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Govt earned Rs 48 crore from foreign TV channels: Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has earned Rs 48.05 crore (Rs 480.5 million) from foreign TV channels towards registration fee and annual renewal fee during the current fiscal and last three years, I&B minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha.

Three broadcasting companies, having permission of 17 foreign TV channels, have obtained foreign direct investment (FDI) during the last three years and the current year.

Jaitley also said that the ministry has permitted 822 TV channels as on 5 August 2015 under Uplinking/Downlinking guidelines.

Answering a question about the number of foreign channels/companies which have flouted the norms set for broadcasting, channel/company wise during each of the last three years along with the steps taken by the government in this regard, Jaitley provided a list of channels according to which the government had taken action against 12 channels in the last three years.

Additionally, the government had issued nine advisories to news & current affairs channels and seven advisories to TV channels.