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India: no new TV channels

January 21, 2010

The Indian government has suspended permission for the launch of new television channels in the country, citing scarcity of spectrum. The ministry of information and broadcasting has suspended fresh permissions for new television channels, affecting the roll out plans of up to 170 channels, applications for which are pending with the ministry.

In a communication put up on its website, the ministry has said it will not accept applications for permission to uplink and downlink television channels from and in India. The ministry had recently sought the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), on whether the government should cap the number of television channels.

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