Monday, February 11, 2013

CRS can relay All India Radio news bulletins: Varma

Community radio stations can re-transmit news of All India Radio
bulletins, even as the government once again turned down the demand for
airing of local news bulletins.

The government has also taken a decision to waive spectrum fee for
community radio stations, though the orders in this connection will be
announced as soon as the Telecom Ministry completes the necessary
formalities. The spectrum fee of Rs 19,000 had recently been increased to
Rs 91,000 and posed a major burden on the CR stations.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said,
"Even for FM which is a far more commercial venture, we have not allowed
news which they can create on their own, but we have in the proposed policy
that they could perhaps use the AIR news. I am willing to offer that to

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Via Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi  [dx_india YG]