The MIB has awarded one TV channel license to Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL) and has cancelled five licenses between September 6 to September 30.
ZMCL has got the license to launch Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand. Incidentally, ZMCL already had a regional news channel for UP/Uttarakhand market called Zee Sangam.
However, that channel was converted into a national news channel called India 24×7. The same was recently re-branded Zee Hindustan.
The ministry has also cancelled five licenses taking the total number of cancelled licenses to 221 till Septembe r30.
The five channels whose licenses have been revoked include L And C Media’s SS Entertainment, Leader Television and Entertainment’s Leader TV, Turner International India’s TCM Turner Classic Movies, ZEEL’s Zee Cinema Middle East, and Vyjayanthi Televentures’ Mayabazar.
The ministry has granted licenses to 1098 channels, as on September 30. Of these, it has cancelled 221 TV channel licenses. Thus, the total permitted TV Channels having valid permission in India are 877 including 388 news and current affairs channels and 489 non-news channels.
The ministry had granted 10 new TV channel licensesbetween August 10to September5. 9 out of the 10 licenses were issued in August while just one license was issued in September.
Cinema 24×7, a company linked to TV shopping and e-commerce company Naaptol, had got seven non-news up linkinglicenses. Media Worldwide, the company that runs a clutch of music channels, had got a non-news up linkinglicense in the name Bangla Talkies. Others who had received the licenses included MalaiMurasuSeithikal and Anaadi TV.
It had also knocked-off 19 TV channel licenses between August 1to September 5from its list of permitted TV channels. The channels whose licenses were cancelled included Star Movies Premiere, Star Movies Premiere HD, Fox Crime HD, B4U Plus, B4U Hitz, HBO Defined, HomeShop18 Gold, NDTV Metro nation, TV99, CNEB, Kalaignar Asia, KBC News, Naxatra Saptrang, Space TV, SSenior-1 TV, Azad, UChannel UFX, UTV Bollywood, and Interactive TV.– Indian DTH