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MIB withdraws six TV channel licences in June; total cancellations at 195

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled six TV channel licences in June. With seven TV channel licences being given in the same month, the total number of permitted of TV channels grew by just 1 to 883, as of 30 June 2017.

The ministry had cancelled four uplinking and two downlinking licences in June. Bangla Entertainment’s uplinking licence under the name Aath has been cancelled as the company had procured a downlinking licence under the name Sony Aath in March this year.

Other companies whose licences have been cancelled include Fast Track Media and Communication’s Techno India Television, Heritage Tele Venture and Media’s 365 Din, Noida Software Technology Park Ltd’s (NSTPL) KBS World, Planet E-shop Holdings India’s Miraclenet, and Pragya Vision’s MahuaaPlus.

Fast Track Media and Communication’s Techno India Television was a news uplinking licence in Bengali. Heritage Tele Venture and Media’s 365 Din was Hindi uplinking news licence.

KBS World is the South Korean pubcaster Korean Broadcasting System’s international channel. It was being distributed by NSTPL in India.

Planet E-shop Holdings India’s Miraclenet licence was a non-news downlinking licence in multiple Indian languages. Pragya Vision’s MahuaaPlus was a non-news uplinking licence in Hindi.

As on 30 June, the total number of licence cancellations has jumped to 195 from 189 in May.

The MIB has so far cancelled 40 TV channel licences in 2017 till 30 June. January saw the highest cancellations at 13 licences, followed by 10 licences each in March and May. In February, only one licence, that of Shri News, got cancelled. There were no cancellations in April.

In May, 10 TV licences were cancelled including that of Sony Pictures Networks India’s subsidiary Bangla Entertainment’s non-news uplinking licence under the name Sony Tec. The company had received the licence in January 2016.

ZEEL’s uplinking only non-news licence Zee TV Russia was also withdrawn. The 10-year licence period of the channel had expired in March.

Other cancellations included that of Da Vinci Media India’s licence Da Vinci Learning, Entertainment Television Network’s Hindi music channel M-Tunes HD and devotional channel Bhakti, Kartikeya Sharma-promoted Information TV’s news and non-news licences under the names Awaam and Ganga, L and C Media’s non-news licence bearing the name SS TV, Seashore Securities’ news licence STV Samachar and SPV Communications India’s news licence G-TV.

In March, the ministry had withdrawn 10 licences including seven licences of Star India which were surrendered by the broadcaster.

In February, the ministry had cancelled the licence of New Delhi-based Softline Media’s Hindi news and infotainment channel Shri News.

The licences of 13 TV channels, including eight news and five non-news channels, were cancelled in January. The companies whose TV channel licences were cancelled included Triveni Media, Neon Solution, NDTV Ltd, Pompash Fiscal Services and Satlon Enterprise.

As on 31 May, there were 882 permitted TV channel licences in the country including 391 news channels and 491 non-news channels. With seven new licences in June, the total permitted channels should have been 889. However, the cancellation of six licences brought the number down to 883.

The ministry granted seven TV channel uplinking licences including six non-news and one news in June, its highest in the first six months of 2017. The new licences included AETN TV18 FYI TV18 HD and History TV18 HD Tamil, Indore-based Enter10 Television’s Enter10 Bangla and Shaandar Cinema, Bengaluru-based Lakshmi Gold Khazaanaa’s TV1
News 24×7, Delhi-based ad agency Graphisads’ Prerna, and BnB Entertainment’s BNB.

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