Auction Not Feasible For The Award Of TV Licences, Says TRAI

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Auction not feasible for the award of TV licences

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced an update. It said that auction would not be feasible for grant of permission for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels, but recommended an enhancement in the annual licence fee.

The body also said that there should be no change in the existing definitions of ‘News and Current Affairs TV channels’ and ‘Non-News and Current Affairs TV channels’ and it should continue as per the existing uplinking and downlinking guidelines, dated December 5, 2011. Auction not feasible for the award of TV licences.

The body recommended that there should be no change in the amount of minimum net worth of an applicant company seeking permission for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels.

“Auction not feasible for grant of permissions for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels. Existing administrative system for grant of permissions for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels should be continued and should be streamlined,” the body said.

The TRAI said that a license fee of Rs three lakh per annum could be charged for uplinking of TV Channel from Indian soil. For downlinking TV channels uplinked from Indian soil, a license fee of Rs 7.5 lakh per annum could be charged while a fee of Rs 22.5 lakh could be charged for downlinking of TV channel from foreign soil, the body said in its recommendations.

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