No plans to levy 10% licence fee on broadcasters, cable ops: Prakash Javadekar

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has stated that it has no plans to levy a 10% licence fee on broadcasters and cable operators.

“There is no proposal to levy 10 per cent licence fee across the board on broadcasters and cable operators,” I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha in response to a question.

Javadekar also stated that industry-wise information relating to licence fee is not centrally maintained. “In so far Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcasting service is concerned, the licensee is required to pay an annual fee equivalent to 10% of its gross revenue.”

In response to another question, Javadekar stated that the ministry continues to create an enabling environment for strengthening of the broadcasting system through continuous review of policies and programmes and taking steps to improve ease of doing business.

That the total number of private satellite channels permitted by the ministry stands at 918.

As on 31st January 2020, there are 1630 Multi-System Operators (MSOs) registered with MIB. However, Local Cable Operators (LCOs) are not currently registered with the MIB.

There are five DTH operators in the country. These include Dish TV, Tata Sky, Bharti Telemedia, Sun Direct TV, and Independent TV.

There are 382 private FM Radio channels are operational in 107 cities, spread across 27 states and 3 UTs in the country. Prasar Bharati is having 653 AIR transmitters operating from 482 stations across the country at the end of 2019.

As on 31st January 2020, there are 278 operational Community Radio Stations (CRS) in the country.

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