Broadcast Engineering Consultants
India Ltd., (Becil) has signed a contract with two
broadcasting companies -- Entertainment Network of the
Bennett, Coleman & Company and Music Broadcast Pvt.
Ltd. of the Ispat Group, for setting up their FM radio
stations in 12 non-metro centres. Out of these 12
centres, eight are for Entertainment Network and four
for Music Broadcast.
Becil also recently signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with all the players
in the metros for the permanent FM radio set-ups.
As reported earlier, Music Broadcast has already
launched its first FM radio station in Bangalore and is
is currently working on the remaining three non-metro
centres--Lucknow, Nagpur and Patna. Entertainment
Network, which has eight licenses in the non-metros,
is likely to begin transmission around September. In
the Entertainment Network stable, Indore may be the
first FM station to be commissioned. Ahmedabad will
Even as companies have signed up
for the non-metro centres, the licensees for the metro
stations are still awaiting a clearance from the
government to set up interim radio stations.