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Private FM Radio Stations to broadcast News Bulletins from AIR


NEW DELHI, 7 July 2011: Government of India has approved the Policy guidelines for expansion of FM Radio services in India.

According to the new policy news bulletins from AIR can be broadcasted by private FM channels. Also Foreign Direct Investment in a private FM radio broadcasting company has been increased from 20% to 26%


The salient features of the guidelines is as follows


i) Radio operators have been permitted carriage of news bulletins of All India Radio.

ii) Broadcast pertaining to the certain categories like information pertaining to sporting events, traffic and weather, coverage of cultural events, festivals, coverage of topics pertaining to examinations, results, admissions, career counselling, availability of employment opportunities, public announcements pertaining to civic amenities like electricity, water supply, natural calamities, health alerts etc. as provided by the local administration will be treated as non-news and current affairs broadcast and will therefore be permissible.

iii) The limit on the ownership of Channels, at the national level, allocated to an entity has been retained at 15%. However channels allotted in Jammu & Kashmir, North Eastern States and island territories will be allowed over and above the 15% national limit to incentivise the bidding for channels in such areas;

iv) Private operators have been allowed to own more than one channel but not more than 40% of the total channels in a city subject to a minimum of three different operators in the city.

v) FDI+FII limit in a private FM radio broadcasting company has been increased from 20% to 26%;

(vi) Networking of channels will be permissible within a private FM broadcaster's own network across the country instead of in 'C' and 'D’ category cities only of a region allowed at present.

(vii) A choice is proposed to be given to the private FM broadcasters to choose any agency other than BECIL for construction of CTI within a period of 3 months of issuance of LOI failing which BECIL will automatically become the system integrator and set up co-location facilities and CTI.

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