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September 2017



TRAI TARIFF ORDER DELAYED?

The Delhi High Court will wait for the Madras High Court's verdict before it adjudicates on the petitions filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia relating to TRAI's tariff order, interconnection and quality of service (QoS) regulations.

The implementation of the tariff order, interconnection and QoS regulations will be on hold till then, the Delhi HC said. The case was heard by a two-judge bench.

On 31 July, the Madras High Court reserved its verdict in the dispute between Star India-Vijay TV and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in the tariff order case.

A decision is eagerly awaited by the industry since the TRAI's new tariff order is scheduled to come into effect from 2 September.

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TRAI & MALAYSIAN REGULATOR TO COOPERATE

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have signed an LoI to cooperate in telecom and broadcasting regulation.

It will facilitate exchange of information and regulatory best practices in the fields of broadcasting and telecommunications, including new and emerging areas.


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PERFECTVISION RECEIVES AT&T AWARD

PerfectVision Manufacturing received the 2016 AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award in the 'Resource Improvement' category.

The award is for developing a reusable cable dispenser that reduced cable usage by 15% and helped AT&T realize large material savings. "Sustainability is vital to AT&T success. It's an area where we can make a positive impact for the next generation," said Susan A. Johnson, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain, AT&T. "We're proud to work with suppliers who have made significant sustainability contributions. They're helping us drive the whole industry to be more environmentally and socially responsible."

PerfectVision Manufacturing is one of only 4 suppliers to receive the 2016 AT&T Sustainability Supplier Award.

"PerfectVision is honored to receive the AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award for 2016," said Bob Chastain, CEO of Perfectvision Manufacturing.

PerfectVison Manufacturing, Inc. is a global manufacturer for the telecommunications industry that designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes thousands of products annually including billions of feet of Series & Coaxial cable, the Ridgeloc® family of locking connectors, complete lines of Wireless Equipment & Fiber Accessories, the EnviroReel® Cable Management System, the FiberSync® Signal Distribution System, the Birddog® & Cableview® Signal Meters, the patented Hotshot® Antenna Heater, the MaxPipe® line of Series & Coaxial Cable, telecom accessories and tools.


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SUN TO SHUT KANNADA & GEMINI NEWS

Sun TV Network is likely to shut down its 19- year-old Kannada news channel - Udaya News, on 24th October, due to mounting losses. Sun TV Network has conveyed this to Karnataka's social welfare and department of labour secretary, in its letter dated 24th August.

The Kannada News broadcasting market is dominated by TV9 Kannada, Public TV, Suvarana Newsetc… and the Telugu News market has V6 News, TV9 Telugu, NTV, TV5, Studio 9 etc as the top contenders.

Talk is also that Sun Network plans to shut its Telugu News channel Gemini News as part of the strategy to close down the loss making units.

Doubt are also being expressed in the press on the continuation of 'Surya News' in Tamilnadu and 'Sun News' in Kerala.

Suvarna News is also facing a similar situation.

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NO DECISION TO CORPORATISE DD

The government has not taken any decision on corporatisation of Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR), the Rajya Sabha was informed on 10 August.

Early this year, a panel of secretaries had recommended the government to turn the DD and the AIR as corporate entities to reduce their dependence on public funds and give them greater autonomy to take decisions.

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MCBS WINS INNOVATION AWARD

MCBS received the MSME Award (2014-15) for "Innovation in Technology" on 19th August-2017. The award was conferred by Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybhai Rupani and Deputy CM Shri. Nitinbhai Patel, Minister for state industries Shri Rohitbhai Patel in a function held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The Award was received by Mr. G.C.Jain (CMDMCBS) & Mrs. A. D. Jain (Director MCBS) and includes a cash prize ₹ 2 lakh, memento & certificate.

Located in GIDC Electronic Estate, Gandhinagar, with a workforce of more than 400, MCBS manufactures DTH antennae, STBs & communication and broadcast products for DTH, CATV & G S M applications.

MCBS has achieved several milestones. These include digital c o m p r e s s i o n technology in 1995 and the STB in 2002-2003.

MCBS has been a key player in digitization and its work includes 20,000 Cable TV Head end, 2000 Headend In The Sky (Hits) projects, 25,000 educational systems, international gate-ways, HD program distribution for Common Wealth Games 2010 and hi-reliability ground networks for rockets & missiles facilities for ISRO and defence organizations across India.

MCBS was created by Mr. G. C. Jain, a technocrat with a Master's degree in advanced electronics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. he worked for ISRO for 17 years before setting up MCBS, 27 years ago.

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NEW CENSOR BOARD CHIEF

The I&B ministry has replaced Pahlaj Nihalani with songwriter-poet Prasoon Joshi as the censor board chief. Nihalani's 3-year tenure was to end next January. Since his appointment as the head of CBFC in January 2015, Nihalani made headlines for a number of controversial moves and statements.

Joshi was appointed with immediate effect for a period of three years or until further orders.

Joshi, 45, was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 for his contributions towards the field of arts, literature and advertising.

The government also reconstituted the existing censor board. The new members are Gautami Tadimalla, Narendra Kohli, Naresh Chandra Lal, Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, Vivek Agnihotri, Waman Kendre, Vidya Balan, T S Nagabharana, Ramesh Patange, Vani Tripati Tikoo, Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta.

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ANALOG PERMITTED ON KAL CABLES

On 8 August, the Madras High Court granted interim relief to Kal Cables, a Sun Network owned MSO, to continue transmitting Analog cable TV signals.

Kal cables pleaded "When the entire nation has been digitised and all the MSOs had switched to digital mode and defaulters license being cancelled, allowing Arasu Cable alone to operate in analogue mode is against the right to equality guaranteed by the constitution."

Hearing the petition, Justice M Duraiswamy passed interim orders granting interim injunction on the central government order and directed the Additional Solicitor General to file a counter affidavit on the plea in a week.



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110 TV LICENCES CANCELLED IN 5 YEARS

The MIB has cancelled 110 TV channel licences from February 2012 until July 2017. Minister of State in I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore has conveyed these details to the Lok Sabha.\

Of these, 9 licenses to Mahuaa Media and STV Enterprises (cancelled due to security denial by the Home Affairs) were reinstated after the Delhi High Court stayed the cancellations.

The main reasons for cancellation of licences are non-operationalisation of licences, nonsubmission of bank guarantee and denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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9 NEW TV CHANNEL LICENSES

The MIB issued 9 new TV channel licences in July, bringing the total licensed TV channels to 890.

7 non-news & 2 news licences were issued to 8 companies. Several of the receipents already own other channels.

Viacom18 was the only company that received 2 licenses - for Non-News channels 'My Cam' & 'The Office' in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

Lex Sportel Vision, a company in which former Dish TV CEO RC Venkateish is a director, has received a license for their nonnews channel 'ATR' in English and Hindi.

Paul E-Commerce, promoted by Punjabi music channel 9X Tashan co-owner Sandeep Bansal, received a nonnews channel licence for 'Pitaara' in all Indian languages.

VIL Media, the owner of Telugu news channel V6, has got a non-news licence in the name V6 Ent.

Mahendra Soni-promoted Media Worldwide's 'TravelXP' has been licenced in Gujarati, Hindi, English and other Indian languages. The company already owns & operates Music India, Sangeet Marathi, Sangeet Bhojpuri and Sangeet Bangla. Chothani alreay runs TravelXP & TravelXP Tamil, under a company called Celebrities Management.

Shreya Broadcasting, which owns and operates Telugu news channel TV5 News and Telugu devotional channel Hindu Dharmam, has got a news licence to launch TV5 Kannada.

Cauvery Power Trading, Chennai received a license for its Tamil news channel 'Cauvery News' which launched on 25 August.

Shopping Zone India TV got a licence for home shopping channel 'Shopping Zone'.

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NEW RAJYA SABHA TV CEO

Rajya Sabha TV CEO Gurdeep Singh Sappal resigned on 12 August.

Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by the Upper House of Parliament, and the Vice President is its chairman.

Now with Venkaiah Naidu elected as Vice President and head of the Rajya Sabha, Sappal felt it was appropriate to resign. "I have always held a principled view that if one has been nominated, rather than having been elected in polls or selected through exams, one must move out with the principal," Sappal said in his resignation message.

Prasar Bharti CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been given addition charge of the channel.

Rajya Sabha TV focuses on current national and international affairs, with special emphasis on legislative business undertaken by the Parliament.

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