MIB cancels 5 Viacom18 licenses among 9 license cancellations

The Ministry of Broadcasting and Information (MIB) has cancelled the license of 9 Television channels in March among which 5 of them belong to pay broadcaster Viacom18.

The Ministry has cancelled 5 licenses of Viacom18 namely Hawa Mahal, IMIX, Story City, My Tube, and Treble. All 5 licenses were cancelled yesterday along with the cancellation of 4 other licenses. Viacom18 was granted these licenses in March 2019 which remain unused to date.

Channel NameCompanyDate of Cancellation of Permission
TREBLE VIACOM 18 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
HAWA MAHAL VIACOM 18 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
Housefull Action (earlier 9X BAJAO (Earlier 9X BAJAAO & 9X BANGLA) 9X MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
IMIX VIACOM 18 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
MY TUBE VIACOM 18 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
NEO PRIME (earlier NEO CRICKET ) NEO SPORTS BROADCAST PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020
NEO SPORTS NEO SPORTS BROADCAST PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020

Power of God TV (Earlier known as Page 3) Page 3 Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. 03/03/2020
STORY CITY VIACOM 18 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED 03/03/2020

The license of Neo Sports and Neo Prime has also been canceled. Both channels have been inoperational over quite a long time period. The Ministry has also cancelled the license of Housefull Action and Power of God TV.

All 9 licenses have been cancelled with the reason for the same given as ‘Not required’. The cancellation of these 9 licenses leaves the number of cancelled TV channels as on 28 February 2020 at 297 according to the database of the Ministry. The number of permitted satellite TV channels as on 28 February 2020 stands at 925.

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