System set up to track TV channels

The move will bring transparency: I&B

This initiative allows applicants to get updates on the status of their applications online.

A software, developed by National Informatics Centre, will enable applicant companies to log on to a specially designed programme to know the status of their applications. The link to the software has been made available on the web site of the ministry, official sources said. 

In addition to the status of their channels, companies can also get information regarding the status even for applications regarding change of name, change of logo, change of directors of the company, change in the shareholding pattern, extension of period of operationalisation and license renewal, among others.

This move follows the practice started a few months ago of having open house meetings on the fifth of every month in which applicant companies could get information about the status of their applications.

Under the policy guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of private TV notified in 2005, the ministry till date has permitted 516 private channels. Permissions have also been given to set up 78 teleports.

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