The weekend of 26 January saw Harvest TV—a new English news channel—go live on air in India. Its honeymoon period was short-lived. Just two days later, a few hours into the first business day after the channel’s launch, Harvest TV briefly disappeared from airwaves. It was blacked out on both the platforms it was available on—Airtel’s direct-to-home (DTH) service and cable platform Den Networks.
The channel reappeared a few minutes later, but on a different, downgraded frequency, said Deepak Choudhry, president of Veecon Media and Broadcasting, Harvest’s promoters.