The number of new applications for TV license permission has hit a 15 month low in Quarter 1, April – June (2020-21) according to the statistics provided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB). The Ministry revealed the statistics in its quarterly performance report titled ‘TVI Pendency More than Month’.
According to the I&B Ministry, it has only received 6 new applications for TV license permission between April-June 2020, the lowest since April 2019. Ever since April 2019, MIB has received new applications in two digits every single quarter except Q1 FY 21. The Ministry received 47 applications in Q1 FY 20, 16 applications in Q2 FY 20, 26 applications each in Q3 FY 20 and Q4 FY 20.
The Ministry further stated that it was sitting upon on 16 TV licenses which were pending for over a month at the end of June 2020, down from 68 TV licenses pending at the end of March 2020. In Q1 FY 20, it had 95 licenses pending, 23 licenses pending in Q2 FY 20, and 45 licenses pending in Q3 FY 20.
The number of applications pending with other Ministry at the end of June, 2020 stood at 40 licenses, down from 55 TV licenses at March 2020 end. In Q1 FY 20, there were 48 licenses pending, in Q2 FY 20 there were 58 licenses pending, and in Q3 FY 20 there were 64 licenses pending.