Over 500 cable TV operators owing allegiance to the State government-run Arasu Cable Corporation from southern districts of the State landed in Chennai today to meet Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and brief him about the non-availability of several channels in the network. They alleged high-handedness of other Multi- System Operators (MSOs).Though the State-own cable corporation was kicked off in many districts in the South, there were allegations that few important channels were not being beamed.
The bouquet of channels from Sun , Sony and Star group were not available in Arasu Cable Corporation. In the wake of this cable TV war, several cases of cutting of cables were reported.Several complaints by the authorities to the police ended in vain as their woes continued. Apparently dejected, over 500 cable TV operators from Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Tirunelveli, Erode and Coimbatore landed in Chennai this morning seeking a meeting with the Chief Minister.The cars and vans in which they came to the city were blocked in suburban Tambaram. However, they managed to reach Chennai through train and buses.On reaching Gopalapuram, they were forced to stay in a marriage hall and a playground at Gopalapuram. According to one of the operators, ‘We have come here to express our agony and frustration to the Chief Minister.
We are not being allowed even to go out of the marriage hall, where they were detained by the police. We joined Arasu Cable Corporation as it was floated by the government itself. But it has not received patronage from the masses since prominent channels are not available.’ Echoing the same, another operator said, ‘We want Karunanidhi to look into the issue at the earliest. Following the reunion between Maran Brothers and Karunanidhi family, we thought the bouquet of Sun TV network of channels would be made available. But it is not so’.The spat between the Maran Brothers and the family of Chief Minister resulted in the latter floating Kalaignar TV.
Also, in many places in Chennai, the channel distribution and TV entertainment, hitherto controlled by Maran Brothers’ Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), was taken over by Hathway, the other MSO. In Madurai, Karunanidhi’s elder son M K Azhagiri floated his own MSO called Royal Cable Vision (RCV).Then, the State government announced a cable distribution company, Arasu Cable Corporation, which was inaugurated in southern districts from 15 July.