The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has last month given the nod to one satellite TV license while simultaneously cancelling the satellite TV license of another existing channel. The Ministry gave its nod to ‘ARGUS’ while cancelling the permission of ‘WOW CINEMA’.
The Ministry’s nod for ‘ARGUS’ came on 15th October which will be operating on GSAT 30 through PlanetCast Media’s teleport service. The channel will be broadcasting in Oriya language with the TV license held by New Delhi based US Broadcast India Private Limited.
|Channel Name||Company||Category||Language||Date of Permission|
|ARGUS||US Broadcast India||NEWS||Oriya||15-10-2020|
The channel is likely to be Odia News channel which is currently operating as a 24*7 Web News channel. The channel has been granted TV license under the ‘NEWS’ category.
The Ministry has separately cancelled the TV license of City Network Broadcast Convergence Private Limited which held the TV license for ‘WOW CINEMA’. The TV license has been discarded on 29th October with the reason for cancellation marked as ‘Not Required’.
|Channel Name||Company||Category||Date of Date of Cancellation of Permission|
|WOW CINEMA (Earlier TV PUNJABI)||CITY NETWORK BROADCAST CONVERGENCE PVT LTD||NON-NEWS||29/10/2020|
Odisha Television has also got the nod to switch satellite from GSAT-30 to GSAT-10 (C-Band) along with change of teleport from Ortel Communications to Odisha Television Limited.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Ministry has made more changes to its permitted private satellite TV channels database. The database remains out of date with many renaming approvals granted in past months yet to reflect in its database.