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Star News responds to queries; uplink extension decision awaited

NEW DELHI: Star News today whipped up a voluminous reply to the Indian government's show cause notices, as they are now being dubbed, on various aspects of Media Content & Communication Services India Pvt. Ltd., the company that has applied for uplinking news content for the news channel.

The government would take a stand based on the replies tomorrow, officials say.

Refusing to divulge any details of the replies from Star-MCCS, all that a government official said today was that the clarifications have come and they are detailed and "big".

"We are studying the replies and would take a decision by tomorrow," the official added. MCCS' weekly extension for uplinking from India expires tomorrow midnight, it has been pointed out.

The government feels that MCCS has not stuck to the 'spirit' of the rules and regulations that states foreign holding in a news company desirous of uplinking from India can be a maximum 26 per cent.

On MCCS's part, it feels that its shareholding pattern etc. is very much within the purview of the existing rules and regulations and if the government changes the rules some time in the future, it would adhere to those regulations too.

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