Satellite TV channels totals to 892, with valid permission  


Recently considering provisional licenses as regular, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has revealed about the number of satellite television channels in India, till date. With 889 a month ago, the new total as of February 28, amounts to 892.

Last month, the MIB cancelled a license while issuing four TV channel licenses. Private satellite TV channels offering news and current affairs makes a total of 391. On the other hand, 501 channels concern non-news and current affairs category.

In the month of February, 169 channels’ licenses have been cancelled among the 1061 licenses approved by the MIB. A total of 782 TV channels for uplink and downlink from and to India were granted permission by the ministry, among which are 413 non-news and 369 news channels.

Only 90 channels can be downlinked into India and among these, the news category represents 25% while the non-news category represents the rest. As for the uplink from India, 20 TV channels have been permitted and this include 13 non-news channels and seven news channels.