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MIB permits 16 new TV channels in April

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permission to 16 new satellite television channels in April. During this period, permission of no TV channel was cancelled.

While there has been the addition of nine non-news and current affairs channels, seven new channels have come up in the news and current affairs genre.

With this, the total count of permitted private satellite TV channels now stands at 1,023. The data provided by the ministry is up to 30 April 2016.

The ministry earlier said that 1,007 private satellite TV channels had been granted permission to operate in the country until 31 March 2016. The permission of 138 channels stood cancelled until that period. After a month’s time, there has been no change in this figure.

In effect, 885 TV channels have been permitted to broadcast in India, up from 869 channels a month ago. These include 484 non-news and current affairs channels as well as 401 news and current affairs channels. A month back, there were 475 non-news and current affairs channels and 394 news and current affairs channels.

The MIB has permitted 769 TV channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 754 a month ago. This includes 390 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 31 March. This number includes 13 non-news channels and seven news channels.

The MIB has permitted 96 TV channels to only downlink into India, 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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