Uplinking permission to Malayalam channel Jeevan TV withdrawn

Uplinking permission to Malayalam channel Jeevan TV withdrawn

NEW DELHI: Malayalam channel Jeevan TV, which has been telecasting since July 2002 has been refused permission with effect from 11 September to continue uplinking in India as it is carrying news and current affairs programmes.

Promoted by the Catholic Church of Kerala, the channel had failed to get clearance from the Home Ministry for telecast news and current affairs.





The channel had initially applied for uplinking permission in 2002 under the guidelines prevalent at the time. However, the government had in November 2005 promulgated separate guidelines for news and current affairs channels and Jeevan Telecasting Corporation Ltd had been asked to apply for fresh permission as it was also carrying news & current affairs.

The channel had made a fresh application to conform to the revised guidelines, but failed to get security clearance.

The information and broadcasting Ministry has therefore directed that no DTH service provider and cable operator will carry this channel on their DTH/Cable network.


When the government promulgated separate uplinking guidelines for news and current affairs, all existing channels carrying news and current affairs in their programme content were asked to conform to these guidelines.

When it first got permission to uplink, Jeevan TV had become the fifth Malayalam news channel in the country. The others were the regional Doordarshan Kendra, apart from Asianet, Surya and Kairali.


The channel was formally launched on 14 July 2002 and was being run from a studio and uplinking centre located in Kerala‘s commercial capital, Kochi. Jeevan had then claimed it would offer programmes that entertain while stressing the importance of moral values. News and education shows dominated the channel‘s programming.

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