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MIB cancels 19 TV channel licences in Aug–Sep

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) knocked off 19 TV channel licences, between 1 August and 5 September, from its list of permitted TV channels.

Consequently, the total number of cancelled licences shot up to 216, as on 5 September. In July, two licences were cancelled, taking the total to 197.

The ministry cancelled three licences of Star India. These are Star Movies Premiere, Star Movies Premiere HD and Fox Crime HD. The company had not operationalised these licences. Star had received the licences for these channels in March 2016.

B4U Television Network’s two licences for B4U Plus and B4U Hitz were also cancelled due to non-operationalisation.

Disney Broadcasting India’s licence under the name UTV Bollywood was cancelled due to non-operationalisation.

Turner International India’s licence under the name HBO Defined, which was shut down in early 2016 along with HBO Hits, was also cancelled. The broadcaster had launched HBO HD in place of HBO Hits; however, the HBO Defined licence was lying vacant.

TV18 Broadcast’s licence for HomeShop18 Gold was also chucked off the list as it was not operationalised even after two years of being granted the licence. New Delhi Television’s licence for NDTV Metronation was cancelled as the channel had shut down and the licence was non-operational.

Jaipur-based Channel 99 Media’s news uplinking licence under the name TV99 was cancelled. The reason for the cancellation of the channel’s licence is not clear. TV99 was a Hindi news channel.

Complete News and Entertainment Broadcast’s (CNEB) news licence under the name CNEB was cancelled. The licence was issued in March 2008.

Kalaignar TV’s licence under the name Kalaignar Asia was also cancelled.

Chandigarh-based Kohinoor Broadcasting Corporation’s licence under the name KBC News was also annulled. Kohinoor was a listed company, but it has been suspended from trading on the BSE.

Odia news channel Naxatra Saptrang’s licence was also cancelled. The channel was owned and operated by NK Media Ventures.

Other channel licences that had been suspended included Scorpion Media’s Space TV, Senior Media’s Senior-1 TV, TG Angel Media’s Azad, UFX Ventures’ Channel UFX, and Viswa Dharisanam TV’s Interactive TV.

The ministry had cancelled two TV channel licences in July. These included Real Global Broadcasting’s Food First licence and Travel Channel India’s licence for Travel Channel.

As reported earlier, the MIB had permitted 10 new TV channel licences between 10 August and 5 September. The number of licences issued stood at 1097, out of which 216 were cancelled. Thus, the total of permitted TV channels stood at 881, including 387 news channels and 494 non-news channels.

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 under the name 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 under the name Anaadi TV.