Sunday, December 16, 2012

Maha Sabha to operate Hindu TV service on cable

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has granted the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) a licence to operate a television service on cable. 

SDMS secretary general Sat Maharaj confirmed to local media that his organisation has been invited by TATT to sign the documents for the licence concession and that he hopes to launch the country's first Hindu network, Jaagriti TV, in the next three to four months.

The country already has an Islamic station, the Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN), operated by Inshan Ishmael and a Catholic station on cable TV network Flow.

Maharaj said the country does not have any Hindu channel that is geared to the hundred of thousands of Hindus in country.

He said the TV service would follow the same protocol as its Radio Jaagriti, which includes a ban on advertising of alcohol, meat or meat products and no advertising of fetes or parties. "We want to propogate the Hindu way of life," said Maharaj.

The TV service would be based on the same compound with Radio Jaagriti at Pasea, Tunapuna. "The space is already outfitted. Five years ago we built an extra room for a television station," he said.

"As soon as we have assembled all the machinery together, we will start. We need to recruit about eight to ten people," he said.

Former executive at Radio Jaagriti and current Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj confirmed on Saturday that the Maha Sabha applied for a television licence in 2007 shortly after it was awarded a radio licence in 2006.

The SDMS had to fight all the way to the Privy Council Judgement to get its radio licence. In 2009, the State was ordered to pay close to $3 million in damages to the SDMS for its unequal treatment and delay in granting it a radio broadcasting licence.

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