Top Story


Home >> Media - TV >> Article

Cable TV operators' strike called off

Font Size   16
Cable TV operators' strike called off

Cable network companies, protesting the 10 per cent service tax imposed on them, have called off their indefinite strike. This has come in the wake of the forthcoming busy sports season and a section of cable operators deciding not to support the strike.

Cable companies have been under pressure from broadcasters as well as the subscribers to suspend the strike.

It is also pointed out that with the busy cricket season starting this weekend, broadcasters want the cable companies to resume their operations.

“We have decided to suspend the strike today after we took stock of the situation. Blocking of service during the Olympics has caused major concern for the subscribers,” said Virendra Gaur, convener, All India Cable TV Forum. The cable companies began their strike on Tuesday.

Gaur said the future course of action would be decided after a response from the government on the issue of the service tax.

“We have made presentations to the government. We will wait for the government to react to our demands,” Gaur said.

The forum announced the indefinite strike against the Budget proposals to include cable network companies in the 10 per cent service tax net. Some of the cable network companies, which are part of the forum are Hathway, SITI Cable, IN Cable, RPG , Trinity, Cable Operators United Front and Forum of Cable Operators.

Meanwhile, a section of cable operators today intimated the government that they were not a part of the strike and want a solution for the present crisis.

They also met Revenue Secretary Vineeta Rai in this regard. The cable operator wanted the government to come out with a public awareness programme to help cable operators collect the increased service tax and demanded facility of financial loans by banks.

Cable companies also told the government that to bring all television services at par, direct to home and broadband should also be taxed in a similar way or they all should be exempted from tax as the content is same in all.


Vijay Mansukhani, speaks to exchange4media about the resurgence of Onida, the scope of growth of consumer electronics market in India and the reasons why Indian consumer electronics brands don’t compete on a global scale

Projjol Banerjea opens up about hiring Anne Macdonald and GroupM's Rob Norman, and the brand's new identity

Meera Iyer tells exchange4media that in FY 2016/17, bigbasket clocked a revenue of Rs 1,400 crore. The online supermarket currently stands at 70,000 orders a day, with operations in 25 cities.

CMO, Kashyap Vadapalli on the start-up’s marketing play, why it has decided to stay away from IPL and response to its furniture rental apps

Ushering the launch with a campaign titled ‘The New Way to Get Rich’ showcasing how technology gets millennials closer to their financial dreams

Ogilvy and Love Matters conceptualised a campaign that aimed to change the conversation and imagery that is associated with the LGBTQ community and lesbians in particular