Clarifying the situation of new TV Channels, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, MoS I&B minister revealed that total 178 applications have been lying pending with government since 2012.
The minister said, “The grant of permission to private TV channels is dependent upon requisite clearances from various ministries and departments. After receipt of all clearances, the ministry takes up the case for grant or rejection of permissions.”
Consoling the owners of new TV channels, the Minister said that the matter is being taken up regularly with various departments and ministries at various levels for early clearance.
So far the ministry has granted permission to 832 TV channels out of which 406 are news and 426 are general entertainment channels (GECs).