71 private satellite TV channels
await green signal to uplink from
BY A CORRESPONDENT
17 May, 2007: Proposals of 71
private satellite television channels
from 52 different companies, awaiting
permission to uplink from India, are
at different stages of scrutiny.
In all, 222 private satellite
television channels have been
permitted to uplink from India as on
April 30, 2007, besides six channels
uplinked from abroad which have been
permitted to downlink in India.
Besides, 54 foreign television
channels have been provisionally
permitted to downlink in India,
according to India’s Minister for
Information and Broadcasting
The uplinking guidelines issued in
November 2005 prescribe two categories
of channels: news and current affairs,
or non-news and current affairs.
The Government of India has also
sanctioned setting up of an Electronic
Media Monitoring Centre to monitor
contents of satellite television
All programmes of satellite TV
channels transmitted or re-transmitted
through cable service are required to
adhere to the provisions of the
programme/advertising codes prescribed
under the Cable Television Networks
(Regulation) Act of 1995 and rules
framed based on the Act.
The channels are required to keep a
record of programmes downlinked for a
period of 90 days and to produce them
before any agency of the government as
and when required, as prescribed under
the downlinking guidelines
Only 25 of the proposals are in the
non-news category, some of them
relating to music, while the rest are
in the news category.
The highest number of proposals –
seven – is from three companies linked
to the NDTV group.
There are four proposals each from Zee
Telefilms, BAG Films group, and the TV
18 group, and three each from Malar
Network, Maa TV Network, and STV
Enterprises. Two proposals have come
from the INX group. The rest of the
proposals are from companies wanting
to beam single channels.
While other companies are generally
aimed at Indian viewers, Zee Telefilms
has given a proposal for a Zee Music
Russia channel, while NDTV has a
proposal for NDTV Middle East.
While most of the other proposals are
from relatively unknown companies,
there are two proposals from Sahara
India Communications and ETC.
There are some proposals from
companies unrelated to television –
one from a sugar manufacturer, another
from an export house, a third from a
textile house, and one from an