Prasar Bharati signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ispat Group’s Music Broadcast Private Ltd (MBPL). As per the MoU, Prasar Bharati will provide the All India Radio (AIR) tower to MBPL’s Radio City FM channel for co-location of transmitter.
It will allow MBPL to install its antenna and cable on the existing FM tower and also use the specified constructed area and land available at the Lucknow premises of AIR. MBPL has paid Rs 13.36 to AIR as the tower rent fee for a year. The agreement, which was signed by chief engineers (projects) and head AIR resources HO Srivastava and MBPL director Ashok Khinvasara.
This move will help MBPL set up a 10-kw FM transmitter and start Radio City FM transmission from Lucknow in a short time. It will be the second FM station for MBPL, with Star as its content provider. The first one was started in Bangalore some time ago.
MBPL has licence for six cities—Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Patna. While Radio City is already in place in Bangalore and Lucknow is expected to happen soon, other non-metros (Nagpur and Patna) are also in the pipeline.
Of the non-metros, MBPL has to go on its own in Mumbai for an interim arrangement because AIR won’t offer co-location in the city. For the facility in Delhi, among other metros, AIR will take a decision in about four days.
Regarding AIR plans of offering its towers to private FM operators in metros, Mr. Baijal said the technical feasibility of projects is under study. A decision is expected within next three to four days.
According to Mr. Baijal, the consultant —Triveni Structurals— has submitted its feasibility report on the tower-sharing aspect between AIR and private FM players in metros. It’s up to Prasar Bharati to act on the same now.