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Prasar Bharati, IGNOU signs MoU to launch FM network

03-August-2001
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Prasar Bharati, IGNOU signs MoU to launch FM network

Prasar Bharati and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday to launch the educational FM radio network—Gyan Vani—in the country. At the signing ceremony, Prasar Bharati CEO, Anil Baijal called it a win-win situation for both parties.

In all, 40 stations will be set up over two years. By the end of this year, at least 12 stations will be operational, officials said. The cost of setting up each station is around Rs 1 crore. Although the educational network is seen as a public service, IGNOU is open to the idea of sponsorship.

While content will come from IGNOU, Prasar Bharati will provide the technical infrastructure.

The MoU comes in the midst of a controversy surrounding the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s response on the cost-cutting recommendations of the Expenditure Reforms Commission to the finance ministry.

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