India's first Radio Policy Soon, TRAI Seeks Views

India’s first radio policy will soon become a realty as The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday initiated a consultation process on draft Satellite Radio policy . The draft satellite radio policy has been proposed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

“The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has informed that therecommendations made by TRAI have been accepted with some modifications by the Government of India. Accordingly, the Ministry has framed the draft Satellite Radio Policy Guidelines and has requested the comments of the Authority on the draft Satellite Radio Policy Guidelines , ” R.N.Chaubey, Principal Advisor,(B&CS) , TRAI said.

TRAI had brought out a consultation paper on issues relating to Satellite Radio Services on December 29, 2004 and held an Open House Discussion on 11th February 2005 in Delhi. Based on the responses received from various stakeholders on the consultation paper and in the Open House Discussion, the Authority had sent its recommendations on issues relating to Satellite Radio Service to the Government on June 27, 2005.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , according to TRAI has also asked for comments on the representation of World Space (the sole existing satellite Radio Service Provider in the country) on some of the policy issues.

The new radio policy , according to the industry sources would strive for growth in the radio sector .Radio operators, FM in particular are hoping to get out of red after country’s first radio policy comes into existence.

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