Hi-Dost!, Mango and ANB News among 9 to get name change approvals from MIB

New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has approved the name change application of 9 channels in the last 2 months. The ministry has approved the name change approvals of Hi-Dost!, Mango, ANB News, News 11 Bharat, Naaptol, Bangla Naaptol, Malayalam Naaptol, Kannada Naaptol, and Tamil Naaptol.

S No.Channel NameCompanyCategoryUplinking & Downlinking/Uplinking Only/Downlinking OnlyLanguageDate of Permission
1Naaptol (earlier NT1)Cinema 24×7 Pvt. LtdNON-NEWSUPLINKING & DOWNLINKINGHindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages25/08/2017
2Tamil Naaptol (earlier NT2) Cinema 24×7 Pvt. Ltd NON-NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING Hindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages 25/08/2017
3Malayalam Naaptol (earlier NT3) Cinema 24×7 Pvt. Ltd NON-NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING Hindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages 25/08/2017
4Kannada Naaptol (earlier NT4) Cinema 24×7 Pvt. Ltd NON-NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING Hindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages 25/08/2017
5Bangla Naaptol (earlier NT5) Cinema 24×7 Pvt. Ltd NON-NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING Hindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages 25/08/2017
6News11 Bharat (Earlier News30, News Guru)MEDIA GURU NEWS PVT. LTD.NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING Hindi, English and all scheduled Indian Languages 12/10/2011
7Mango (Earlier Satkar)Cobol Communications Pvt. Ltd.NON-NEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING English and All Indian Languages26/02/2014
8ANB News (Earlier PRATINIDHI/4 REAL NEWS /DEV BHUMI )OMEGA BROADCAST PVT LTDNEWS UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING HINDI, ENGLISH AND ALL OTHER INDIAN SCHEDULE LANGUAGE 16/06/2011
9Hi-Dost! (earlier BONG)MEDIA WORLDWIDE LIMITEDNON-NEWSUPLINKING & DOWNLINKINGBengali, Hindi, English, and Multi-lingual10/04/2019

Many of these channels have already been renamed and are operational. Hi-Dost! hasn’t started its operations yet. The license is owned by Media WorldWide Limited which was initially granted the license on 10 April 2019 in the name of Bong. Mango was earlier known as Satkar TV which is reported to have been a Telugu devotional TV.

News11 Bharat was recently renamed with Tata Sky updating its EPG recently along with Naaptol channels EPG. The channel has also been renamed on C-Band as reported on our forums. Naaptol channels have also undergone renaming recently.

NT1 has rebranded as Naaptol Hindi, NT2 as Tamil Naaptol, NT3 as Malayalam Naaptol, NT4 as Kannada Naaptol and NT5 as Bangla Naaptol. Apart from these NT8 has also rebranded itself to Cinema TV India and NT9 to Telugu Naaptol. Cinema TV India and Telugu Naaptol, however, was yet to receive the name change approval when Cinema 24*7’s other name change approvals were granted.

The ministry’s Satellite TV channel database has been down from almost 2 months due to which recent changes to the licensed TV channels database could not be reported. While the database is yet to go back live, DreamDTH has from sources learned that ministry has granted 9 name change approvals recently. There is no information however as to whether any new license had been granted or cancelled at the time of going to press in the last two months. DreamDTH had earlier on 04 July reported that MIB had approved around 21 name permit applications which included ABP News HD, Sony Marathi HD, and MTunes+ among the major changes.

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First I thought they saying to all as “Hi Dost” 😂😂