New Delhi, July 7: The Government of India has decided to permit private FM radio networks to broadcast All India Radio news bulletins
The FM radio networks so far, could not broadcast news. Following the decision, they will be able to broadcast news, which is compiled by the All India Radio.
The Union Cabinet also decided to go ahead with the expansion of private FM networks in the country.
In the third phase of expansion, 227 new cities will be covered. There is a plan to cover total 839 new channels in 294 cities, which have a population of one lakh or above.
The Cabinet has also cleared the proposal of the Ministry for conducting ascending e-auction, as followed by Department of Telecommunications for the auction of 3G and BWA spectrum, mutatis-mutandis, for award of license of FM Channels, as recommended by the GoM on Licensing Methodology for FM Phase-Ill.
FM Phase-Ill Policy extends FM radio services to about 227 new cities, in addition to the present 86 cities, with a total of 839 new FM radio Channels in 294 cities.
Phase -III policy will result in coverage of all cities with a population of one lakh and above with private FM radio channels. (ANI)