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MIB cancels one TV licence in Aug; TV channel number touches 891

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has permitted 891 private satellite television channels to broadcast in India, up from 886 in July.

The data till 31 August 2016 shows that there are 492 non-news and current affairs channels, up from 487 a month ago.

In the news category, no new licences were granted in the month of August. The number of news and current affairs channels, thus, remains static at 399.

In August, the MIB cancelled a channel in the non-news category. However, six new licences in this genre were issued that same month.

Compared to August, July saw a larger number of TV channel licences cancelled. As reported earlier by TelevisionPost.com, the ministry had cancelled licences of 10 TV channels of four companies due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Four new TV channel licences were granted by the MIB.

The MIB has so far cancelled permission of 150 TV channels, up from 149 in July. The total number of permissions granted to private satellite TV channels has increased to 1,041, as on 31 August 2016. But after the cancellation of 150 channels, the total number of TV stations having valid permission stands at 891. These include 492 non-news and current affairs channels and 399 news and current affairs channels.

The MIB has permitted 771 channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 768 a month ago. These include 394 non-news channels (earlier 391) and 377 news channels (earlier also 377).

So far, 22 TV channels have been given uplinking permission from India but not downlinking in India, which is the same as in July. This number includes 15 non-news channels and seven news channels.

The MIB has permitted 98 TV channels to only downlink into India as on 31 August, compared to 96 a month ago. Eighty-three of these are in the non-news category (earlier 81), while the rest are in the news genre.

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