Tamil Nadu to nationalise cable TV

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's government today announced that private cable television will be 'nationalised' in the state, a move that is expected to hit the Maran family-run SCV that has a near monopoly in the state's cable business. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK) government has also decided to revive the nearly defunct state-run Arasu Cable Corp (ACC). The government, in its address to the new legislative assembly, said it intends to nationalise the cable TV network in the state. Cable TV services
will now be provided by the Arasu corporation, set up by DMK chief M Karunanidhi when he fell out with the Marans. The nationalisation will, however, not affect the last mile operator, the state government clarified. In an address to the newly constituted State Assembly aimed at spelling out the policies of the AIADMK government, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said in Chennai today that the Arasu Cable TV Corporation, which had been started by the Karunanidhi Government but later wound up, would be revived. The government will revive "its activities and nationalise the private cable TV activities in the state". Barnala said that the government had decided to 'nationalise' private cable TV services without affecting the business of last mile operators in the state. Arasu TV was started in July 2008 when M Karunanidhi family’s relationship with the Marans had soured, but became dormant after the patch-up between the families. Download Google Chrome A free browser that lets you do more
of what you like on the web This is Jayalalitha’s second attempt to nationalise the cable TV operations in the state. In January
2006, the AIADMK government had moved the Tamil Nadu Acquisition, Transfer and Taking Over of the Administration of Cable Television Network (including Multiple Service Optical Transport System) Bill, 2006. The target, then too, was seen to be SCV. But this Bill could not be approved as the Government fell. Barnala said there had been an “overwhelming demand” from the public for revival of Arasu Cable TV Corporation and government would do so “in public interest.” The nationalisation of cable TV business was one of the promises made by the AIADMK in the 13 April Assembly polls.

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Chennai: Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's government Friday announced that private cable television will be 'nationalised' in Tamil Nadu, a move that is expected to hit the Maran family-run company that has near monopoly in the state's cable business.The AIADMK government has also decided to revive the nearly defunct state-run Arasu Cable Corp (ACC). Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, in his customary address to the assembly, said the government had decided to 'nationalise' private cable TV services without affecting the business of last mile operators in the state. The move is expected to hit Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), which is a near monopoly in the state's cable business. The multi-system operator (MSO) is the cash cow of the Sun TV group, owned by the Maran family which owes allegiance to the AIADMK's archrival DMK. This is AIADMK's second attempt to nationalise the cable TV business after 2006. At that time too, the idea was to take over the business of MSOs, who feed satellite television signals to neighbourhood cable TV operators. The target, then too, was seen to be SCV. The government's attempts did not succeed as Governor Barnala returned the bill as the subject fell
under the purview of the union government. However, the DMK government in 2008 launched the ACC after the Maran brothers - Kalanithi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran, who is a DMK MP and union minister - fell foul of party president M. Karunanidhi's family. Kalanithi Maran, the grand nephew of Karunanidhi, is the promoter of Sun TV Network. A subsequent family patch-up resulted in the ACC becoming near defunct.


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There are many practical difficulties in implementing this. The DTH and Channel price are not controlled / fixed by the state government. These are under TRAI, which is under Central government. Just to take a revenge on her political rivals, she can organise a group against Sun Tv, but in Tamilnadu Sun is stronger than Two leaves at least in Cable TV.

But really cable TV operators are very much suffered by Sun TV group in last few years.
 
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