ZMCL, Vedic Broadcasting, Disney receive TV channel licences in Sep

MUMBAI: Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL) and Baba Ramdev’s Vedic Broadcasting have received a bulk of the eight TV channel licences issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) in September.

News broadcaster ZMCL has got four uplinking/downlinking licences under the name 1 Chennai, 1 Mumbai, 1 Kolkata, and 1 Delhi.

Baba Ramdev’s Vedic Broadcasting, which owns and operates Aastha and Aastha Bhajan channels, has received three non-news uplinking/downlinking licences namely Aastha Tamil, Aastha Telugu, and Aastha Kannada.

The company had also launched its third channel Vedic in August 2017. Ramdev also runs Arihant through a separate company called Aastha Broadcasting Network.

In January, Ramdev had revealed that Vedic Broadcasting will foray into the regional space. He had also stated that the channels will be launched as soon as the licences arrive since the infrastructure is ready.

The company had launched Aastha TV app in January. The app utilised YuppTV’s white-labelled video platform to be present across the digital world of web, mobile, and connected TVs. The content on the app is also available in regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Bangla and Marathi.

Apart from ZMCL and Vedic Broadcasting, Disney Broadcasting India has also received a non-news uplinking/downlinking licence under the name UTV HD.

The ministry has cancelled Sony Pictures Networks India’s (SPNI) SAB Marathi licence since the same was surrendered by the broadcaster. SPNI launched its Marathi GEC Sony Marathi in August.

ZEEL has also got the approval to launch its Malayalam GEC Zee Keralam and Zee Keralam HD. The Zindagi and Zee Classic licences have been renamed Zee Keralam and Zee Keralam HD. Both the channels have been shutdown.

The ministry has granted permission to 1116 private satellite TV channels so far of which 247 permissions have been cancelled. The permitted private satellite TV channels having valid permission in India stands at 869. This includes 386 news and 483 non-news channels.

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