Television

Tamil Nadu government move 'politically motivated'

NEW DELHI: Multi-system operators (MSOs) Sumangali Cable Vision, part of Sun TV Network Pvt Ltd, and Hathway, target of state government ire, feel that the proposed takeover move is politically motivated that will not stand the legal test.

“It’s a false alarm. The governor and the state assembly are unlikely to back the chief minister’s move,” a source close to Sun TV, promoted by the Maran family, told Indiantelevision.com today.

The source added that film actress-turned-politician chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha, is trying to settle political issues by “encroaching on matters that are prerogative of the central government.”

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday introduced legislation in the state assembly that gives it powers to acquire and take over bigger cable TV networks in the state, including multi-service operators (MSOs) and optical transport systems.

However, cable networks in India are guided by the Cable TV (Network) Regulation Act of 1995.

Sumangali Cable is promoted by the Maran family where Kalanithi looks after the media business, while brother, Dayanidhi, is the telecommunication minister in the Union Cabinet. Hathway, 26 per cent owned by Star, is controlled by the Mumbai-based Rajan Raheja group.

The bill, which political observers feel is an attempt to settle political scores, states, "This Act on the appointed date, will apply to the activities of Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV) having its offices... and Hathway..."

This is, however, not the first time that the Jayalalitha government has tried to gag broadcasting business in the state, dominated by Sun. In the early part of the decade, she had attempted a similar legislation that had failed to find support from other political parties.

The source, whose is considered close to the promoter Maran family, indicated that because an uplink application of Jaya TV (backed by associates of Jayalalitha) seeking to start a news channel is pending with the communication ministry, the chief minister is “applying unnecessary pressure.”

Jayalalitha’s AIADMK and the DMK party, whose nominee Dayanidhi is in India’s federal Cabinet, have a history of face-offs with each trying to score political points when in power in Tamil Nadu. Saturday’s proposed legislation is another move in the chess game.

Among the reasons cited by the Jayalalitha government for taking over big cable networks, after paying compensation to the companies concerned, is that it has received "numerous" complaints on the failure of the networks in providing proper facilities and collection of "prohibitive" charges for the packages of pay channels, "disrupting proper telecast of certain channels" and "selective blurring of certain channels."

The legislation, which has to get the governor’s assent too, alludes to "coercion often being resorted to by distributors and operators (of TV channels)."

Clarifying the position of the telecommunications ministry on Jaya TV’s application for uplink, a ministry official said that the proposal is being examined by the law ministry on a request from information and broadcasting ministry, the nodal agency for media-related issues.

Hathway, however, has preferred to officially keep mum, though taking legal recourse by the affected MSOs are a possibility.

Also Read

TN introduces bill to acquire Sumangali, Hathway in state

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/22/kannda.jpg?itok=eTeV8wJt
Judges take the stage in Zee Kannada’s Drama Juniors - Season 2

Bengaluru, 22 November 2017: This weekend is going to extra special for Zee Kannada viewers! For the first time ever, the judges panel including Mukhyamantri Chandru, Actress Lakshmi and Actor Vijay Raghavendra and show host Master Anand are all set to perform along with the little stars of Drama...

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/22/amrita.jpg?itok=fkIIzK8W
The Walt Disney South Asia promotes Amrita Pandey to lead media distribution & OTT

The Walt Disney Company South Asia has elevated Amrita Pandey and appointed to the newly created role of regional head – media distribution and OTT, South Asia.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/22/Epic_Channel.jpg?itok=cxozdoeN
GUEST COLUMN: From Juggle To Juggernaut: Localising content for India

There is an unassailable advantage in being the first to do something - there is so much to do that one is spoilt for choices. Opportunities lie aplenty and the emotional response is that of a kid at a candy store. All of us, in the local factual entertainment space, are that kid staring at a...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/22/genres800.jpg?itok=O7zmL3ru
Colors Infinity, Comedy Central gain highest OTS in genres: Chrome DM

MUMBAI: With growth of 2.22 per cent, the English GEC genre marked the highest opportunity to see (OTS) among all categories in week 46 of Chrome Data Analytics & Media. In this category, Colors Infinity gained the highest OTS with 47.7 per cent and Comedy Central was the second most benefitted...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/21/discovery.jpg?itok=1Yn6OGCG
Discovery uncovers true stories of reality-based movies

Discovery Channel is launching a new series Real story of… which will premiere on 26 November and will air every Sunday at 10 pm. The series uncovers true stories behind some of the Oscar-nominated movies of recent years to separate fact from fiction.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/21/trolls_0.jpg?itok=1LRXaRxI
Star Movies brings Trolls to Indian Television Screens for the first time ever!

Staying true to the promise of being the destination for Hollywood Blockbusters, Star Movies brings to the Indian Television audiences, a fan favourite film Trolls. Directed byMike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, Trolls stars the likes of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Kunal Nayyar...

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/21/KVL_Narayan_Rao.jpg?itok=prpf8_-w
Obit: In memory of KVL Narayan Rao

NDTV CEO KVL Narayan Rao had been battling cancer grittily for at least a couple of years. And, at times, it looked like he was on the verge of conquering it, of getting the life-threatening ailment out of his system. But this morning his body, which had been ravaged and weakened by various...

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/21/rep.jpg?itok=7fR5acpM
The rise and fall of English news’ TV viewership

NEW DELHI: Tongues have been wagging in the industry that the English news genre viewership levels and ratings have not only been yo-yoing but also declining. From a high of an average weekly viewership of 3788 (‘000) impressions in the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) data from week 27-...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/20/ira.jpg?itok=S8B6YYvd
PIB’s Ira Joshi new DG of Doordarshan News

Doordarshan News has appointed senior Indian Information Service officer Ira Joshi as director general (DG).

Television TV Channels Terrestrial

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories