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MIB issues format of security clearance for TV channels

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has set the format of security clearance for new TV channels as well as those seeking fresh security clearances before renewal of permission for next 10 years.

The Ministry has mentioned the format in which applications should be sent by news and non-news television channels seeking security clearance to uplink or downlink news/non-news and current affairs TV channels.

The companies owning TV channels will now have to furnish the details of the company and its Board of Directors (in four additional sets), giving details of the company/firm for whom clearance is sought. The applications have to be sent to Ministry within 15 days.

Details required as per the format are names of firms/bidders, address of the registered office and date of incorporation.

MIB has also sought details of the directors /key executives including, name/parentage, date of birth, present position held and complete address (not postal address).

As reported by TelevisionPost.com, in October last year, the issue came up when MIB asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the expiry date of the security clearance given to broadcasting companies.

The MHA had replied that the validity was only for three years. The broadcasters raised concern and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) made a representation to MIB urging it to reconsider the decision.

The NBA said that the limiting of validity of security clearance will be detrimental to the business of broadcasters. The Ministry then wrote to the MHA suggesting that the security clearance should be made valid for the entire duration of the licence, which is 10 years.

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