Cabinet clears TV digitisation proposal



New Delhi: The government Thursday decided to send President Pratibha Patil a proposal for an ordinance aimed at fast-tracking the digitisation of the cable and satellite TV broadcast industry.

"The government has agreed to send a proposal for an ordinance (for digitisation) to the president for consideration," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Sonia told reporters after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The ordinance seeks to amend the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act to meet the March 31, 2012 deadline for digitisation in the four metros by 2014.

The cable and satellite television industry is expected to be worth Rs 20,000 crore.

IANS