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General News Number of pay TV channels declined to 293 in June qtr: TRAI
MUMBAI: The total number of pay TV channels has declined to 293 during the quarter ended 30 June 2017 compared to 295 pay channels in the preceding quarter, according to TRAI’s quarterly performance indicator report.

As many as 883 private satellite TV channels had been permitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for uplinking/downlinking, as on 30 June 2017.

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During the quarter, there were 293 pay channels including 210 SD pay TV channels and 83 HD pay TV channels, as reported by 48 broadcasters, compared to 295 pay channels reported in the previous quarter.

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One pay channel, B4U Movies, was converted into free-to-air (FTA), one FTA channel, NHK World Premium, was converted into a pay channel and two pay channels, namely Zee Salaam and Zindagi, were discontinued.

As on 30 June, there were 310 operational private FM radio stations and 86 existing cities with 33 FM radio operators as against 293 private FM radio stations and 84 cities with 32 FM radio operators in the previous quarter.

According to the reporting of advertisement revenue by the 32 FM radio service providers, it has emerged that during the quarter 17 new private FM radio stations became operational.

The reported advertisement revenue of private FM radio stations fell by 9.66% to Rs 477.51 crore as against Rs 528.57 crore in respect of 293 private FM radio stations for the previous quarter.

As per data received from the MIB, as on 30 June 2017, out of the 275 licences issued so far, 207 community radio stations are already operational.

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