Kannada TV channels may be blackened out

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Chennai, Apr 2 (UNI) In retaliation to the blackening of the Tamil Television Channels in Karnataka against the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Scheme and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's criticism against Karnataka on the issue, the Cable TV Operators Association in Chennai are also likely to follow suit.

The Cable TV Operators Association when contacted said that a decision to blackout the Kannada channels would be taken tonight at a meeting.

It said the cable TV operators in the state have been urged to block the telecast of all Kannada channels in protest against the attack on Tamil establishments over the Hogenakkal water issue.

Meanwhile, in a statement Kayal Ilavarasu, President of the Association said, ''we propose to block the telecast of the Kannada channels condemning the attack on theatres screening Tamil films in Karnataka. We have also spoken to the MSOs - Hathway and SCV in this regard.'' A delegation led by South India Film Chamber of Commerce President KRG and South India Film Artistes Association President R Sarath Kumar today formally sought permission from the City Police Commissioner Nanchil Kumaran to hold the proposed hunger strike near the Chepauk cricket stadium on April 4.

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