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Terror strike: News channels asked to delay live telecast

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MUMBAI: The news channels, which were boasting of fast and latest footage of terror attacks in Mumbai, were finally asked to discontinue live reportage, following the fear of security threat.

Agreeing to the request of the securities agencies, the channels agreed to delay live telecast. Reportedly, the agencies had asked news channels to stop their live coverage of the terrorist activities and rescue operations fearing that the terrorists may get information about their movements.

The news channels, which were on wild run since late night of 26 November, immediately accepted to the request of the agencies.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra government had issued notification to the cable operators on Thursday night, prohibiting transmission of news channels. "We received notification from the state government," says a cable operator. "We were asked to shut off news channels, and we had to blackout news channels for a brief period."

A senior executive of a leading news channel confirmed of the development. "There was disruption in the signals in morning as cable operators blacked us out. The issue was resolved in minutes and we are back." 

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