TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, December 16,2012 (Trinidad Express): The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), under its company the Hindu Broadcasting Network, has been granted a television licence by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). However, it is not a free-to-air licence but rather one to operate only on cable TV networks. Sat Maharaj, secretary general of the SDMS, yesterday confirmed that the SDMS has been invited by TATT to sign the documents for the licence concession. Maharaj said he hoped to launch the country's first Hindu network, Jaagriti TV, in the next three to four months.
He noted that while there were Indian channels, there was no Hindu channel on the network to cater for the large religious base of practicing Hindus. He said the station would adhere to the same protocol which its radio station Radio Jaagriti followed- there will no advertising of alcohol, no advertising of meat or meat products and no advertising of fetes or parties. "We want to propagate the Hindu way of life," said Maharaj. "The vision of the Maha Sabha and its communications arm is to provide a network that accommodates and facilitates the Hindu in the new world reality," Maharaj said at the time.