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Channel 10 shuts shop

Another Bengali TV channel shuts shop

Yet another news-cum-entertainment channel — Channel 10 — blacked out from Tuesday evening in Kolkata. Channel 10 was being run by Sudipta Sen, chairman and managing director of Saradha Group of Companies. Nearly a dozen newspapers, magazines and news channels belonging to the Group have closed down over the past one month — the latest being Tara Muzik, Tara Newz, South Asia Television, Channel 10. As a result, more than 800 out-of-job journalists and a greater number of non-journalists have been pushed into extreme uncertainty.

Trinamool leader Mukul Roy on Tuesday visited Tara Muzik studio and met the staff who had taken an unprecedented step of airing a day-long Bengali New Year programme on Monday on their own. The anchors, artistes and viewers were in tears over the sudden closure of the channel. Roy also met the Bengal Post employees. He gave monetary help to Tara Muzik to carry on for some days and assured to look for a buyer-financier for the company.



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  1. Don’t these channels don’t get revenues from ads? Why are they still running?

  2. Yesterday, scenes on the set of Bengali channel Tara Muzik resembled a primetime soap opera, except that these weren’t scripted. About 850 employees of the channel had just learnt they had lost their jobs. The owner of the channel, Saradha Group, shut all its media outfits – Bengal Post, Sakalbela, Azad Hind, Tara News, Tara Muzic and Tara Bangla. In the past month, about 1,300 media persons have lost jobs in different Saradha media outfits.

    Sudipta Sen, chairman and managing director, Saradha Group of companies, couldn’t be contacted for comment.

    Sebi has begun a clampdown on collective investment schemes. In May 2012, it had issued an order against a Kolkata-based company, directing it not to raise money from the public. In December 2012, it issued another order against the company, stating its intention to prosecute the firm for continuing to raise deposits. On April 10, Sebi issued another order, cautioning investors against another instrument, potato bonds, floated by a West Bengal-based company.

    In 2010, when the national media environment was still reeling under recessionary tendencies, the West Bengal media landscape saw a sudden boom. A hitherto unknown name in media circles, Saradha Group, stepped into the fray.

    The company invigorated the sleepy media market in West Bengal by launching new media entities-Channel 10 (now Rice group), Bengal Post, Sakalbela, Azad Hind, Prabhat Varta, Parama and the Seven Sisters Post.

    A large number of Bengali channels in the state have their roots in chit funds. The regulatory clampdown on these funds has taken a toll on these media operations.


  3. This channel is still available from Insat 4A


    May be Cable ops shuts down 😀

  4. Channel 10 is a leading TV channel from West Bengal and it is free to air channel. Channel 10 is available on Insat 4A. It comes on the frequency 3909 H 3600. I am posting below few images taken from the channel.


    That is what I wrote and they proved 🙁

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