The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) is going ahead with the Phases III and IV of digitisation but has clubbed them under one deadline of 31 December 2014.
In the wintry afternoon of Delhi, the stakeholders representing the task force of digitisation were told about this even as they were asked to give a status report on the implementation of digitisation so far.
“It was a normal meeting. We discussed about the issues that were still to be tackled in the first two phases of digitisation. Also mentioned was the single deadline for the remaining two phases of digitisation,” a task force member who attended the meeting said on condition of anonymity.
On 21 January, the MIB called for a meeting with the digitisation task force. Apart from I&B Minister Manish Tewari, Secretary Bimal Julka and Joint Secretary – Broadcasting Supriya Sahu, the members of the task force who attended the meeting were Den Networks CEO SN Sharma, MSM Discovery president Rajesh Kaul, Tata Sky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal, Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) secretary general Shailesh Shah and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) secretary general Annie Joseph.
In the meeting, Sahu gave a presentation on how digitisation has brought changes in the whole ecosystem.
While the issues faced by the industry were discussed during the meeting, the minister asked the stakeholders to sort them out as it would only hamper the pace of digitisation.