The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued licenses to fourteen new channels. Out of these, seven channels are from news genre and seven are from non- news genre.
Five channels are from the Viacom 18 Group--- Power Play, Uplex, Nationcast, NXT and ZAP. All of these channels come under the category of Non News genre. TV 18 has got six news channels in their bouquet with focus on regional this year. All the channels are based out of different states in the country. The channels are News 18 Goa, News 18 Tamilnadu, News 18 Kerala, News 18 Assam/ North East, News 18 Punjab and News 18 Jammu and Kashmir.
The other two channels are ETV HD in Telugu from Eenadu Group in the News Genre and Dhammal Gujjuu SAB Global Entertainment Media in the Non News Genre.
As per the status of permitted private satellite TV channels in India released by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, there are currently 885 channels. This includes 401 news and current affairs channel and 484 non-news and current affairs channels (GECs). It can also be highlighted that permission granted to private TV satellite channels so far are 1023 and out of them 138 permissions have been cancelled.