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Nepal’s Makalu TV told to stop broadcasting

Makalu TV, the largest television broadcasting house in Nepal, is likely to stop its broadcasts as it has been operating illegally.

The Himalayan Times reports that Makalu TV received a written order to stop broadcasting, after a raid by Nepalese market monitoring team found that the channel was flouting the national broadcasting regulations.

“We’ve told the TV to stop broadcasting as we found that it was transmitting from cable medium and DTH system despite its licence [being only] for terrestrial transmission,” said Assistant Chief District Officer Prem Prasad Luintel, adding action will be taken against operators of the television if they ignore the administration’s notice. 

According to Nepal’s National Transmission Regulation 2069 (sixth amendment), any person or organisation which has procured licence for terrestrial transmission is not allowed to broadcast through the DTH system or cable medium. 

Makalu television is the first television service to be broadcast in the eastern development region. It started its broadcasts from November 2011.