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Govt allows 185 channels to uplink from India

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 15:09 IST
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The Centre has until last month allowed 185 private satellite channels to uplink from India, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Besides, sixty-five TV channels have been allowed to downlink in India, Information and Broadcasting Minister PR Dasmunsi said in a written reply.

Also, requests to allow 30 TV stations to uplink and 12 to downlink are at different stages of scrutiny, he said.

Broadcast Bill: In a separate reply, the I&B Minister declined to spell out a time-frame for bringing in a broadcasting services regulation bill and said there is a need to consult the media on the proposal.

"A need has been felt to consult the media in the matter. It is therefore difficult to indicate final views or to give a time-frame on the proposal," he said.

Doordarshan: Doordarshan has entered into an agreement for distribution of DD-India in Canada and the US and a similar pact is under finalisation in the UK, the minister said in another reply.

Also, a study in on the anvil to assess the reach and impact of DD-India in West Asian countries, he added.

Doordarshan Charge: Doordarshan has decided to charge a carriage fee amounting to Rs 1 crore per annum from private channels interested in becoming part of a bouquet of channels carried on its DD Direct Plus service, the minister said.

Broadband Connectivity: A proposal is under consideration to extend support from the Universal Service Obligation for providing broadband connectivity in villages in a phased manner, he said.