Regulators

TDSAT adjourns DTH licence fee case to 22 May

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/regulators-images/2014/05/06/39_0.jpg?itok=cyLZ1krZ

NEW DELHI: The petition by private direct-to-home (DTH) operators challenging the notice of the government for clearing arrears of licence fees was adjourned by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to 22 May.

 



The DTH operators were given time by chairman Aftab Alam and Kuldeep Singh to file their rejoinders following the reply by the government.

TDSAT also noted that the earlier assurance by the government that it will not pressurise the operators in this regard till the case is taken up for hearing will continue.



  

Even as the petitioners have alleged that the demand by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is contempt of court as the matter in this regard is pending in the Supreme Court, I&B secretary Bimal Julka had earlier told indiantelevision.com that the apex court had not issued any stay order.



 

However, conscious that the TDSAT or the Supreme Court may be moved in the matter, a caveat had been filed by the Ministry in this regard.



 

The Ministry had recently sent a notice to the six private DTH operators with regard to licence fee dues amounting to Rs 2,066 crore. The private operators are Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Big TV, Sun Direct and Videocon d2h.



According to the notice, the six private operators had been asked to pay the amount within 15 days.



 

However, most of the operators contacted said they had cleared the dues of licence fee.



 

The operators say the licence fee as demanded under the rules is on gross revenue (GR) whereas they have been asked to pay the fee on the basis of Actual Gross Revenue (AGR). The operators have said the fee should be only on subscription revenue and not on allied earnings such as dividend and interest income. 

Meanwhile, Tata Sky late last month made a payment of Rs 383 crore to the Ministry to cover its license fee and other dues. A demand draft of the amount was submitted to the Ministry. Even as other operators had said that they would prefer to wait till the next hearing.

 

This amount covers license fee for the year 2013-14 according to the rate specified for license as well as past dues, for which the Ministry had raised a demand note recently.

TataSky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal had earlier said in a statement: “We hope that this will end the long standing dispute on the subject and pave the way forward for a constructive rationalisation of taxes with the support of our parent Ministry.” 

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/18/MIB.jpg?itok=LYgSKoKv
MIB to meet broadcasters over pending uplinking, downlinking issues on 30 April

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB) will hold a meeting to discuss issues related to uplinking and downlinking of satellite channels on 30 April in New Delhi.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/17/trai.jpg?itok=xnY2tdf-
TRAI directs 6 DPOs, flouting new tariff order rules, to comply within 5 days

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday directed six distribution platform operators (DPOs) to comply with all provisions of its new tariff order for the broadcast and cable services sectors within five days.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/11/TRAI-Story.jpg?itok=Vbkx81oF
Tata Sky vs TRAI: Delhi HC lists matter for 25 April

The Delhi High Court has adjourned the petition of top DTH operators Tata Sky, Discovery India Communication, Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct challenging Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and its new tariff regime to 25 April.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/11/tv.jpg?itok=trnwD0T8
New TRAI tariff order to impact ad revenue, subscription growth

The new TRAI tariff order by the industry regulator may affect not only the advertising revenue of Indian media companies but also subscription growth. Financial services company Nomura has predicted that near term impact remains tough due to the new regime.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/11/sharma.jpg?itok=L45mtgab
Exclusive: TRAI's RS Sharma on new tariff order, tussle with BARC & potential monopoly in the sector

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and its chairman RS Sharma have hit the headlines rather frequently in the first quarter of 2019. After much resistance and a series of legal battles, some of which are ongoing, TRAI was triumphant in rolling out a new tariff regime for India's broadcast...

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/10/trai.jpg?itok=Fuok8Sqc
TRAI starts consultation on entry-level net worth requirement for MSOs in cable TV services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Tuesday issued a consultation paper on 'Entry level Net-worth requirement of multi system operators (MSOs) in cable TV services. The Rule 11(3) of Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 deals with the financial strength of the applicant for grant of...

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/05/imnbminis.jpg?itok=JvIOF2sF
Russian delegation visits I&B ministry to discuss cooperation in the sphere of media

A Russian Delegation led by the Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, H.E Alexey Volin, including the Ambassador of Russian Federation to India, H.E. Nikolay Kudashev and other delegates met Ministry of I&B secretary Amit Khare on Friday.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/04/trai_0.jpg?itok=MNNhORxG
Tata Sky vs TRAI: Discovery concludes arguments, Delhi High Court lists matter for 11 April

The Delhi High Court has adjourned the petition of top DTH operators Tata Sky, Discovery India Communication, Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct challenging Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and its new tariff regime to 11 April.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/04/trai.jpg?itok=etj3ftmd
In TRAI-BARC India stand-off, flashes of regulatory overreach

One of the most intriguing side acts during the implementation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) new tariff order has been the sector regulator's face-off with TV audience measurement firm BARC. The latest flashpoint in this impasse involved TRAI issuing a show-cause notice to...

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories