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I&B ministry permits four new channels in 2014
NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has already issued licence to four new television channels in 2014.
As per the list of permitted TV channels available on the ministry’s website, the ministry approved the licences of The Green TV, Hastey Raho, Satlon News and Maha Movie.
Teleone Consumers Product-promoted Hastey Raho and Sangeet Television Network-promoted Maha Movie have got non-news uplinking licence for Hindi, English and all other Indian schedule languages, while Nomad Films-promoted The Green TV has got non-news uplinking licence for Hindi, English as well as few regional languages.
The only company to get a news channel uplinking licence was Satlon Enterprise, which has got the permission to start a news and current affairs channel by the name Satlon News in Gujarati/Hindi/English language.
In 2013, seven new television channels were issued licences including Anugraha Malayalam (earlier Hind TV), CVR News English, CVR Spiritual Om, Page 3, Namastute (earlier RR News), 10 TV, and Samachar Plus Rajasthan (earlier Buland News).
TelevisionPost.com had in December reported how the MIB is going slow on issuing licences for launching television channels. As per information available till 30 September 2013, there are 218 applications pending for uplinking and downlinking permissions for new channels.
As of 31 January 2014, the government has permitted 786 private TV channels to operate in India. Of this, 389 channels are news and current affairs channels while 397 are non-news and current affairs channels.
As many as 784 private satellite television channels were permitted in India as of 2 December 2013 which included 389 news and current affairs channels and 395 non-news and current affairs channels.