Prasar Bharati signed an agreement with 16 private FM broadcasters on sharing of AIR transmission towers. Under this agreement, Prasar Bharati would provide AIR transmission towers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Vishakapatnam and Indore for a period of ten years from the date of commissioning of the transmitters.
The fee agreed upon is Rs 25 lakh per annum for each broadcaster, for the Delhi station while it is Rs 13.36 lakh for Kolkata and Chennai. Of the 16 stations, five would operate from Delhi, five from Kolkata, four from Chennai and one each from Vishakhapatnam and Indore.
The FM channels include Radio Mirchi for Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, Radio City for Delhi, Radio Today for Delhi and Kolkata, Radio Mid-Day for Delhi and Chennai, Millennium Radio for Delhi and Chennai, India FM for Kolkata, Vertex Radio for Kolkata, Vizag and Indore, Hitz FM for Kolkata and Sun Radio for Chennai.
According to official sources, the licence fee for the tower would be increased by 2.5 per cent a year while a uniform rate for land at Rs 8,000 per sq metre would be charged.
The broadcasters will also have to pay Rs one lakh each per annum for each station’s access and use of Prasar Bharati’s other facilities including roads. Any broadcaster can opt out of the agreement giving an 18-month notice to Prasar Bharati, which has a similar option.
Among the broadcasters who signed the agreement yesterday were Entertainment Network, Music Broadcast, Mid-Day Radio, Radio Today Calcutta Broadcasting, Millennium Broadcasting, India FM Radio, Vertex Broadcasting and Hitz FM Radio.