Jalandhar: Zee TV Chairman and newly-nominated Director of United News of India (UNI), Subhash Chandra, on Sunday said that his group would not influence the functioning of the news agency.

Speaking at the launching of the Jalandhar and Amritsar editions of Dainik Bhaskar here, Mr. Chandra said that he or his group could not influence the functioning of the agency.

The fate of the news items filed on the agency's wires was decided and determined by editors of all the subscribing newspapers, he added.

`Much hue and cry'

He said there was much hue and cry over the issue of purchase of the majority stake in UNI and people had even approached Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.

Reminding the audience of professional compulsions in the face of competition, Mr. Chandra said that in this era only the fittest would survive.

Mr. Chandra said the print as well as electronic media had emerged as the cheapest market with the readers and subscribers getting newspapers and TV channels at a negligible price.

`Monopoly broken'

He said the credit for the prevailing competitive scenario in the media should be given to new young media groups, emergence of which had broken the ``monopoly'' of a few giants.

Mr. Dasmunsi, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken, former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Ministers Surinder Singhla and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh and Bhaskar Group's chairman Ramesh Chandra Agrawal also spoke. UNI