MIB issued licence to ZMCL; Leader, Turner and Zee ME among five cancelled last month, nine allowed as per court orders

MUMBAI: In all, the number of private satellite TV channels having valid permission in India as of 30 September, 2017, are 877. Of these, the number of permitted news and current affairs channels is 388, according to data provided by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB).

In fact, the total number of permissions granted to private satellite TV channels so far is 1098, of which 221 permissions have been cancelled so far.

Last month, MIB issued one and cancelled five licences. The solitary permission granted was to Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL), to launch Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand.

The channels licences of which were revoked are -- Leader Television and Entertainment’s Leader TV, L And C Media’s SS Entertainment, Turner International India’s TCM Turner Classic Movies, Vyjayanthi Televentures’ Mayabazar and Zee Cinema Middle East.

Of the 877 channels, nine have been cancelled by the MIB but are running following orders from the courts of law. These are --

1. Punjab Today

2. STV    Jammu-Kashmir News

(Earlier STV - Marathi News)

3. STV Haryana News

4. STV    UP    News (STV-Rajasthan)

(Earlier STV    Bihar-Jharkhand News)

5. Mahuaa Media Private News

Uplinking    03-03-2016*

6. Mahuaa News

Mahuaa Media Private Limited


Uplinking    03-03-2016*

7. First    India    (earlier, Mahuaa Khobor)

Mahuaa Media Private Limited


Uplinking    03-03-2016*

8. Mahua  Music  (Mahuaa  News  Line)

(Uttar Pradesh /Uttrakhand)

[earlier Mahuaa Bangla]    

Mahua Media Private Limited


Uplinking    03-03-2016*

9. Mahuaa Movies

Mahuaa Media Private Limited


Uplinking    03-03-2016*

The total number of TV channels permitted for uplinking from India, and downlinking into India is 778, of which 368 are new channels, and the remainder is the number of non-news channels.

The number of TV channels permitted for uplinking from India but not permitted to downlink in India is 16, of which five are news channels. And, the number of TV channels permitted to only downlink into India (uplinked from aboard) is 83, of which 15 are news channels.

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