The Information and Broadcasting Ministry recently announced the issuing of three new licenses to channels. Licences are issued to three new channels including non-news channel Peace of Mind by God Media, Patrika TV Rajasthan by Rajasthan Patrika and ABP Sanjha, a Punjabi news channel by Media Content and Communication Services.
These three new licenses are the first since the government announced plans to push the process for expediting the licences of TV channels. For this the ministry has been now been holding open house meetings twice in a month. As per the status of permitted private satellite TV channels in India released by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry the total channels will be 798. This includes 397 news and current affairs channel and 401 non-news and current affairs channels (GECs). The tally however has increased for news channels 393 to 397 but has decreased for GEC channels from 402 to 401.
The TV channels permitted for uplink from and also to downlink into India include 671 channels out of which 375 are news channels and 296 GECs. While TV channels permitted for uplink from India but not permitted to downlink are 34, out of which 28 are GECs and 6 news channels. TV channels permitted to only downlink into India because they are uplinked from abroad are 93, this includes 77 GECs and 16 news channels.
There are still a large number of licences that remain pending which include Epic TV, whose license has been pending since almost a year. Many applications remain pending at various stages.
This information can be found on the Ministry’s website.