Even in ease of doing business an Enterprise Survey revealed, there is no change since 2015 and our own broadcasting sector has consequently lost the momentum of growth that we boast about.
Domestic investments have come down considerably. FDI is not coming in to provide a robust infrastructure to the industry. It is only the top few which may be benefitting, the middle and lower order comprising of majority of the industrial base will keep suffering for a long time.
Six years have passed when mandatory digitisation was initiated and on 31 March 2017 it was declared closed but MIB is yet to get the real picture of STB seeding on the ground. MSOs are not obeying the directions of the Ministry to feed seeding data regularly in to MIB’s MIS System, or simply they are trying to hide the true figures. Ministry has finally sent show cause notice to all MSO in this regards.
Government has made slight changes in the FDI Policy last month. Even LCOs can invite FDI but security clearance has been made mandatory for all directors and key appointments. Now MIB is the Nodal Ministry to provide the FDI approvals.
GST has finally been implemented and it is mandatory for all LCOs to register, irrespective of their turnover. Most of their services attract 18% GST. We provide a comprehensive guide on GST and FAQ for all LCOs in this issue.
Jawahar Goel, MD & Chairman Dish TV had written a letter to the I&B Minister and BCCI interim president, accusing Star India of attempting to create a monopoly in cricket broadcast which is anti competitive and anti consumers. Star has finally won the IPL bid and now commands a total monopoly in global media rights for all Cricket matches till 2022.
TRAI is carrying out another exercise to introduce technical interoperability in STBs. This time it has involved C-DOT in designing an interoperable STB, and organising workshops and consultations.
IBC is round the corner, do visit the show in Amsterdam.
Festive season has commenced and it is time for all of us to grow our business. All the best!