GST to be game-changer for media: Venkaiah Naidu

He also talked of the government's commitment towards providing an enabling environment through various policies for the further growth of the media sector. 

Published: 04th May 2017 08:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2017 08:28 PM   |  A+A-

M Venkaiah Naidu. (File Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the Centres initiatives including GST will be a game changer for the media industry, particularly the broadcasting sector.

Speaking at a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India organised seminar here, Naidu said the broadcasting sector was at the threshold of entering into an era of digital broadcasting.

This would open opportunities to use latest technological innovations to enhance its reach and the quality of its reach. 

The government's initiatives like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India campaigns were positive signals for new transformation including GST which would prove to be a game changer for Indian media and entertainment sector, especially the broadcasting sector, said Naidu. 

"The revival of radio, digitisation of cable and the free to air DTH audience growth point to the latent demand for broadcasting in the Indian market at a time when broadcasting in advanced markets in the West is losing out significant space to digital on-demand media platforms," he said. 

"The push towards Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) thus comes at a critical juncture as Doordarshan, the public broadcaster, looks to expand its DTT footprint from the current 16 cities to another 44," he said.

"The Digital India campaign along with the Make in India campaign would strengthen the industries such as video streaming, online music services and gaming in India taking advantage of the increased internet penetration," he said.

He assured the government's commitment towards providing an enabling environment through various policies for the further growth of the media sector. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp