Top Story


Home >> Media - TV >> Article

Sun TV could go off air with Home Ministry refusing security clearance

Font Size   16
Sun TV could go off air with Home Ministry refusing security clearance

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has denied the security clearance to 33 TV channels of Sun TV Network. This decision could mean the cancellation of the broadcasting license of the network and could see all the channels go off air. The MHA has communicated this to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) on Friday according to media reports.

It had applied for a 10-year renewal of the security clearances for all the 33 channels last year. The union Home Ministry has cited the reason of two criminal investigations pending against Sun TV and Kalanithi Maran and his brother former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran. They are facing a CBI probe over the alleged allotment of 300 high-speed BSNL telephone lines to Dayanidhi Maran’s residence who was the former Communication & Information Technology Minister in Chennai and was extended to the brother’s network. There is also the CBI’s Aircel-Maxis case.

The network which is one of the largest media groups in the country which reached 95 million households could go off air unless the court intervenes or if the Prime Minister decides to overrule the Home Ministry’s decision. The network can be expected to challenge the decision in the court where it can find relief if a stay order is passed. Last year too it had found relief from court as the government had denied clearance to the group’s cable TV business.   
The MHA had earlier denied the security clearance to around 40 radio channels of Sun Network. This decision did not change even after I&B Minister Arun Jaitley wrote to the Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking to review the decision, as he declined. 

Kranti Gada joined the family business at Shemaroo in 2006 after a successful stint of over two years in marketing at Pepsi Co. She has been associated with the company for 12 years.

Exchange4media interacted with Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head (Fashion) , IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd on seamless brands integrations planned for Lakme Fashion Week, walking tall despite blazing trails like GST, demonetization and being a part of the larger cultural space

Their strategy to educate the consumers to make well informed decisions at all stages has worked out well.

Bobby Pawar, MD, CCO - South Asia, Publicis India, talks about his idea of chilling out

WhatClicks promises to be an unbiased, objective, third-party audit firm that will work with advertisers and agencies alike to help build an effective and integrated digital strategy.

V-Guard Industries, a household name for consumer electrical appliances in India, has revamped its logo in order to reflect the strength gained by the brand over the years. The company has also unveil...

The report reveals that there has been nearly 5 times more growth in video consumption in the last 12 months, with 96 percent of all usage being focused on long form video