilous sting operations to gain visibility but it is now respectable enough to attract foreign investment. Rajat Sharma’s channel has attracted an investment of $11.5 million from FUSE+Media, an affiliate of leading interna..


Rays of globalisation or scorching sun?

BY chekutty| IN LAW AND POLICY |27/10/2003

A staunch FDI opponent predicts that the new FDI deals signed in Indian media will hit small and medium newspapers badly and open the floodgates to foreign control.


FDI in News Agencies 

IN LAW AND POLICY |07/09/2002

In permitting 26 per cent FDI in print media the government has excluded news agencies, which will continue to be 100 per cent Indian owned.


FDI Policy For Media

IN LAW AND POLICY |01/09/2002

This article tries to put some new ideas into the public arena so that a differentiated FDI policy can be defined for various categories of media.


FDI in print ? Ho hum


Who the hell cares?


Anti-FDI Yashwant


When the Indian cabinet met to decide on FDI in print, then finance minister Yashwant Sinha opposed it. Sushma Swaraj told journalists privately that this  was because he was annoyed with her. She had been consistently critical of  his economic policies she said, and Sinha was just getting back at her.


Crucial lobbying


The media baron who swung the decision on foreign direct investment (FDI) in print media last week was the one who joined the battle last. Narendra  Mohan, BJP Rajya  Sabha MP and Dainik Jagran  Chairman  joined the pro FDI lobby only two years ago after  UTI  offered a relatively low price for his newspapers shares, saying that foreign institutional investors would not be able to invest in the group. Narendra lobbied relentlessly with the BJP leadership even winning over arch champion of swadeshi, Murli Manohar Joshi.


Opening Up Indian Print Media To Foreign Investors



Rejecting Foreign Direct Investment In The Print Media pure Hypocrisy

BY Vasant Belavadi| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/04/2002

If the Press in the country was bold enough to support every step in the liberalisation process, it must also be bold enough to allow the same in its house.


10 Reasons Why FDI Should Be Allowed In Print Media 

BY S.Raghotham| IN LAW AND POLICY |10/04/2002


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