MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has sought an affidavit from television broadcasting companies furnishing details of their boards of directors and latest shareholding patterns (SHP), including foreign direct investment (FDI) component for renewing licences in the interim period till 31 December 2015. In a notice dated 11 April, the ministry asked the broadcasters to send all requisite information, along with the supporting documents, within l5 days to enable it to proceed further in the matter. The ministry also asked the companies to ensure submission of the annual renewal fee for both uplinking and downlinking licences at the applicable rates for the period that may be due. The ministry stated that it is examining applications for TV channel licences and if found suitable, will grant renewal of the permission for an interim period up to 31 December 2015, or till the final decision on the application for renewal of permission is taken, whichever is earlier. “However, in accordance with the provisions of the Uplinking Guidelines, the company is requested to furnish an affidavit to the effect that the company will abide by all the provisions of the latest Uplinking/Downlinking Guidelines and other relevant instructions/modifications issued from time to time,” the ministry said in the notice. The ministry also noted that the matter of fresh security clearance before renewal of permission for next 10 years has been under its consideration for some time. The MIB said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has indicated requirement of fresh security clearance before renewal of permission. It also said that the details sent by the companies have been forwarded to the MHA. In December last year, the MIB had directed broadcasting companies to submit details of company and board of directors by 26 December for security clearance before renewal of permission for next 10 years is granted. The ministry had sought details about company and board of directors along with all supporting documents (proof of date of birth, parentage, nationality, address, etc.) for further processing. The renewal of permission is pending for as many as 72 channels that have completed 10 years of licence. The list includes channels from ZEEL, NDTV, Times Television and ETV network.
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