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While the IT and Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is sulking (because his grandfather wants him to), new Information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy says he would like to see a different regulator for broadcasting.
The previous NDA government made a mess of CAS (Conditional Access System) and faced with massive resistance from all sections of the society, forced TRAI to be a regulator for broadcasting as well, besides the telecom space TRAI was regulating.
Since then TRAI has gotten into trying to understand the issues behind CAS as well as FM radio licensing issues. I had recently attended an open house session organized by TRAI in Chennai on FM and Cable TV related issues and was fairly impressed with Pradip Baijal, DP Seth and gang who were present.
There is no need to look for a different regulator, if the current bunch perform their job adequately. In fact, I am of the view that Telecom and broadcasting should be regulated by a single body as the future is convergence. This is exactly what happens in USA: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates "interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable". In UK, Office of Communications (Ofcom), does precisely the same: "regulating across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services." UK in fact brought the Telecom regulator and the various Broadcasting regulators together to create Ofcam only recently.