Zee Turner has sent notice to DEN, a TV18 Group-owned cable subsidiary, to deactivate services. This is on account of non-payment of arrears of subscription amount by DEN. As a result, the telecast of 35 channels are expected to go off air in over 32 per cent of Delhi and nearly 20 per cent of Mumbai. The channels include Zee TV, Zee News, Zee Marathi, Cartoon Network, HBO, Ten Sports, Zee Café, CNN, POGO, Warner Brothers, and ETC, among others.
A release issued by Zee Turner Ltd stated that besides having an outstanding payable which ran into a few crores, DEN had also not signed the agreements to avail the services/ feed of 35 channels distributed by Zee Turner for the year 2009.
The release further said that Zee Turner, for past few months, had made multiple attempts to close the issue. However, failing to obtain reach any conclusion with DEN, they are now contemplating deactivation of its bouquets of 35 channels on this operator’s network by September 17, 2009.