India's private TV channel count hits 786

Rebecca Hawkes | 07-02-2014

The number of licensed commercial television channels in India is now 786, according to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

News and current affairs accounted for the content of 389 of the channels, as of 31 January 2014.

From the total number of private channels, 664 are allowed to both uplink and downlink from India, while 31 channels can only uplink in India. The remaining 91 channels are solely permitted to downlink into India, having uplinked from abroad, says the Ministry.