Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Minister , P. R. Dasmunsi has said that 25 private satellite TV channels were permitted to be uplinked from India during the year 2005, thirty-seven channels were permitted during the year 2006 and thirty-one channels have been permitted during the current year up to 31.7.2007. Complete list of channels permitted is available on the Ministry’s website. Receipt of applications under the uplinking guidelines is an on-going process. No record is kept in the Ministry of incomplete applications, which are closed or returned.
As on 31.7.2007, applications of 59 companies to uplink 99 TV channels from India are at various stages of scrutiny. These also require inter-Ministerial comments and hence, no definite time frame can be indicated.
Permission for starting a News Channel are given as per the procedure prescribed in the ‘Guidelines for Uplinking from India’ which were issued on 2.12.2005. These guidelines and application form are available on the Ministry’s website (www.mib.nic.in). The eligibility criteria is as prescribed in para 3.1, for News and Current Affairs TV Channels.
This information was given by Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri P. R. Dasmunsi in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.