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Two news channels surrender licence to MIB; TV channels drop to 830

MUMBAI: Two news channels have bitten the dust. The owners of ABC News and Voice of Nation have surrendered their TV channel licences to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), a source said.

With this, the number of TV channels in the country has decreased to 830, according to the MIB’s updated list of permitted TV channels.

As per an earlier list, the MIB had granted licences to 832 TV channels till 9 April 2015, out of which 406 were news and current affairs channels while 426 were non-news and current affairs channels.

With the surrender of licences by these two channels, the number of news and current affairs channels has fallen to 404.

Voice of Nation was a Dehradun-based Hindi news channel owned by Northern India Holdings. The channel had received news uplinking licence in Hindi (digital mode) on 13 September 2010.

ABC News was a Telugu news channel owned by Vijayawada-based Akhil Broadcasting. The channel had received news uplinking licence in Telugu on 3 October 2011.