Giving a major sop to media Industry, the Home Ministry has told the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry on March 10 that no additional security clearance is needed to launch another TV channel by the same entity.
"The security clearance conveyed to an entity in one proposal shall remain valid to other proposals (within the same sector) in the following sectors of Ministry of I&B - (i) community radio stations, (ii) uplinking/downlinking of TV channels, (iii) Multi-System operator, (iv) Teleport. The security clearance granted in one sector of the Ministry of I&B is not valid for other sector. For example, security clearance granted to the company to running community radio stations is not automatically valid for uplinking/downlinking of channel or vice-versa," the Home Ministry has said in an official memorandum to I&B Secretary Bimal Julka on March 10.
The security clearance once granted will be valid for a period of 10 years instead of 3 years from the date of the initial grant of security clearance, except in two cases - "if there is a change in the Board of Director (s) or change in the ultimate beneficial ownership of 10% and above in the company or expansion of existing community radio stations to border areas or naxal-affected areas."
The new decision will benefit those companies which want to launch fresh media venture.