After taking over the government, the TRS government has launched a proxy war against TV channels that are not favourable to it.
Telangana chief minster K Chandrasekhar Rao moved a resolution in the state assembly to punish TV9 and ABN and the Multiple System Operators immediately plunged into action to block these channels.
While TV9 tendered an open apology for its “Bullet News” program and maintained a strategic silence till the channel was reinitiated in the state.
On the other hand, Andhrajyothy managing director V Radhakrishna accepted the challenge and took a legal battle for its survival. Its employees came onto streets protesting on ban for over two months, ABN gained support of Opposition parties , It knocked the High court, which has advised the channel to look for itself by consultation with MSO. By the time the BAN issue created sensation touching headlines of National media, TRS government as damage control measures stated that the govt had no role to play in Ban issue , it was Telangana MSO’s decision.
ABN continued it battle by knocking the door of Apex court , which has finally gave directions to KCR government to reiterate the telecast of the channel. Interestingly, for last fews days ABN was targeting KCR on his decisions when he was Union minister for Labour in 2004-06.