MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has permitted 10 new TV channel licences between 10 August and 5 September. Nine out of the 10 licences were issued in August while one licence was issued in September.
Cinema 24×7, a company linked to TV shopping and e-commerce company Naaptol, got seven non-news uplinking licences.
Media Worldwide, the company that runs a clutch of music channels, got a non-news uplinking for Bangla Talkies.
Chennai Murasu got a news uplinking licence for Malai Murasu Seithikal. The company is part of the media group that publishes Tamil newspapers ‘Daily Thanthi’ and ‘Malai Murasu’ besides news channels Thanthi TV and Malai Murasu TV.
Bhopal-based Asnani Builders and Developers got a news uplinking licence for Anaadi TV.
Naaptol owns and operates six home shopping channels, namely Naaptol Blue, Naaptol Tamil, Naaptol Telugu, Naaptol Kannada, Naaptol Malayalam, and Naaptol Bangla. It also runs Hindi movie channels Cinema TV and Vaa Movies.
The channel licences are different companies including MGK Printing Works, Global Telecasting and Softline Creation.
The total number of permitted TV channels stands at 881. This includes 387 news channels and 494 non-news channels.
In July, the ministry had issued nine TV channel licences including two to Viacom18.
Lex Sportel Vision, a company in which former Dish TV CEO RC Venkateish is a director, got a non-news uplinking licence under the name ATR for English and Hindi language.
VIL Media, the owner of Telugu news channel V6, got a non-news licence for a cannel named V6 Ent.
Prashant Chothani and Shri Venkatesh Films director Mahendra Soni-promoted Media Worldwide got a non-news uplinking licence under the name Travelxp for Gujarati, Hindi, English and other Indian languages. The company owns and operates a clutch of music channels, namely Music India, Sangeet Marathi, Sangeet Bhojpuri and Sangeet Bangla.
Paul E-Commerce, a company promoted by Punjabi music channel 9X Tashan co-owner Sandeep Bansal, got a non-news uplinking licence under the name Pitaara for all Indian languages. Bansal runs 9X Tashan through a separate company called Paul Entertainment.
Cauvery Power Trading Chennai’s Tamil news channel Cauvery News, which was slated to launch on 25 August, also got the licence.
Shopping Zone India TV got the licence to launch a dedicated home shopping channel Shopping Zone. However, the licence is under the name Shop 5. The company’s website claims Shopping Zone is a dedicated shopping TV channel which showcases products that provide extraordinary value and exceptional quality. Shopping Zone also has an online selling platform szonline.in.
Shreya Broadcasting, which owns and operates Telugu news channel TV5 News and Telugu devotional channel Hindu Dharmam, got a news licence to launch TV5 Kannada. This confirmed TelevisionPost.com’s earlier report that the company had plans to launch a Kannada news channel.