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July 2019

MIB CANCELS 6 TV CHANNEL LICENSES


Within its first month under the new I&B minister, 6 TV channel licenses have been cancelled.



4 STV LICENSES CANCELLED

All TV channel licenses, issued to STV Enterprises have been cancelled on 24 June 2019. The action came after a court order that refused to provide extension or relief to the company.

The 4 cancelled licences are:

  • Punjab Today
  • STV Haryana News
  • STV Jammu Kashmir News
  • STV UP News.





2016 SECURITY CLEARANCE

STV's licenses were earlier cancelled by the ministry in 2016 due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The company challenged the MIB order in Delhi High Court which overturned the cancellation.


2017 EXPIRY

Three of the company's 4 licences had expired in June 2017.


NO FURTHER RELIEF

Without going into the merits of the disputes, High Court Justice Vibhu Bakhru instructed STV to apply for renewal or fresh licenses, in accordance with current laws and procedures.

"In the aforesaid circumstances, this Court is of the view that it would be apposite to dispose of the petition by permitting the petitioner to apply as per the policy. In the event such application is made, the respondents are directed to consider the same afresh uninfluenced by the decision rendered earlier and in accordance with law," the HC had said in its order.


VT6 ENT LICENSE CANCELLED

On 14 June, the MIB cancelled the Uplinking & downlinking license for VIL Media's V6 Ent, a Telugu GEC channel. VIL Media retains its Telugu news uplinking/ downlinking licence under the name V6 News, a Telanganafocussed Telugu news channel launched on 1st March 2012.

With these cancellations, out of a total of 908 TV channel licenses issued, 195 have been cancelled. n