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TV channel applications proposing to uplink from approved teleports don’t require DoS clearance

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has said that clearance from the Department of Space (DoS) would not be required for TV channel applications proposing to uplink from teleports that are already cleared by DoS and permitted by the ministry. The MIB was providing further clarification on Clause 9.2 of ‘Uplinking Policy Guidelines’ for TV channels.

MIB also clarified that the DoS clearance would be required in case of applications seeking permission to set up teleports and operating digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) vans.

The ministry has said that the clarification has been meant to simplify the procedure for processing of application for uplinking/downlinking of TV channels.

Clause 9.2 states, “On the basis of information furnished in the application form, if the applicant is found eligible, its application will be sent for security clearance to the Ministry of Home Affairs and for clearance of satellite use to the Department of Space (wherever required).”

Since the ‘wherever required’ part in the procedure was not defined clearly, the ministry said that DoS clearance will be right procedure while dealing with the phrase ‘wherever required’.

All applications requiring permission for uplinking/downlinking of TV channels/teleports/news agencies/DSNGs are processed as per Clause 9.2 of the policy guidelines for uplinking of television channels from India.

The ministry has said that this order will come into force with immediate effect.