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Sumangali Cable refused licence by MIB

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NEW DELHI: Kalanidhi Maran owned Sumangali Cable Vision has been asked to stop distributing signals in Chennai.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked the multi system operator (MSO) which is part of Kal Media Services founded by the Maran family, to wind up its business in 15 days.

A note on the Ministry website said Kal Media Services had been denied permission on 20 August due to denial of security clearance by the Home Ministry.

Permanent licence had earlier been issued for 10 years on 19 June 2012 for Chennai Metropolitan area and provisional given on 7 March last year for phase II cites.

It is learnt that the Ministry has asked Sumangali to run a scroll on its channels asking subscribers to switch to other MSOs.

While the Ministry refused to comment on this development, a source from Sun TV which forms part of the group denied that this had anything to do with any familial dispute between the Maran brothers.

The Ministry had last month announced that 16 MSOs which had provisional permissions had been denied permanent licences. These refused permission includes: Skynet Digital Services, Jai Maa Vaishno Entertainment, Intermedia Cable Communications, Supersonic Networks and Godfather Communications. Thus Sumangali run by Kal Media makes the seventeenth MSO denied permission.

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