The Information and Broadcasting Ministry will not require Department of Space (DoS) clearance for applications of TV channels to uplink from approved teleports. DoS clearance would only be required in case of applications seeking permission to set up teleports and operating DSNG vans. The move comes in the backdrop of an earlier decision of the ministry, as per which it had simplified annual renewal process for existing TV channels as part of ease-of-doing business.
Applications requiring permission for uplinking or downlinking of private satellite TV channels, teleports, news agencies, and others are processed as per policy guidelines. On the basis of information furnished in the application form, if the applicant is found eligible, the form will be sent for security clearance to the Ministry of Home Affairs and for clearance of satellite use to the Department of Space, wherever required.