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MIB cancelled 13 TV channel licences in January

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) cancelled the licence of 13 TV channels, including eight news and five non-news channels, in January.

The companies whose TV channel licences were cancelled include Triveni Media, Neon Solution, NDTV Ltd, Pompash Fiscal Services and Satlon Enterprise.

The MIB showed the door to Satlon Enterprises’ Gujarati news channel Satlon News. Satlon Enterprises is a sister concern of The Sandesh Ltd, which owns the Gujarati daily Sandesh and Gujarati news channel Sandesh News.

New Delhi-based Triveni Media was the biggest loser with all seven of its licences getting scrapped. These included five news channels, namely TML Voice of India UP, TML Voice of India Punjab/Haryana/Himachal Pradesh, TML Voice of India Rajasthan, TML Voice of India Madhya Pradesh and TML Voice of India, besides two non-news channels, TML Voice of India Music and TML Voice of India Lifestyle.

NDTV’s cancelled licences included Granada TV and Trace Sports HD. The company is distributing the two channels in India and South Asia. Granada TV is a general entertainment channel owned by the UK’s ITV while Trace Sports Star (earlier Trace Sports HD) is a sports lifestyle channel. The two channels were launched in 2012.

Kanpur-based Pompash Fiscal Services lost two licences under the name Channel C Uttar Pradesh and Channel C. Both the licences were in news category.

The licence of Neo Solution’s travel channel Voyages Television was also cancelled.

As reported earlier, the MIB had issued three licences in January to Star Suvarna HD, Dighvijay TV and Jai Paras TV to Asianet Communications, VRL Media and Parshavnath Media, respectively.

With the 10 licence cancellations and three new licences, the total permitted private satellite TV channels having valid permission in India stood at 889, as on 31 January. These included 392 news and current affairs channels and 497 non-news and current affairs channels.

As on 31 December, the total permitted TV channels stood at 899 including 399 news and 500 non-news channels.

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