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MIB earned Rs 836.52 cr in licence fee from DTH ops in FY15

MUMBAI: Even as they spar over the quantum of licence fee, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has collected Rs 836.52 crore (Rs 8.37 billion) from the six private DTH operators during 2014–15, up 111.5% from the year-ago period.

In 2013–14, the ministry had earned Rs 395.43 crore (Rs 3.95 billion) from Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h. It had collected Rs 308.66 crore (Rs 3.08 billion) in 2012–13.

The MIB’s earnings from FM radio auction dwindled in 2014–15 to Rs 80.30 crore (Rs 803 million). In 2013–14, it had earned Rs 102.21 crore (Rs 1.02 billion) while in 2012–13 its earnings stood at Rs 61.27 crore (Rs 612.7 million).

In 2014–15, grants-in aid amounting to Rs 2437.98 crore (Rs 24.37 billion) was released to Prasar Bharati. Over the last three years, the ministry has released Rs 6640.48 crore (Rs 66.4 billion) to Prasar Bharati including Rs 2,140 crore (Rs 21.4 billion) in 2013–14 and Rs 2,062.50 (Rs 20.62 billion) in 2012–13.

Over the last three years, the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) has spent Rs 46.75 crore (Rs 467.5 million) on its various activities, which included monitoring of content of various TV channels.

During 2014–2015, a sum of Rs 27.18 crore (Rs 271.8 million) was spent by the EMMC on its various activities against sanctioned budget provision of Rs 27.47 crore (Rs 274.7 million). In 2013–14 and 2012–13, it had spent Rs 14.38 crore (Rs 143.8 million) and Rs 5.19 crore (Rs 51.9 million) respectively.