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MIB restricts eligibility for temporary uplinking for non-news events

Only permitted broadcasters and teleport owners will be able to apply.

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MUMBAI: In a fresh notice, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has laid out a new norm for temporary uplinking applications for live coverage of non-news and current affairs TV channels. Now, only those channels and teleport operators that are already permitted by the MIB will be eligible to apply for temporary permits. This notification comes into effect immediately.

It reiterated that no other entity apart from permitted broadcasters and teleport owners will be given permissions for uplinking in the case of temporary live events.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had suggested its recommendations to ease norms for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels. The MIB later stated that these suggestions were under consideration but did not give any time frame for making them into regulations. These norms last came into effect in 2011.

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