The number of licensed channels in India has dropped for the second year running as the regulator cracks down on operations which have been authorised but not started broadcasting.
A total of 64 licences have been revoked from last year’s 2012 official list of 848 channels, leaving 784 licensed to broadcast.
India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has written to a number of would-be broadcasters demanding detailed extra information as to the channel’s financial status and shareholding structure, and as a result of non-responses – or unexpected responses – has reversed some of the licences. Other reasons for cancelling licences include not getting on air within the stipulated 12 months.
Indiantelevision.com reports that 50 channels are now awaiting licensing.