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Mid-Day challenges STAR India’s right to use of its FM brand

18-June-2001
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Mid-Day challenges STAR India’s right to use of its FM brand

Mid-Day Multimedia has challenged STAR’s right to use the brand name Radio One since it owns the copyright to the name. Music Broadcast Private Limited (MBPL), STAR India’s radio venture with PK Mittal, which currently goes under the brand name Radio One may have to undergo a change of name.

It is understood that Mid-Day has intimated MBPL on the issue. MBPL has, in the meantime, moved a caveat in the Bangalore High Court in anticipation of legal proceedings being initiated by Mid-Day.

Radio One, as a Mid-Day owned copyright, started programmes on New Delhi’s FM station in 1995. The issue assumes significance, since MBPL is scheduled to launch the first private FM station in Bangalore on June 29. MBPL, promoted by PK Mittal, has a content and airtime sales management contract with STAR India.

MBPL meanwhile has applied to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting with an alternative set of brandnames. In the meantime, a landmark agreement has been signed between the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) and MBPL for copyright charges of the Bangalore FM radio station.

This is the first instance of an agreement being signed between IPRS and a private company setting up a radio station.

The IPRS is a body that comprises music companies, lyricists and composers. This leaves MBPL to reach an agreement with Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL), before the Bangalore station starts broadcast on June 29. The station in Bangalore will be the first from MBPL. The company plans private FM stations in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Patna over a period of time.

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