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India has 832 TV channels as MIB issues six new licences
MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information
& Broadcasting ( MIB) has issued
licences to six new television
channels, including five non-news
With this, the total number of TV
channels in the country has gone up to
832. There are 403 news & current
affairs channels and 429 non-news
Delhi-based MGK Printing Works has
got a licence for a non-news channel
called All Time in English, Hindi,
Punjabi, and all-India regional
languages. The company also holds
two non-news channel licences under
MGK Naaptol Tamil (earlier MGK) and
Naaptol Blue (earlier Blue).
MGK Printing Works has an authorised
capital of Rs 7 crore (Rs 70 million)
and a paid-up capital of Rs 6.57 crore
(Rs 65.7 million).
Sadhna Media Network, which already
owns and operates Sadhna, Sadhna
News and Ishwar channels, has
procured a licence for a news channel
called Positive Health for Hindi,
English and Indian scheduled
The Delhi-based company has an
authorised capital of Rs 2.25 crore
(Rs 22.5 million) and a paid-up capital
of Rs 2.1 crore (Rs 21 million).
Delhi-based Exclusive Vision
Broadcast has received non-news
channel licence under the name
Sharnam in Hindi, English and other
scheduled Indian language. The
company has an authorised capital of
Rs 6.5 crore (Rs 65 million) and a
paid-up capital of Rs 5.07 crore (Rs
50.7 million).
Viacom18 Media has received licences
for three channels including Bandhan,
Colors Infinity HD and Colors
Infinity. English general
entertainment channel Colors Infinity
and Colors Infinity HD will launch on
31 July. The three channels have been
issued licences in English, Hindi and
regional languages.
Earlier, Anil Ambani-promoted
Reliance Big Broadcasting and Rajeev
Chandrasekhar-promoted Asianet
News Network (ANN) had surrendered
five TV channel licences due to which
the total number of TV channels had
dropped to 826 as on 31 May.
Reliance Big Broadcasting had
surrendered four non-news licences
under the name Big Fame, Big Love,
Big Power, and Big Prime while ANN
had surrendered its news & current
affairs channel licence under the
name Asianet India News.

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