Regulators

MIB cancels licences of 4 STV Enterprise channels

Prior to this, it had also cancelled the licence of V6 ENT channel from VIL Media.

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/25/mib.jpg?itok=XP94o60K

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) recently cancelled the licences of STV Enterprises’ four channels Punjab Today, STV Haryana News, STV Jammu-Kashmir News and STV UP News (STV-Rajasthan) that were mentioned under the news category.

A while ago, it had also cancelled the licence of V6 ENT channel from VIL Media that was earlier called Nikit Investment Pvt Ltd and was mentioned under the news category.  

During the month of January 2019, cancellation of licences to two MSOs Digi Cable Network and SCOD 18 Networking was upheld by the Supreme Court on security grounds. Before moving the apex court, the petitioners had approached the Bombay High Court where their pleas challenging the cancellation order by the MIB were dismissed.

Earlier, the licences issued to these cable TV service providers were cancelled by the MIB on the ground that the Ministry of Home Affairs denied issuance of "security clearance" to them.  The apex court bench comprising Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Indu Malhotra security agreed that security clearance is a mandatory requirement as per Cable Television Network (Amendment) Rules.

Up until August 2018, MIB was strict in giving channel licences, even cancelling some. 14 channels, whose licences were cancelled by the MIB due to security denial by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), challenged the decision and had got a stay order from the High Court.

Out of these fourteen channels, twelve channels were news channels and two were non-news channels. Mahua Media Private Ltd, Mavis Satcom Ltd, STV Enterprises Ltd and Alliance Broadcasting Private Ltd were the concerned parties.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/26/bhc.jpg?itok=_-plK5UG
Bombay HC asks TRAI to take instructions on deferment of NTO 2.0

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to take instructions on deferment of (new tariff order) NTO 2.0 as they did for the 2017 regime before the Madras High Court. According to sources close to the development, the regulatory body has been asked to...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/26/Shaji%20Mathews.jpg?itok=JBo5tFzn
NTO 2.0 will not have much impact at consumer level: Shaji Mathews

Even as stakeholders have moved courts against Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) amendment of the New Tariff Order (NTO), analyst and consultant Shaji Mathews feels that it will not have any significant effect on the existing system.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/25/broadband.jpg?itok=LVie0DTb
TRAI telecom data shows rise in broadband subscribers in Dec 2019

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the telecom subscription data as on December 2019. As per the reports received from 341 operators in the month of December, 2019, the number of broadband subscribers increased from 661.27 million at the end of November 2019 to 661.94...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/25/bombayhighcourt.jpg?itok=l_QEtDTv
Bombay HC to hear petitions against TRAI order

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court will hear on 26 February a petition filed by the Digital Cable Operators Association of Mumbai (DCOAM) and Maharashtra Cable Operations Foundation (MCOF), challenging the 'arbitrary' rules introduced by the TRAI. They challenged before the High Court the network...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/14/trai.jpg?itok=xNXxtKnA
TRAI directs broadcasters, DPOs to publish updated NTO 2.0 prices

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) to take necessary steps to ensure a smooth rollout of the amended new tariff order from 1 March.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/12/bhx.jpg?itok=N4iYeM7k
NTO 2.0: Bombay High Court adjourns case to 26 Feb

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has adjourned the ongoing case between the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and broadcasters on the new tariff order (NTO) to 26 February. During the last hearing , no interim relief had been granted. Last time, the advocate for TRAI made a statement at the...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/08/pra.jpg?itok=-sCCFJ19
No plan to levy 10% licence fee on b’casters, cable ops: I&B Min

MUMBAI: The Minister Of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has made it clear in a parliamentary response that the ministry does not intend to add any sort of 10 per cent licence fee on broadcasters and cable operators in India. His response came for a question that asked if the minister...

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/04/mib.jpg?itok=xo6CjjVh
Budget 2020: I&B Ministry allocation raised by over Rs 310 crore this fiscal

MUMBAI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her second budget announced Rs 4375.21 crore for the Ministry Of Information And Broadcasting (MIB) for the financial year 2020-21, Press Trust of India report said. The revised budget estimate for the last fiscal was Rs 4064.76 crore. The...

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/02/01/MIB_800.jpg?itok=d9Ye3tYc
I&B Ministry grants registration to 15 MSOs in Jan 2020

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has published a document listing all the registered multi system operators (MSO) in the country. As per the document, there are 1630 registered MSOs in India as on 31 January 2020. Fifteen MSOs were granted registration in the month of...

Regulators I&B Ministry

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required