Following fresh nod for uplinking by the I & B Ministry, Total TV, the first Delhi and NCR centric news channel is finally set for launch early next week.
Promoted by Journalist turned entrepreneur Vinod Mehta, Editor and Publisher of Haryana's leading Hindi evening daily 'Samar Ghosh' from Sirsa and headed by Sailesh, former Programming Head of Zee TV’s Siticable, Total TV was originally scheduled for launch in December 2004.
The channel’s launch was however delayed for about two months due to non-renewal of VSNL’s uplinking licence that expired a few months back. Caught in the tussle between VSNL and Department of Telecommunication, Total TV shifted to Essel Shyam Teleport in Noida. The I & B Ministry granted permission for change in teleport to Total TV on January 1. The channel will now be beamed through Insat –II E instead of Thaicom Satellite.
According to Total TV head Sailesh, the dry runs along with technical testing have already started out of its state-of-the-art studio in New Delhi’s Connaught Place area. Total TV is being touted as India’s first state-of-the-art Satellite based city specific neighbourhood channel with customised local content. The 24-hour free to air news and current affairs channel with one hour news wheel on the lines of Aaj Tak, with business, sports and commodity news, besides studio discussions and city events, will have its soft launch next week.