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Reshuffle at Arasu Cable as Kumaragurubaran makes comeback as MD

MUMBAI: In a classic case of executive musical chairs, the Tamil Nadu government has reinstated J Kumaragurubaran as managing director of Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) and director of Information and Public Relations.

It was in February that the state government had replaced Kumaragurubaran with Mahesan Kasirajan as MD of TACTV. Following Kumaragurubaran’s comeback, Kasirajan has been shifted back to Tamil Nadu Sugar Corporation as MD and director.

The changes were made just a day after the Election Commission’s model code of conduct came to an end.

Arasu has a subscriber base of 6.21 million as of 1 September 2013, with an operator base of 24,619 spread across the state. The multi-system operator (MSO) provides around 100 channels to cable TV subscribers at Rs 70 per month. It has an operator base of 24,619 across the state.

The state government-owned MSO has been at loggerheads with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) over digital addressable system (DAS) licence. The MIB has been dilly-dallying over giving DAS licence to Arasu to operate in Chennai.

Incidentally, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had in 2012 stated that government or government-owned entities must not be allowed to enter the broadcasting sector.