NaMo TV vanishes from all platforms after end of Lok Sabha polls


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New Delhi, May 20: Soon after the seventh phase of polling ended on May 19, NaMo TV which aired programmes promoting Prime Minister Narendara Modi went off air, giving rise to speculations.

The channel appeared in March end, a few days prior to the beginning of the Lok Sabha elections. When the opposition called the channel a 'propaganda machine', the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which was funding the channel called it an ‘advertisement based platform.'

The channel was aired by DTH operators such as Tata Sky, Videocon and Dish TV. The viewers did not have to pay for the channel which showed interviews and rallies of PM Modi. Interviews of BJP leaders, movies and programmes that feature government programmes were other content aired on the channel. Contrary to rules, the channel did not seek permission from the information and broadcasting ministry before airing.

The opposition raised the issue with the Election Commission, which sought clarification from information and broadcast (I&B) ministry. The ministry responded that the channel being an advertisement based platform was distributed by several direct to home operators and did not need permission to air.

The Election Commission then issued a notification in April that all recorded programmes displayed on the NaMo TV need to be pre-certified. It effectively banned the channel from broadcasting any election propaganda so as to enable a level-playing field.

Meanwhile, AICC Congress president Rahul Gandhi had hit out at Election Commission calling it biased. "From Electoral Bonds & EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, Modi’s Army & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore," he tweeted.


However, people who expected the channel to continue were in for a surprise when it disappeared from their channel list soon after the last phase of the elections. The mysterious appearance and disappearance, the timing the channel came on air, have left people questioning if the channel was actually a propaganda machine and did it make an impact in the Lok Sabha polls. India Today reported that according to sources within the Election Commission, 'the idea of NaMo TV was to garner eyeballs and to highlight the working of the government, which could possibly lead to more votes for the party. Now that the elections are over, recurring cost of running the platform will be futile'.

 

  

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Mostly one who is good ,educated and dont indulge in problems and make fake promises to people,serve people,help in their troubles need no publication and TVs and other methods.So now one advt.tv is vanished .let us see what is cooking inside.we know better on 24th .

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    everything will vanish... namo tv, pakistan, terrorism, ram mandir, shabari male, jai shri ram, bolo bharath mata ki, INS virat, kedarnath etc. etc. ...until the next elections....

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    NAMO TV is a campaign device BJP had and its life is over with the completion of elections.

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    If you ask me NAMO Tv didn't make much impact as it was IPL time and Indians are smart and had decided long back whom to Vote.
    They realized long back that "CHOWKIDAR chor hai" and have voted for Rahul Gandhi.

    Long live Rahul Ghandi, our new PM.
    Exit polls were as fake as BJP/RSS promises or RAM mandhir/ 15 lakhs/ Employment etc...

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  • Ivar, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Namo Tv is election advertisement platform. What is the surprise about it being off air after elections?

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  • Chowkidar Chor Hai!, Mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    NaMo along with his chaddi naada Amit will also vanish soon and become NoMo!

    DisAgree [17] Agree [64] Reply Report Abuse

  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Actually now not required as even India Today channel has become like NaMo TV

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 21 2019

    j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru
    You forgot world's Number One Magazine 'Time' ...

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Actually Time is a magazine in print media. This discussion is on Live TV

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  • Ganesh, Manipal

    Tue, May 21 2019

    j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tum aur sab bolo "Chowkidaar hi chor hai""

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  • Manish Kumar, Kudla

    Tue, May 21 2019

    j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Acutally and really chowkidar hi chor hai

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Both Feku n Daku would like to vanish....

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  • Hope, MANGALURU

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Hope the results be like Avengers end game. Let BJP vanish orelse we will. If it ends like end game then samjo acche din aagaye.

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  • NITINd, mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    had congress aired such chanell when Dr. manmohan singh was PM advertising congress achievement in 75 years BJP would not have won single seat in 2014 election

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  • JL, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Intension of this channel is over... That is to fool people and make bhakts and chowkidars out of them. So the job is done.. channel vanished. Now its the time for his bhakts and chowkidars to look at skies with open mouths for another 5 years, till NaMo tv will return

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  • JL, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Same.... like his promises..

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  • SP Shetty, Kateel/dubai

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Many people got unwanted attention due to this election like RaGa, Divya Spandana, Deve Gowda....... Etc.

    But King Modi deserve it all, he will steal it for sure.

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  • Rohan karkera, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Haa yaav shettre jaastiyaand.

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  • Chetan, Mangalore

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Namo and company will vanish too. Just wait till 23rd for a major shock to the Namo brigade.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Namo TV's next show will be in 2024

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  • Manoj, Kavoor

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Disgusting. To win an election and cover up for d scams this person can go to any extent. Hope they fall short and beg and no one helps them and all files open. I will celebrate tat day.

    Ashamed of myself tat I thot this man could bring abt a change. Hell, entire economy has been destroyed all govt institutions on d verge of either bankruptcy or disvestment ready.

    My prayers, they SHOULD NOT WIN.

    JAI HIND

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  • SUNNY DSOUZA, MARNIMIKATTE MANGALORE

    Mon, May 20 2019

    ALL cheating
    Opposition is weak
    Pappu is useless
    Advantage Modi

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  • Indian, Riyadh/KSA

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Thank god. Many more going to Vanish after 23rd. May

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Narendra Modi & Amit Shah will also vanish before 23rd May 2019 ...

    DisAgree [29] Agree [109] Reply Report Abuse

  • Pravin, Udupi

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Amit Shah is like king of this country. If he vanish who will rule this country

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  • Praveen, Mangalore/uae

    Tue, May 21 2019

    On 23rd let's see who will vanish and who will stay for coming 5 years. I pray to God, let the corrupt government be vanished and let the new government be prepared to give their best to the people, for the people, by(besides) the people.

    Jossey u will vanish or will u be able to face for another 5 years

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  • Indian, Riyadh/KSA

    Tue, May 21 2019

    It’s same as Namo TV once Modi ‘s work is done it vanished. If BJP wins also who cares you.

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