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I&B may allow community radio service soon

05-June-2002
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I&B may allow community radio service soon

The Information & Broadcasting ministry is considering a proposal to allow community radio services in the country, wherein the private sector would be allowed to set up radio transmission services targeted at specific communities such as businessmen, students and the like. Besides, a locality may also be allowed to start the services.

The government also expects that this would provide an incentive for the private sector to participate in the otherwise costly roll-out of the radio transmission business.

The government expects that specific business sector such as the share market operators, commodity traders and other sectors like students can make effective utilisation of this service.

Some of the community radio stations in the west even address criminality, homosexuality and poverty apart from education, art, culture and music. In Europe, community radio began as an unlicensed service in the late seventies and today has a mix of both legal and illegal operators.

Many pirate broadcasters chose for legalisation while others like Radio 100 in Amsterdam, Contrabanda FM in Spain and Radio Mouvance in Paris decided to stay illegal because they did not want to comply with the legal regulations.

Source: Business Standard

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