The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) is still holding on to TV channel licence applications that are yet to be approved. The sum amounts to 112 in total. The information was revealed by Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Minister State in the MIB.
According to the latter, the number of channels in India are not to be limited by the government. However, there are some applications which are quite old, dating back to January 2010, with the latest one dating March 3, this year.
Among the numerous companies having applied for TV channel licences are Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL), Discovery Communication, Viacom18, Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL), BBC Global News India, Sony Pictures Networks India’s Bangla Entertainment, Disney Broadcasting India and ZEEL-owned Sarthak Entertainment.
To recall, under uplinking/downlinking guidelines, the MIB permitted 892 TV channels, as at the end of February, this year.