Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sought a report from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the issue of Zee taking over news agency UNI.
He would act on the issue after the report is submitted to him, Singh told CPI (M) general secretary, Prakash Karat and CPI general secretary, AB Bardhan on Tuesday.
The senior Left leaders met Singh on Tuesday to express their apprehensions on the deal. The two leaders urged the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter and stop the takeover. The news agency should not be taken over a by a single media company. They also conveyed their apprehensions about a monopoly being created with the same company owning television channels, a newspaper and now a news agency.
The Left had earlier written to the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter. On Tuesday, they reiterated their earlier demand that it was necessary to maintain the character of the news agency under section 25 of the Companies Act. They urged the Prime Minister to find ways to help turn around UNI so that they can function as an effective news agency.