MIB grants licences for Nireekshana TV & Khalsa Channel

Khalsa Channel is owned by Nexgen Telefilms and Nireekshana TV is owned by Shopping Zone India TV

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has awarded TV channel licences for Khalsa Channel owned by Nexgen Telefilms and Nireekshana TV owned by Shopping Zone India TV. The licences were given in October.

Nireekshana TV is going to be a South language channel as MIB permitted the license in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, and scheduled Indian languages. Khalsa Channel is permitted in Hindi and scheduled Indian languages.

Just a month before in September, Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL), Vedic Broadcasting and Disney Broadcasting India were awarded TV channel licences from the MIB. ZMCL received four licences in the names of 1 Chennai, 1 Mumbai, 1 Kolkata and 1 Delhi; whereas Baba Ramdev-owned Vedic Broadcasting got three licences --Aastha Tamil, Aastha Telugu and Aastha Kannada. Disney India received licence for one channel, UTV HD.

So far, the ministry has granted permission to 1,118 private satellite TV channels in India, out of which 252 permissions were later cancelled. Thus, the total number of private satellite TV channels having valid permission in India today stands at 866-- 383 is news and 483 is non-news segment.

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