Prasar Bharati not shutting down any Akashvani radio station in India: Anurag Thakur

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Mumbai: Prasar Bharati is not shutting down any Akashvani radio station in India, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told parliament on Tuesday. Thakur was responding to concerns about the shutdown of radio stations in different parts of the country that have been in the news for the past two years.

Prasar Bharati released a clarification on false reporting and fake news claiming the closure of AIR stations several times before. Speaking to parliament, Thakur again clarified that “obsolete analogue transmitters are being phased out with the availability of alternative transmission technologies such as FM, satellite radio via DTH and Internet streaming.”

“In addition, content reforms are undertaken from time to time to ensure that Akashvani’s national, regional and local services serve the diversity of content, while making the best use of scarce resources, providing opportunities for local talent. and improving quality without duplicating content. The operational expenses of these services are covered by the internal and extrabudgetary (IEBR) resources of Prasar Bharati, ”he said.

Thakur also told parliament that the government has approved programs to install frequency-modulated (FM) transmitters at the premises of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at seven locations along the Indo-Nepal border, including SSB’s premises in Narkatiaganj in the West Champaran district of the state. from Bihar.

On FM and community radio stations, Thakur further stated that Prasar Bharati has 523 FM transmitters located in 483 All India Radio (AIR) stations across the country. Under the Policy Guidelines on Expansion of FM Broadcasting Service through Private Agencies (Phase III), MIB grants FM radio license to private companies registered in India under the Companies Act 2013 .

As the phase III private FM radio policy is city-centered, it foresees the establishment of FM radio stations in all cities with a population greater than one lakh, unless it is covered by an adjacent city. Another 11 cities located in the border areas of UT of Jammu and Kashmir, UT of Ladakh, and northeastern states with populations of less than 1 lakh have also been approved for station establishment. FM radio.

Under Phase III FM, the government approved the auctioning of 683 channels in 236 cities.


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