On other pending issues in the media sector such as norms for the second phase of private FM radio and implementation of conditional access system (CAS), Mr Reddy said decisions would be taken soon. However, the minister declined to comment further on broadcasting issues, including allowing foreign institutional investors (FIIs) funds in news channels and clearing the direct-to-home (DTH) application of Tata-Star joint venture.
Even as the Cabinet had taken a decision last month to set up a GoM to review print media norms, there was a delay in constituting the group.
The ministries, which are part of the GoM, would prepare the working papers soon on the issue.
The Cabinet decided to set up a GoM to take a comprehensive look at the print media policy and the violations that may have occurred, in the past. Last month, the information and broadcasting I&B ministry suggested amendments to the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867, to strengthen print media norms, after International Herald Tribune (IHT) started printing from India. As per print media guidelines, foreign publications are not allowed to print/publish from India.
Among the issues the GoM is likely to examine are printing of foreign publications from India, foreign investment cap in news and current affairs, norms for speciality journals.