The government has initiated proceedings to amend a clause relating to co-location of transmitters for private FM radio. The step has been necessitated, as the FM radio policy involving private players, cleared by Cabinet in July 1999, did not have any provision for temporary transmission towers. As per the original clause, the radio transmitters had to be co-located in the metros.
The FM radio initiative which permitted private players to set up FM radio stations in 40 cities, hit roadblock when some of the companies, subsequent to auctioning of licences, went to the court contesting various clauses.
The prolonged legal battle had prompted some players like Music Broadcast Private Limited, Mid-Day and Sumangali, to approach the I&B ministry seeking temporary relief in the form of permission to put up temporary transmission towers.
Meanwhile, the country’s first private FM radio station by Music Broadcast, under the name of Radio City will be inaugurated by I&B minister, Sushma Swaraj in Bangalore this month.