MIB issued two, cancelled four licences in 2018 till April

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has granted two and cancelled four TV channel licences in February, according to the status at a glance of permitted private satellite TV channels.

Discovery Communications India has received two new TV channel licences Discovery Jeet HD and DSport HD. Both the licences are in the non-news downlinking category. The licences were granted on 31 January.

The new licences ended a three-month drought as the ministry didn’t issue any new licences. No new licences have been granted in February, March, and April as well.

According to media reports, the ministry after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took over from Smriti Irani has issued three new licences to Baba Ramdev’s Vedic Broadcasting to launch Aastha channel in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. The ministry had only issued 45 TV channel licences in 2017.

Discovery Jeet is a Hindi GEC that launched on 12 February. The channel will undergo revamp in the second half of the calendar as it failed to garner enough eyeballs with its original content.

DSport is Discovery’s sports channel that focusses on niche sports like cycling, horse racing, golf, and fight sports. It has also dabbled in cricket with Pakistan Super League and Nidahas Trophy.

The four channels whose licences have been revoked are Indiavision Satellite Communications’ Indiavision News and Yes Indiavision, Sindhi Kachchi Entertainment Corporation’s SK TV, and Filmcity Communication Technologies’ Wellness.

Barring Indiavision News, all three channels were in the non-news category.

Indiavision was a Malayalam news channel which launched on 14 July 2003 while Yes Indiavision was a hybrid channel that went on-air from 14 February 2007. The channels were shut down following a financial crunch.

In 2014, Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited (ABCL), the owner of TV9 news network, had acquired a majority stake in Indiavision.

Indiavision Satellite Communications was incorporated on 17 May 2000. Its authorised share capital is Rs. 40 crore while the paid up capital is Rs. 34.8 crore.

Directors of Indiavision Satellite Communications are Panikkaveettil Kuruppath Abdul Kader, Narasimha Murthy Kalyana Venkata Mangipudi, Clifford Pereira, Jamaludheen Farooquee, Puhtenpurayil Ayyavu Lalitha, Manatham Kandy Muneer, Mathukkara Moothedath Ramachandran, Nafeesathottathil, and Roy Mathew Mathew.

Sindhi Kutchi TV SK TV was started by Kanayalal Kewalramani from Gandhidham, Gujarat. SK TV was the first Sindhi started from the soil of India. The channel catered to Sindhis in India.

Sindhi Kachchhi Entertainment Corporation was incorporated on 03 May 2006. Its authorised and paid up capital is Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 2.39 crore respectively.

According to Zauba, Sindhi Kachchhi Entertainment Corporation Limited’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was last held on 26 September 2011 and as per records from Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), its balance sheet was last filed on 31 March 2011.

Directors of Sindhi Kachchhi Entertainment Corporation Limited are Kavita Mohanlal Kewalramani, Mohanlal Gopaldas Kewalramani, Shalini Rajesh Kewalramani, Poonam Gautam Nankani, Prem Lokumal Hemrajani, Kanayalal Gopaldas Kewalramani, Rajesh Kanayalal Kewalramani, .

As far as Filmcity Communication Technologies’ TV channel Wellness is concerned it is not clear whether the licence was operationalised or not. Directors of Filmcity Communication Technologies Limited are Surendra Ramkishore Gupta, Renu Surendra Gupta, Kantilal Gandhi, Siddharth Rajendra Avasthi, and Monica Lalchand Dubey. The company was incorporated in May 2012.

As per status at a glance of permitted private satellite TV channels, the ministry has granted permission to 1101 TV channels till 30 April. It has withdrawn permission to 226 channels. Thus, there are 875 channels with valid permission in India of which 388 are news channels while 487 are non-news channels.

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