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FM Phase II: Sun group surrenders 27 stations; Adlabs gives up 13 stations

FM Phase II: Sun group surrenders 27 stations; Adlabs gives up 13 stations

Author | Asit Ranjan Mishra | Thursday, Feb 23,2006 7:30 AM

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FM Phase II: Sun group surrenders 27 stations; Adlabs gives up 13 stations

The Phase II of FM radio expansion has not been without its share of drama. In a somewhat surprising development, Reliance-owned Adlabs and Sun-promoted South Asia FM and Kal Radio have surrendered one extra station each than what they are allowed to keep.

As per the government provision, a single entity can hold a maximum of 15 per cent of the total allotted FM frequencies, which comes to 45. But, both Adlabs and and the Sun group have decided to keep 44 stations each.

Adlabs, which won 57 frequencies, surrendered 13 of them to the I&B Ministry. Similarly, the Sun group, which had a total of 71 stations in its kitty, including the four stations from the Phase I Radio expansion, surrendered 27 frequencies, keeping only 44, one less than the permitted number.

More surprisingly, Adlabs has surrendered the much sought after Cochin station for which it was the highest bidder with Rs 10 crore. When asked, Reliance Entertainment President, Rajesh Sawhney, said, "It was an expensive bid for us, that's why we decided to surrender it."

Out of the 11 D category cities it had won, most of them in the Eastern region, Adlabs has surrendered eight stations, keeping only Guwahati in the Eastern region.

Sun Group, on the other hand, has surrendered most of the non-South Indian cities, 14 out of the 27 being from the Western region alone.

Broadcaster’s Name

Name of City

No. Of Cities

M/s ADLABS FILMS Ltd

AGARTALA

13

AIZWAL

BILASPUR

COCHIN

GANGTOK

GORAKHPUR

IMPHAL

ITANAGAR

KOHIMA

MUZZAFARPUR

PORT BLAIR

SHILLONG

TIRUNELVELI

M/s SOUTH ASIA FM Ltd

AGARTALA

27

AHMEDNAGAR

AJMER

AKOLA

ALIGARH

BARELLY

BIKANER

BILASPUR

DAMAN

DHULE

GORAKHPUR

GWALIOR

IMPHAL

ITANAGAR

JALGAON

JHANSI

KOHIMA

KOTA

MUZZAFARPUR

NANDED

PORT BLAIR

ROURKELA

SAGAR

SANGLI

SHOLAPUR

SURAT

UDAIPUR

 

TOTAL

40

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