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MIB seeks details from TV channels for renewal of downlinking licences

MUMBAI: With the downlinking licences of 60 channels having expired and that of six channels set to expire by the end of the year, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has asked TV broadcasting companies to provide details of their board of directors and key executives for renewal of licences.

Among the 60 channels whose downlinking licences has expired include SET, Sony Max, Star Sports 1, 3, & 4, Discovery Channel, NGC, Ten Sports, Disney Channel, Pogo, Zee Café and Zee Studio.

The six channels whose licences are set to expire by the end of the year include Al Jazeera, France24, ESP News, Star Sports HD2, Granada TV and Trace Sports HD.

The MIB has asked for details of the company for which clearance is sought, of the director for whom clearance is sought, and, in case of news channels, details of key executives.

The companies have to furnish the requisite information along with supporting documents by 10 May to the ministry for further processing.

The information is essential to obtain fresh security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the ministry said.

Fresh security clearance is required after the expiry of validity of initial security clearance granted for TV channels and setting up of teleports.