The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) on 11 December issued a notice reminding broadcasters to submit details that need to be furnished for licence renewal. The MIB has directed broadcasting companies to submit details of company and board of directors by 26 December for security clearance before the renewal of permission for the next 10 years. Notice was issued on 19 November.
Security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is a prerequisite for renewal of TV channel licence.
The ministry said that it has not received adequate information from the broadcasting companies, which is why it has issued a reminder.
The renewal of permission is pending for as many as 72 channels that have completed 10 years of licence term. The list includes channels from ZEEL, NDTV, Times Television and ETV Network.
The MIB has sought details about company and board of directors along with all supporting documents (such as proof of date of birth, parentage, nationality, address proof, etc.) for further processing.