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Arasu licence for 'affordability', pvt MSOs concern to be studied, says Naidu

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MUMBAI: Affordability and world-class service were the main reasons for granting last month Digital Addressable System (DAS) licence to Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd (TACTV), the union minister for information and broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu said at an event of All India Radio in Chennai. 

Naidu, however, said the government would take into consideration the concerns of private multi-system operators. He hoped that the state government would be mindful of the conflict of interest issue amid competition. 

The Central decision had come as a surprise as it was against Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendations of permitting state government in broadcasting or distribution of television channels. 

MIB was working to strengthen radio and Doordarshan owing to increasing competition, Naidu said. The minister, who paid a surprise visit to the Doordarshan office, said the Press Information Bureau website will be operational in Tamil from 15 August.

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