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Monday, 13 March, 2000, 13:29 GMT
Murdoch eyes 'cyber' Bangalore

Rupert Murdoch met Chief Minister SM Krishna
Media baron Rupert Murdoch has said he is looking at the Indian "cybercity" of Bangalore as a possible source for his News Corporation group's global software interests.

After a breakfast meeting with state Chief Minister SM Krishna, Mr Murdoch said he was interested in expanding the activities of his group's Star Television network.


It was an exchange of views about the future of Bangalore, and what we can do here in the future

Rupert Murdoch on meeting Chief Minister SM Krishna
Mr Murdoch's News Corp is represented in India through News Television India, an arm of Star TV, and has offices in Bombay.

"It was an exchange of views about the future of Bangalore, and what we can do here in the future," Mr Murdoch said after meeting Mr Krishna.

The chief minister remarked: "He feels the need for a second hub for entertainment-related activities because there is little scope for expansion in Bombay."

On Sunday, Mr Murdoch said he planned to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Indian television services and technology firms.

He had a meeting with the heads of two of India's largest IT companies, Infosys Technologies and Wipro.

He said News Corp would first work on "beefing up" its television services in the country and chase a bigger share of the market.

Multilingual channels

Star currently operates half a dozen satellite television channels in the country, covering news, entertainment and sports in English as well as in India's national language, Hindi.

Mr Murdoch said Star intended to broadcast in six languages that are widely spoken in India, but he did not give details of when they would be launched.

He said: "When we expand our television services to the whole of India, we will certainly expect to do a great deal more than one or two languages."

Mr Murdoch's high-technology venture capital company eVentures - formed jointly by News Corp and Japan's Softbank Corporation - launched an internet investment arm called eVentures India in October 1999.

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