Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sale of majority stake in Agency (UNI) irks journos

The journalists are angry over the 'illegal takeover' of UNI (United News of Indoa), the news agency, that caters to hundreds of newspapers of Indian languages. Protests are being staged in various cities and employees of UNI are most worried.

On Saturday the 'Save UNI March' was taken out in Delhi. The proposed take over of the 45-year-old agency that has a national network of reporters across most of the districts, is being opposed because it is felt that the autonomy of the agency would be hit by the private takeover. CPI(M) has taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The agency has been facing financial crisis for a long time.

Click for the website of UNI.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's really strange how the structure of UNI was changed to suit Subhas Chandra. In agencies like UNI and PTI, the shares are closely held. You cannot sell or buy it just because you wish it as one can do in the stock market. Moreover, will it be good for agency journalism if a newspapaper group owns an agency?

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