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Update: MIB cancelled 13 TV channel licences in 2016
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MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled 13 TV channel licences in 2016 due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and submission of fake performance bank guarantee (PBG) in one case.

The TV channel licences of Positiv Television, Lemon Entertainment, Maa Television Network and Navda Creations have been revoked, according to information provided by Minister of State in the MIB Rajyavardhan Rathore in the Lok Sabha.

Only Navda Creations, which had received a non-news uplinking licence in August, has been stripped of its TV channel licence for submission of fake performance bank guarantee (PBG).

Positiv Television’s six uplinking licences, which include five news and one non-news, have been cancelled.

In case of Lemon Entertainment, two licences, one news and one non-news, have been cancelled.

Maa Television Network’s four non-news licences have been terminated.

It is pertinent to note that Star India had acquired Maa Television Network’s broadcast business for $346 million. The company had secured fresh uplinking licences under the name Maa TV, Maa Movies, Maa Music and Maa Gold. Thus, the MIB’s decision had no impact on Star’s acquisition.

The MIB has cited denial of security clearance by the MHA as the main reason for revoking the TV channel licences of the above companies.

Rathore said that the MIB has revoked 68 licences between 2012 and 2016. The highest number of licences were cancelled in 2013, when as many as 38 TV channel licences were revoked.

In 2012 and 2016, the ministry had cancelled 13 licences each. In 2014 and 2015, just two licences each were cancelled.

[Image: LIST-OF-CANCELLED-TV-CHANNEL-AS-ON-25th-Nov-2016.jpg]

Incidentally, Delhi High Court recently restored the licences of STV Enterprises and Mahuaa Media. STV Enterprises’ four news licences were restored while Mahuaa Media’s five licences, including three news and two non-news licences, were restored.

As on 30 November, the MIB had permitted 892 TV channels to operate in India. This included 400 news and 492 non-news channels.

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Airtel Digital HD Recorder / Kerala Vision Digital TV
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