No Proposal to Levy 10% License Fee on Cable Operators, Broadcasters: I & B Minister

No Proposal to Levy 10% License Fee on Cable Operators, Broadcasters: I & B Minister

There is no proposal to levy 10% licence fee across the board on broadcasters & cable operators, said Information & Broadcasting minister Shri Prakash Javadekar.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has stated that it has no plans to levy a 10% Licence Fee on Cable Operators & Broadcasters.

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The minister also said that industry wise information relating to licence fee is not centrally maintained. In so far Direct to Home (DTH) broadcasting service is concerned, the licensee is required to pay an annual fee equivalent to 10% of its gross revenue.

He stated that the ministry continues to create an enabling environment for strengthening of the broadcasting system through continuous review of policies and programmes and taking steps to improve ease of doing business.

That the total number of private satellite channels permitted by the ministry stands at 918. As on 31st January 2020, there are 278 operational Community Radio Stations (CRS) in India.

There are 1630 Multi-System Operators (MSOs) registered with MIB as on 31st January 2020. However, Local Cable Operators (LCOs) are not currently registered with the MIB.

There are 5 DTH operators in India which include Dish TV, Tata Sky, Bharti Telemedia, Sun Direct TV, and Independent TV. There are 382 private FM Radio channels are operational in 107 cities, spread across 27 states and 3 UTs in the country.

Prasar Bharati is having 653 AIR transmitters operating from 482 stations across the country at the end of 2019.

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