Private FM channels to be allowed to broadcast news

Gurgaon : Private FM radio channels will soon be allowed to broadcast news sourced from All India Radio (AIR), an official said Monday.

FM radio channels will be able to carry news “in a short time as they will be allowed to broadcast news bulletins of the All India Radio unaltered,” said Rajiv Takru, additional secretary in the information and broadcasting ministry.

Takru, who was in the city to attend a panel discussion with industry experts organised by Association of Radio Operators of India, said the government is working on different modules, including designing two minutes news capsules for private FM channels.

At present, private radio stations are not allowed to broadcast news.

He said the government intends to start FM phase three as soon as possible and a final view would be taken in the next two-three months.

After the third phase, about 800 radio stations in about 283 locations are expected to be operational, up from 245 channels at present.

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