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Enabling laws must for fast changing media sector: Manish

Posted on Jan 30, 09:36AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 29 : Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari today said an enabling statutory environment had to be in place to keep pace with changes taking place across media platforms

''With the exponential growth in the media space, a paradigm shift has taken place wherein regulations have to keep pace with changing technologies,'' Mr Tiwari said while delivering his address at the BES Expo 2013 here

He said the government policies had encouraged investments, sustainability for business models and promoted entrepreneurship and innovation in keeping with the fast changing media land scape

''It was imperative that the industry, specially the Broadcasting sector had learnt to adopt, adapt and innovate with the changes taking place,'' he said

On the issue of democratisation of media, Mr Tewari stated that it was important to understand the implications of this process on the social ethos of the country and the people at large. He sought to underline that due to the paradigm shift taking place, broadcasting would always remain a dynamic medium of communication, and the guiding principles for this sector would always be innovation, ingenuity and the vision to converge technologies. Conferences such as BES Expo 2013 provided an opportunity to introspect and bring about changes at the policy level keeping in mind the roadmap and requirements of the future, he said. Earlier addressing the delegates, Mr Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations said technology had brought about a major change in the lives of the people, and the shift was also visible in the way the broadcasting sector was functioning. ''The challenge lay in imbibing the innovations in the critical sectors which would determine the course in the future,'' he said. During the course of his address , Mr Pitroda gave an overview of the initiatives undertaken by the government to strengthen the national knowledge network and public infrastructure system. Secretary I and B Uday Kumar Varma highlighted the changes that had taken place in the sector in view of the policy initiatives undertaken recently and the immediate concerns that had to be addressed by the industry at large.