Permission had been granted by 31 August this year to 745 private satellite TV channels, out of which 366 TV channels were permitted in
the category of 'News and Current Affairs' and 379 in the category of 'Non-News and Current Affairs'.
The net worth criteria for teleports would be uniform irrespective of channel capacity. The net worth criteria would remain Rs 30 million
for the first teleport and Rs 10 million for every additional teleport.
All TV channels would be required to operationalise their TV channels within a time frame of one year from the date of permission, for which
Non-News and current affairs channels will have to sign a Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG) of Rs.10 million whereas News and Current Affairs channels will have to give a Performance Bank Guarantee for Rs. 20 million. In the event of non-operationalisation of the permitted
channel within a period of one year, the PBG will be forfeited and permission cancelled.
One of the persons occupying the top management position - Chairperson or Managing Director or Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating
Officer or Chief Technical Officer or Chief Financial Office in the applicant company - should have a minimum of three years of prior
experience in a media company, for both News and Non-News channels.
Proposals of merger, de-merger and amalgamation will be allowed under the provisions of Companies Act, after obtaining the permissions of
the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Channels operating in India and uplinked from India but meant only for foreign viewership should be required to ensure compliance of the
rules and regulations of the target country for which content is being produced and uplinked.
Permission fee for uplinking/downlinking of TV channels and setting up of teleports would be Rs 200,000 per channel/teleport per annum. Permission fee for downlinking of TV channels uplinked from India would be Rs.500,000 per channel per annum. Permission fee for
downlinking of TV channels uplinked from abroad would be Rs 1.5 million per channel per annum.
Trai had initially recommended that for general entertainment channels, the total net worth requirement should be Rs.250 million for
first channel, and enhanced by Rs100 million for each additional channel. But for news and current affairs channels, the total net
worth requirement should be Rs1 billion for first channel, and enhanced by Rs.250 million for each additional channel. The Trai
recommendations had come following a directive from I&B Minister Ambika Soni in October 2009 to examine whether there was need to put a
cap on the number of TV channels in the country.
There are separate Policy Guidelines for permission/regulation of private satellite TV channels in India. While regulation of foreign TV
channels uplinked from abroad and distributed in India for public viewing is governed by "Policy Guidelines for Downlinking of
Television channels" notified on 11 November 2005, private TV channels which are uplinked from India are governed by "Guidelines for
Uplinking from India" notified on 2 December 2005. Uplinking Guidelines also provide for permission and regulation of Teleports.
After these Guidelines were notified, there has been an exponential growth of television channels, especially during the last few years.
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