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MIB issues just 5 new TV channel licences in May, the lowest in 2016

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permission to just five new satellite television channels in May, the lowest this year.

In 2016, April was the busiest month for MIB officials to issue channel licences. In that month, 16 licences were issued, followed by 12 each in February and March. January had seen 10 new licences being granted by the MIB. A high of 18 TV channel licences were issued in the exit month of 2015.

In May, no licence was issued to channels in the news and current affairs genre. All the five channels that obtained licence were in the non-news and current affairs category.

For the last three months in a row, permission of no TV channel has been cancelled. As on 31 May, the permission of 138 channels stands cancelled. In February 2016, the total number of channels cancelled stood at 126.

The total count of permitted private satellite TV channels now stands at 1,028. The data provided by the ministry is up to 31 May 2016.

According to data provided by MIB, 1,023 private satellite TV channels had been granted permission to operate in the country until 30 April 2016.

In effect, 890 TV channels have been permitted to broadcast in India, up from 885 channels a month ago. These include 489 non-news and current affairs channels. The news and current affairs channels stay flat at 401.

A month back, there were 484 non-news and current affairs channels and 401 news and current affairs channels.

The MIB has permitted 774 TV channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 769 a month ago. This includes 395 non-news channels and 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 that on 30 April. This number includes 13 non-news and seven news channels.

The MIB has permitted 96 TV channels to only downlink into India, same as that in April and one more than in March end. Eighty-one of these are in the non-news category while the rest are in the news category.


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