Minister of State for Information and Broadcast, Prakash Javadekar brought some good news for private FM broadcasters’ on Thursday. He declared that his ministry might allow private FM stations to broadcast news bulletins obtained from sources other than All India Radio.
Union Minister- Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar was speaking during an event in New Delhi on 19th June. CEOs from several media and entertainment companies attended this event.
The Union Minister of State interacted with CEOs and spoke about current rules set by the UPA government which do not allow privately held FM stations to broadcast news. Prakash Javadekar assured everyone that this issue is close to his heart, and he will soon take some positive decisions to allow FM stations to broadcast news.
The Union Minister of State also shared information about Phase-III expansion of FM radio in the country. He said that the government wants private FM stations to offer their service in additional 200 cities. He further said that the government will soon start 1000 community radio stations, and suggested that All India Radio should focus on hiring new talent.
Industry experts suggest that this step taken by I & B Ministry will help in creating hundreds of new jobs in media and entertainment industry.
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