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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

Tamil Nadu Cable TV Operators Fume

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan - Asian Tribune

Chennai, 24 December, ( Cable TV operators from many districts, owing allegiance to the State government-run Arasu Cable Corporation, who came to meet Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence, were held up by the police. Such action by the government has upset them and they have expressed disappointment over the issue.

As a consequence of the strained relationship between the Marans and the Chief Minister, Kalaignar TV was born as a competitor to Sun TV. To put an end to the monopoly of Kalanidhi Maran’s Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), Royal Cable Vision was inaugurated at Madurai. Many connections were transferred to from SCV to Hathway.

This was followed by the government’s announcement of Arasu Cable TV, which started regular broadcast from July 15th with Tanjore as centre. Though the State-owned cable corporation kicked off in many districts, there were allegations that few important and popular channels were not being beamed. Hence people who subscribed with The Arasu Cable could not watch their favorite programs and were disappointed.

Cable TV operators had their set of problems. Bouquet of channels from Star group such as Star Movies, Star Sports, ESPN, Vijay TV, Sony and Sun group were not available in Arasu Cable Corporation.

More than 500 unhappy cable TV operators from Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Tirunelveli, Erode and Coimbatore districts came to Chennai yesterday morning to seek an interview with the Chief Minister.

They were stopped at Tambaram and were not allowed entry into the city, in spite of securing appointment. However, they reached Gopalapuram, where they were forced to stay in a marriage hall and playground.

One of the operators told, ‘We have come here to express our agony and frustration to the Chief Minister. We are not allowed to go out of the marriage hall. We joined Arasu Cable Corporation as it was floated by the government itself. But it has not received patronage from the masses since popular channels were not available.’

While another operator said, ‘We want Karunanidhi to look into the issue at the earliest. Following the reunion between Maran Brothers and Karunanidhi family, we thought the bouquet of Sun TV network of channels would be made available. But it is not so.’

- Asian Tribune -

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