As per the regulations, the cable operators cannot stop free to air channels to their customers. But they have stopped ABN and TV 5 following pressure from the YCP government. After hearing the complaint in this regard, the High Court has issued a notice to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The next hearing is posted in two days.
Jagan Circar is unhappy that some channels and newspapers are publishing wrong reports to damage its reputation among the people. But the channel managements argue that they are entitled to their freedom of expression as per the constitution. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao once banned ABN and TV 9 but these channels got the ban cancelled in the court. Analysts say that the KCR and Jagan Reddy governments are just giving a tough time to the media despite knowing the fact that such bans will not stand in court.