Saturday, July 16, 2011

Free the Radio !

Alok Tiwari
12 July 2011, 10:30 AM IST
It is funny, almost inexplicable, that in a country that has rambunctious private TV news channels reaching the smallest hamlets, radio remains under tight government leash. One would expect it to be the other way round. Last week, Union cabinet cleared the Phase III expansion of FM (Frequency Modulated) channels. That would take private FM radio to 227 cities from the present 86. It would also allow a modest increase in foreign ownership of channels (from 20% to 26%). The private radio channels would also be allowed to carry All India Radio news bulletin.

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