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Namo TV likely to be back on air soon

Namo Gujarat,the television channel that went off air a day after its launch,is likely to return in a couple of days,said sources.

Written by Avinash Nair | Gandhinagar |
October 11, 2012 1:55:59 am

Namo Gujarat,the television channel that went off air a day after its launch,is likely to return in a couple of days,said sources.

On Wednesday,the only thing alive on the channel’s website,www.namotv.in,was a scroll saying,“We welcome appointment of honorary journalists area-wise for Namo TV,so please email your bio-data.” The message indicates that the channel hopes to return with journalists ready to work for an honorarium.

The channel,broadcast via Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and a parallel cable TV network,went off air on October 5 apparently due to a technical glitch. The channel,which takes after Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s moniker,has a swanky studio in Ahmedabad’s posh Prahladnagar locality.

Parindu Bhagat,who is in charge of BJP’s election-related legal cell,said,

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“The channel was off air due to a technical problem. We will be on air in less than a week’s time.” He denied any legal hurdle regarding the code of conduct.

A Modi aide associated with the project said,“The channel was shut both on cable and IPTV suo motu temporarily considering the possibility of an objection by the Election Commission of India as the model code of conduct was enforced on October 3. There was some software problem also in airing the channel. So to sort out both the issues,the channel was taken off air. The software used had some technical issues,which are solved now.”

Source said the content would focus on the development work done by Modi.

The state BJP has tied up with two of Gujarat’s largest cable networks,Gujarat Telelink Pvt Ltd and In Cable. A top manager of one of the operators said,“The BJP has not ended its contract with us and have told us that they will restart the channel very soon.’’

For direct to home and digital TV reach,the BJP has partnered with five local Gujarati satellite channels which will broadcast the content prepared by Namo TV simultaneously.

The satellite and IPTV projects of Namo TV are being handled directly by Modi’s trusted aide and Minister of State for Finance and Industry Saurabh Patel. The BJP has outsourced the project to Ahmedabad-based New Hope Infotainment Ltd and South India’s leading group Asianet TV.

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