The radio operators, who have been allotted frequencies under Phase II of FM expansion, formally created the Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI), the FM radio industry body, on Friday.
AROI would be a registered, non-profit, non-governmental society dedicated to protect the common and collective interests of FM radio broadcasters, informed its coordinator Rajiv Mishra, CEO, BAG Infotainment.
As reported by exchange4media earlier, a preparatory meeting of the players was held on March 15, which was attended by over 36 of the 45 allottees, and the few who could not attend it had conveyed their concurrence to joining the association.
An 11-member ‘Constituent Assembly’ was formed to propose the constitution of the association. The members include Praveen Malhotra of Adlabs Radio, Uday Chawla of Radio Today Broadcasting Ltd, Pankaj Makkar of South Asia FM Ltd,
Aman Nanda of ENIL (Radio Mirchi), Amit Jain of BAG Infortainment, Ashok Narayan of Syntech Informatics, Sanjay Prasad of Ananda Offset Pvt Ltd, Rajiv Mishra of BAG Infotainment Ltd, Harpreet Singh of HT Music, Rajeev Masih of Rajasthan Patrika, Kamal Mehta of Kushal Global Ltd, K.S.S. Murthy of Malayala Manorama, Rahul Gupta of Shri Puran Multimedia, and Gitanjali Sehgal of Ventury Communication Ltd.
Radio Today Broadcasting Ltd’s Manoj Bhargava has been appointed as Secretary to the Committee.
The Association will meet again on March 29 to adopt the constitution and elect or nominate the first office bearers.
AROI will have a core Executive Council and will be supported by several Committees such as Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Finance and Commercial Committee, Technology Committee, Dispute Settlement Committee, etc. The day-to-day affairs will be managed by office bearers of the Association.
“We have asked for rational and balanced representation in Council and Committees where representation from each geographical zone, preferably from each state, should be adequate. Representation of C and D category operators will be adequate as well,” said Mishra.
Meanwhile, the Association stressed on rationalisation of music rights and tax holiday for the FM radio industry at its meeting on Friday.