Star Group, the Asian satellite broadcasting business of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, plans to boost its investment in India and Indonesia amid China's tighter rein over foreign investment in the media sector, according to chief executive Michelle Guthrie. 'We submitted a proposal to form a joint venture with a local partner under the official regulatory framework at the end of last year but we are still waiting for government approval,' Ms Guthrie said. She said the central government's tightening on foreign involvement in media early this year was 'disappointing'. 'It's a 10-year project in China and we have relations there and government supports our local content production,' Ms Guthrie said, adding that Star Group had no new investment plans for the mainland. Her comments follow remarks this week by Time Warner chairman and chief executive Richard Parsons that his company would prefer to invest in India rather than China because of regulatory issues. Star Group operates several Chinese-language channels such as entertainment channel Xing Kong Wei Shi and music-focused Channel V. The company produces 700 hours of local content each year for Xing Kong Wei Shi. Star also has a stake in China infotainment channel Phoenix Satellite Holdings. Star Group has invested US$350 million for 20 per cent of Indian direct-to-home satellite television service operator Tatas Sky. With its partner Tatas Group, Star is to launch the service next year and will offer subscribers 80 to 100 channels. The venture's main stream of income will come from subscriptions. The company also announced last month it would buy a 20 per cent stake in Cakrawala Andalas Televisi, or ANTV, to help the Indonesian broadcaster develop new content. No price was disclosed.