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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) cancelled licenses of 15 channels

The I&B ministry has cancelled licence of 15 channels and suspended the license of 7 others for 30 days as they fail to abide by with licensing conditions.

Jun 28, 2013 15:55 IST
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The I&B ministry in Month of June 2013 has cancelled the licence of 15 channels and suspended the license of seven others for 30 days as they  fail to abide by with licensing conditions.

Most of channel whose license are cancelled are regional. The ministry has also issued notices to 38 channels for making changes in their board of directors and shareholding patterns without government permission.

The move to cancelled license of Channels came in the light of West Bengal-based Saradha group companies which acquired TV channels without prior information of the I&B ministry and had violated the uplinking and downlinking guidelines.

It is important here to note that there are 877 general entertainment and news channels that have been given permission to operate by the ministry in last few years.

After the Saradha group scam, the government had issued notices to the 368 companies running these channels to provide information on their ownership and management control and if there were any changes in that.

About 22 channels have not replied to notices of which 15 are not operational. The ministry has decided to cancel their licenses while suspending the license of 7 channels that are operational but have chosen to ignore the government's communication.

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