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Focus Group to launch Kannada news channel

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MUMBAI: Focus Group is now focusing on south India with its upcoming news channel Focus TV Kannada News.

According to the sources, the channel will launch by the end of this year which will have 24x7 news programming.

The channel will be available on all major cable and DTH operators. It will be a FTA (free-to-air) channel. The format of the channel will be MPEG4/DVBS2. The frequency rate is 4054 Hz. The testing for transmission service has started on INSAT4A satellite at 83 degrees east. The news channel will get the satellite transponder downlink signal from eight feet to 16 feet C-band dish antenna.

Focus NE (formerly called NE TV) was the first 24-hour satellite channel of North-East India, which covered the eight states of the region. It was also the first earth station and teleport of the northeast.

The group formerly had Focus News, Focus Haryana, Focus Bangla, Focus Odisha, Focus NE, Focus Hi-Fi under its umbrella. Some of the regional channels like Focus Haryana, Focus NE and Focus Hi-Fi were shut down a couple of years back.

Neeraj Sanan was first roped in as the group CEO in 2014 and quit in 2015. After that its managing editor Shailesh Kumar who joined in the same year, quit around the same time as Sanan.

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