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Smriti Irani gets additional charge of I&B ministry, Narendra Tomar given Urban Development after Venkaiah Naidu quits

Smriti Irani gets additional charge of I&B ministry, Narendra Tomar given Urban Development after Venkaiah Naidu quits

Union textile minister Smriti Irani was on Tuesday given the additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting while Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh was handed over the charge of Urban Development. 

Telecom, I&B min to use broadcast airwaves for mobile services

Telecom, I&B min to use broadcast airwaves for mobile services

The ministries of Telecom and Information and Broadcasting have agreed to use over 200 MHz spectrum earmarked for broadcasting services, the majority of which is with Doordarshan, for advance mobile services.

Central press accreditation panel reconstituted

The I&B Ministry on Monday reconstituted the Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC) that issues Press Information Bureau (PIB) cards to journalists.

FTII students, I&B Ministry officials to meet again as 4th meeting ends inconclusively

A fourth meeting on Saturday between officials of the I&B Ministry and striking students of the FTII failed to break the impasse over the stir.

I&B-constituted panel's 'clean chit' to Prashant Pathrabe

A committee constituted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to look into the affairs of FTII is believed to have given a clean chit to its Director Prashant Pathrabe on the issue of assessment of the 2008 batch saying his actions were valid and in line with Academic Council's decisions taken earlier.

Phase-III FM auction to boost radio services in India: FM Jaitley

Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley Friday said that Phase-III auctions of FM Radio will 'boost' the radio news sector in the country and reach out to smaller towns and cities providing quality information to the audiences.

FM auctions: I&B rejects applications of 5 Sun TV group firms

Officials said that an Application Review Committee, which yesterday met, has rejected the applications of the companies belonging to the Sun TV group, which had failed to get a security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Digitisation: I&B Min mulls over giving way to indigenous STBs

Pitching strongly for indigenously- made Set Top Boxes (STBs) for the government's Digitisation drive, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that he would raise the issue of encouraging domestic manufacturers with Finance and Commerce ministries.

TRAI submits recommendations on migration of FM broadcasters

Broadcasting regulator TRAI has recommended that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry fix a cut-off date for existing FM radio operators for migration from phase-II after the completion of auction process for phase-III.

I&B writes to MHA on broadcasters' security clearance demand

The I&B ministry made the suggestion after it received a clarification from the MHA that the security clearance given to broadcasters at the time of allotting them licence to run a channel was valid for only three years.

I&B Min to support broadcasters' demand on security clearance

The I&B Ministry is planning to support a demand of broadcasters that government reconsider its decision to grant security clearance of only three years to news channels instead of the entire duration of their licence.

Licences of 20 MSOs cancelled

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has cancelled the licences of 20 Multi System Operators (MSOs) for not meeting the conditions for providing digitised cable services.

Digitisation process giving DTH companies advantage: Cable operators

The digitisation process being ushered in by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry was providing DTH companies advantage over local cable operators, the Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI) Friday claimed.

Govt to conduct Phase III FM radio auction in 2013: I&B Secy

A high-powered ministerial panel has cleared the way for Information and Broadcasting Ministry to conduct auction of FM radio licences in Phase III for 839 channels, which will be completed this year.

TRAI asks govt to clarify on its powers on advt duration norms

According to sources, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is learnt to have written a letter to Information and Broadcasting Ministry noting that "broadcasters continue to breach the rules repeatedly.

I&B Min seeks TRAI views on preventing monopolistic operations by cable operators

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sought views of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on measures to prevent monopolistic operations by multi-system operators and local cable operators.

Mumbai has highest percentage of digitization, Delhi 2nd

After the analogue television signal was switched off at midnight of October 31 in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the I&B ministry Thursday claimed that Mumbai has the highest percentage of digitisation followed by Delhi with more than 100 percent coverage.

Govt to monitor prices of set top boxes: Varma

Having switched off analogue cable signals in the metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the government is planning to monitor the implementation of digitised cable in the three cities and prices of set top boxes.

1 day left for digitisation deadline, 93% switchover

With a day left for cable TV digitisation deadline, the switchover in all the four metros Tuesday reached an overall 93 percent.

I&B Ministry to make MSOs accountable for digitisation data

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has initiated the process of making amendments in the Cable Rules which will make multi-system operators accountable for the information they provide about the progress made in digitising cable services.