OLD Media Moves

WSJ cleared to distribute fax edition in India

January 15, 2009

Anindita Dey of the Business Standard in India reports that government authorities have approved a proposal that would allow The Wall Street Journal to distribute a facsimile edition in that country.

Dey writes, “While the ministry sources clarified that the overall policy for fax editions is still under review, this proposal has been given approval on a case-to-case basis in FIPB’s meeting held last week.

“The proposal was turned down twice earlier pending the review but the company had applied to FIPB under deferred proposal agenda in its meeting on January 9. Under the approved proposal, Dow Jones can now set up a wholly-owned subsidiary to carry out the publication.

“Earlier, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had sought a review of the foreign direct investment (FDI) in facsimile edition of foreign newspapers in India with the objective of bringing down the FDI cap from 100 per cent to 26 per cent.”

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