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MIB cancels one TV channel licence in June
MUMBAI: There are 892 private satellite television channels permitted to broadcast in India.
After a gap of three months, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the licence of one TV channel in June. This is in the non-news genre.
With this, the permission of 139 TV channels stands cancelled as of 30 June 2016.
In the months of March, April and May, the number of TV channels whose permission had been revoked was at 138. In February 2016, this number stood at 126.
The MIB has granted permission to 1,031 TV channels so far. But after the cancellation of 139 channels, the total count of TV stations having valid permission is 892.
Three TV channel licences were added in June. While two of them were in the news and current affairs genre, one was in the non-news and current affairs category.
The two news channels were granted to one company. Total Telefilms, which runs Hindi news channel Total TV, has the approval to launch Total Haryana and Total Rajasthan.
The number of news and current affairs channels has increased to 403, up from 401 in May.
There are 489 non-news and current affairs channels as of 30 June 2016, same as in May. According to MIB data, in June only Gokaan International Media got a licence to launch a channel in this genre under the name of MAAS TV. This means that the MIB has cancelled one channel licence in this genre in June.
The ministry has permitted 776 TV channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 774 a month ago. This includes 395 non-news channels and 381 (earlier 379) news channels.
So far, 20 TV channels have been given uplinking permission from India but not downlinking in India, which is the same as in May. This number includes 13 non-news and seven news channels.
The MIB has permitted 96 TV channels to only downlink into India, same as in April and May and one more than in March end. Eighty-one of these are in the non-news category, while the rest are in the news genre.