Chennai: Setting the ball rolling for the launch of state-run cable TV network, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday invited applications from cable operators and other interested Multi-System Operators to join Arasu Cable TV.
"Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd (ACTCL) will start its services soon. Applications are invited from local cable operators and MSOs to join it," an official release here said.
The forms were available on Arasu Cable website and completed forms should be submitted by August 5, it said.
Perceived as an apparent move against the Maran brothers, whose Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV) holds near monopoly in the multi-million rupees cable business in the state, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had promised in her party manifesto for the April 13 polls the revival of ACTCL.
While the previous DMK regime had taken all efforts to launch the service in the wake of a rift between party chief M Karunanidhi and the Marans, the service later became dormant with the warring relatives patching up.
The Jayalalithaa government had on July 4 appointed Udumalai K Radhakrishnan, AIADMK's Tirupur district Youth Wing Secretary, as Chairman of ACTCL, Chennai.