Hakim lashes out at Centre over new policy on cable TV subscription

Kolkata: State Urban Development minister and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim slammed the Centre for its new policy on cable TV subscription. He alleged that broadcasters will get more profit due to the new policy and the income of local cable operators and Multiple System Operator(MSO)s will go down.

On Wednesday, Hakim inaugurated SAARC region's largest cable and broadband show organised by the Cable TV Equipment Traders and Manufacturers Association (CTMA) at the Cable TV Show 2019 at the Science City.

During the programme, he alleged that incase of the new policy regarding the cable TV network and broadcasting, the Centre is greasing

the pumps of broadcasters. Broadcasters earn a huge amount of money from advertisements.

"In several areas, this business is the bread and butter for several unemployed youths. Broadcasters are forcing them to pay from their pockets. If cable operators and MSO's charge the subscribers then they would face questions regarding this," said Hakim.

The organisers at the show said cable operators and MSO's can witness new technologies.

The industry is getting upgraded every year. There are 24 pavilions and 106 stalls present at the show.

"The digital cable television network and broadband industry are expanding rapidly. New vendors are coming up with new technologies and consumer friendly solutions," said Pawan Jajodia, Chairman Exhibition of CTMA.

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