Star News gets another two-week extension

NEW DELHI: The Indian government today gave another 14-days extension to Star News for uplinking purpose from the country after the file was cleared by information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today evening.

According to government sources, the temporary extension for uplinking, fifth in a row, has been given in the light of the fact that an inter-ministerial group is studying the Star News proposal and various other antecedents.

"Pending the examination, one cannot switch off an existing channel," a government source said, adding Star News is also protected by a Mumbai high court ruling, which states that Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. cannot discontinue uplinking content for the news channel from India without coming back to the court with valid reasons.

In the meanwhile, the inter-ministerial group is slated to meet on Saturday again to discuss the Star News case.

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