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I&B Clears 75 more TV Channels

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The Information and Broadcasting ministry has cleared 75 new channels including a few from Star India, Zee Entertainment, Discovery and UTV Entertainment. Some of the channels cleared are in High Definition.

Star India had sought approval to start Star Bengali, a general entertainment channel (GEC). The broadcaster has another Bengali GEC, Star Jalsha.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, owned by Discovery Communications has been given clearances for six channels, including Discovery Kids, Home and Health, 3D Net, Military and ID (Investigation Discovery).

UTV Entertainment, which has channels like World Movies, Action and Bindass, has got clearance for a bouquet of four channels, including a music channel, 24x7 comedy channel, regional channel (UTV Anna) and UTV Raaz.

Similarly, Zee Entertainment Enterprises will look at a host of 24x7 movie channels for different markets, including Zee Kannada, Zee Bangla and Zee Cinema in high definition. The channel will introduce a 24x7 home shopping channel, too.

ESPN Software India Pvt. Ltd will start Star Cricket in high-definition. Fox Channels (India) Pvt. Ltd will have two channels, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Wild, in the high definition format.