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General News MIB cancelled 110 TV channel licences in last 5 years: Rathore
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled 110 TV channel licences from February 2012 until July 2017, as per information provided by Minister of State in I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore in the Lok Sabha.

Of these 110 licences, nine belonging to Mahuaa Media and STV Enterprises have been reinstated after the Delhi High Court stayed the cancellations.

The main reasons for cancellation of licences are non-operationalisation of licences, non-submission of bank guarantee and denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

In 2012, the ministry had cancelled 13 TV licences. The main reason was inactivity within a year and non-submission of bank guarantee. In 17 cases, the licence was withdrawn due to denial of security clearance.

In 2013, 38 TV channels had lost their licences mainly due to non-operationalisation within a year and non-submission of bank guarantee. In 2014 and 2015, two licences each got cancelled. The ministry cancelled 25 licences in 2016 while in 2017 30 TV channel licences were terminated.

Private satellite TV channels are required to abide by the terms and conditions as mentioned in the Policy Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Private Satellite TV channels in India, the minister said. The ministry has granted permissions to 890 TV channels to operate in the country.

“As far as visual media is concerned, registration of a total number of 101 permissions has been cancelled due to violations of rules of registration. There are nine other channels whose permission was cancelled by the ministry due to security denial by the Home Affairs; however, stay order was given by the Delhi High Court against the cancellation orders,” Rathore added.

The ministry has revoked licences of six companies under FM Phase II for violation of the provisions of GOPA. The ministry has given permission to 44 Indian companies to operate FM radio channels.

Private FM radio broadcasters have to follow the rules and regulations prescribed in the Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) signed by them with the government.

No registration has been cancelled in print media for violating the rules of registration. Rathore also informed that 132,336 publications are registered in the country with the office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India as on 31 March.

Publications (newspapers and periodicals) have to follow the norms prescribed in the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867.

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