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Govt withdraws permission to only 2 channels in 3 years

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NEW DELHI: While the government has withdrawn permission to two companies for one television channel each in the last three years, a total of 53 newspapers have been de-registered in the same period up to 31 August this year.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry said that de-registration was resorted to mainly because of the newspapers ceasing publication.

There were a total of 84,277 registered print publications as on 15 August, and the number of television channels which have been given uplinking/downlinking permission numbers 780 including 35 channels of Doordarshan.

A total of 87 teleports have been permitted as on 18 August 2011.

According to Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources, the TV channels include 401 news and current affairs channels. All DD channels have been designated in this category.

At present, the foreign equity holding including FDI/FII/NRI investments should not exceed 26 per cent of the paid-up equity of the applicant company seeking permission for a news and current affairs channel.

Meanwhile, the Ministry announced in Parliament last month that it wanted to increase the present rates of permission/registration of uplinking and downlinking.

The Ministry is also in the process of seeking approval of the Cabinet for certain amendments in the uplinking and downlinking guidelines.

The fee at present is according to the extant policy guidelines, and there has been no increase, despite recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which were rejected in part by the Ministry in February this year.

The proposed amendments include certain enhancements on the present networth requirements for teleports.
Source: indiantelevision
 
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