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MIB grants three TV channel licences in Nov, Sony gets one
MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), which did not grant any TV channel licence in October, has issued three non-news licences in November.
The ministry has also cancelled one licence, that of of Navda Creations. It has restored five TV licences of Mahuaa Media and four of STV Enterprises.
Three TV channel licences issued in Nov
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has received downlinking licence for Sony Pix 2. The other two recipient of licences are Yelamanchili TV for Yone TV and Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel for SVBC 2.
Yone TV, which is the first complete Telugu web TV channel, has expanded to cable TV. It will now launch as a satellite channel.
Currently, Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel owns and operates spiritual channel Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC).
Licence of Navda Creations cancelled
The ministry has cancelled the uplinking non-news licence of Navda Creations under the name Navda. Incidentally, the licence was issued in August this year.
Licences of 9 channels owned by Mahuaa Media and STV Enterprises restored
The ministry has also reinstated the licences of nine TV channels owned by STV Enterprises and Mahuaa Media.
STV’s four news uplinking licences, namely Punjab Today, STV Jammu Kashmir News, STV Haryana News and STV UP News, have been restored.
Mahuaa Media’s three news licences, namely Mahuaa, Mahuaa News and First India, as well as two non-news licences, Mahuaa Music and Mahuaa Movies have, been restored.
The licences have been restored following a stay order given by Delhi High Court. The licences were cancelled due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Permitted TV channel licences goes up to 892
With three new licences issued, one cancelled and nine restored, the number of permitted TV channel licences has gone up to 892, as on 25 November. In October, the number of permitted TV channels stood at 881.
The number of news channels has moved up to 406 from 399 while that of non-news channels has increased to 486 from 482.
The number of cancelled TV channel licences went down to 153 from 161 in the previous month.
A total of 1045 private TV channel licences have been granted as on 25 November 2016 compared to 1,042 a month ago.