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No proposal to allow FM radio stations to broadcast news

Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, P. R. Dasmunsi, informed the Rajya Sabha today that there was no proposal to allow Frequency Modulation (FM) radio stations to broadcast news and current affairs.

New Delhi, May 16 : Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, P. R. Dasmunsi, informed the Rajya Sabha today that there was no proposal to allow Frequency Modulation (FM) radio stations to broadcast news and current affairs.

Nor is there any proposal to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in FM radio, Dasmunsi added.

"As per the government policy, the private FM broadcasters are free to air broadcasts of audio on main carrier and data on sub carriers both excluding news and current affairs, said Dasmunsi.

However, news is not permitted on private FM broadcasts. Many of the current FM players in the country including the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) are essentially newspaper chains or media houses, and they have been making a strong pitch for news on FM.

Proposals for 16 AIR FM transmitters are pending while Letters of Intent for 239 private FM channels have been issued. Out of this, 237 FM channels are scheduled for commissioning by the end of this financial year.

The financial bid process for 338 private FM radio stations spread across 91 cities was started on January 06, 2006.

In the mid-nineties, when India first experimented with private FM broadcasts, the small tourist destination of Goa was the fifth place in this country where private players got FM slots.

The other four centres were the big metro cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai followed by Hyderabad, Jaipur and Lucknow.

ANI

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