The announcement by the State Information Department that it is working on comprehensive empanelment, subscription policy for electronic, online media on the analogy of print media has come as a big relief for the owners of the online news portals in the State who have been worried owing to the financial constraints. The draft guidelines framed by the Department of Information for the empanelment of news Channels, FM radio, online news agencies and online news portals for release of advertisements and subscription by the department was a long awaited step. Due to the fast growing reach of electronic and online media, the department’s decision to frame such a comprehensive policy was till now restricted to only print media. The department should hold further consultations with the stakeholders in this regard to put a comprehensive mechanism in place for empanelment of electronic and online media. All the stakeholders should be taken on board before finalizing a policy framework in this regard as it is for the first time that the department is venturing out into an entirely new area for empanelment, which was otherwise restricted to the traditional print media.