The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) knocked off 19 TV channel licenses, between 1 August and 5 September, from its list of permitted TV channels.
Consequently, the total number of cancelled licenses shot up to 216, as on 5 September. In July, two licenses were cancelled, taking the total to 197.
The ministry cancelled three licenses of Star India. These are Star Movies Premiere, Star Movies Premiere HD and Fox Crime HD. The company had not operationalized these licenses. Star had received the licenses for these channels in March 2016.
B4U Television Network’s two licenses for B4U Plus and B4U Hitz were also cancelled due to non-operationalization.
Disney Broadcasting India’s license under the name UTV Bollywood was cancelled due to non-operationalization.
Turner International India’s license under the name HBO Defined, which was shut down in early 2016 along with HBO Hits, was also cancelled. The broadcaster had launched HBO HD in place of HBO Hits; however, the HBO Defined license was lying vacant.
TV18 Broadcast’s license for HomeShop18 Gold was also chucked off the list as it was not operationalized even after two years of being granted the license. New Delhi Television’s license for NDTV Metro nation was cancelled as the channel had shut down and the license was non-operational.
Jaipur-based Channel 99 Media’s news uplinking license under the name TV99 was cancelled. The reason for the cancellation of the channel’s license is not clear. TV99 was a Hindi news channel.
Complete News and Entertainment Broadcast’s (CNEB) news license under the name CNEB was cancelled. The license was issued in March 2008.Kalaignar TV’s license under the name Kalaignar Asia was also cancelled.
Chandigarh-based Kohinoor Broadcasting Corporation’s license under the name KBC News was also annulled. Kohinoor was a listed company, but it has been suspended from trading on the BSE.
Odia news channel Naxatra Saptrang’s license was also cancelled. The channel was owned and operated by NK Media Ventures.
Other channel licenses that had been suspended included Scorpion Media’s Space TV, Senior Media’s Senior-1 TV, TG Angel Media’s Azad, UFX Ventures’ Channel UFX, and ViswaDharisanam TV’s Interactive TV.
The ministry had cancelled two TV channel licenses in July. These included Real Global Broadcasting’s Food First license and Travel Channel India’s license for Travel Channel.
As reported earlier, the MIB had permitted 10 new TV channel licenses between August 10 and September 5. The number of licenses issued stood at 1097, out of which 216 were cancelled. Thus, the total of permitted TV channels stood at 881, including 387 news channels and 494 non-news channels.
Cinema 24×7, a company linked to TV shopping and e-commerce company Naaptol got seven non-news uplinking licenses. Media Worldwide, the company that runs a clutch of music channels, got a non-news uplinking under the name Bangla Talkies.
Chennai Murasu got a news uplinking licence for MalaiMurasuSeithikal. The company is part of the media group that publishes Tamil newspapers Daily Thanthi and MalaiMurasu besides news channels Thanthi TV and MalaiMurasu TV. Bhopal-based Asnani Builders and Developers got a news uplinking license under the name Anaadi TV. – Indian DTH