TN announces state-run cable TV channel

01 Sep,2011

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced in the state legislative assembly that the state-run Arasu Cable TV Corporation will start functioning from September 2.


The corporation is launching a total of 90 channels, including pay channels, for a monthly fee of Rs 70, Ms Jayalalithaa said.


The service had been started by the previous DMK government following the split in the DMK  first family  involving the Marans, but, Ms Jayalalithaa said, it had become dormant after DMK chief M Karunanidhi and the Marans resolved their differences.


In a suo moto statement to the Assembly, Ms Jayalalithaa said, The corporation provided 50,000 cable connections when it was started in 2007 but due to selfishness of rulers, it shrank to 432 as on March 31, 2011.


Efforts made to restructure the corporation included the appointment of a chairperson and a managing director. Digital heads were also restructured, and more than 34,000 Multi-System Operators) and cable operators who 1.45 crore connections have joined the network, which covers Chennai as well as other areas.


While consumers will be charged Rs 70 per month, operators will have to pay Rs 20 per connection, Ms Jayalalithaa said, adding that her government’s latest initiative would ensure delivery of cable services at nominal rates.

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