Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that taking into account the potential of the growing media sector and the flow of information in the news segment, there is a need for more wire news agencies in the media sector.
Addressing the 52nd anniversary celebrations of United News of India in the capita on 21st March 2013 he said, “The increase in number of news agencies would not only enable local based news being highlighted at the national level, it would also enable such agencies to balance news dissemination at the national and local level. Taking into account the diversity of information dissemination, such mechanisms would enable local issues being highlighted as prominently as those at the national level.
Elaborating further, Tewari said that, ‘There was an urgent need to outline sustainable revenue models. Quoting the instance of the digitization process the Minister said that, ‘it was an attempt to bring about transparency and a long term sustainable process in the broadcasting sector which would help all stakeholders. The revenue models would also have to take into account the parameters that were addressing different audiences with the emergence of new media platforms and instant communication mechanisms.”