Foreign channels can uplink non-news programmes

NEW DELHI: In what may turn out to be a boon for general entertainment channels like Star Plus, Sony and others with foreign holding, the government has said that a company with 100 per cent foreign equity is eligible to seek uplink permission for a non-news and current affairs channel.

In the case of news channels, uplink permission is given for companies having a maximum of 26 per cent foreign investment.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) today, information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy said 68 TV channels, belonging to 17 Indian companies having foreign equity, have been granted uplinking permission thus far.

These channels are permitted uplinking from India after fulfillment of eligibility criteria, security clearance through the ministry of home affairs and compliance with various terms and conditions prescribed under the guidelines, the minister said.

The channels are also required to keep a record of materials uplinked, for a period of 90 days and provide the necessary facility for monitoring of programmes.

This could mean that entertainment channels that are hard pressed to send across tapes of serials and other entertainment programmes arriving late to its broadcast centres outside India, can uplink them from here instead

of flying them in physically.

Star India and Sony Entertainment TV India have in the past sought similar uplink permission.

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