Private FM radio licencees in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai will not be allowed to set up individual interim operations in the three metros, as desired by them. Dashing the hopes of the licencees, the government has decided to grant no concessions to the FM players in these cities.
The licencees in the three metros had requested the government for permission to begin their individual FM businesses on an interim basis, till they could co-locate their transmitters on the All India Radio (AIR) towers. But the government has conveyed its decision to the FM players that they would have to co-locate their transmitters in the three cities. And that till the time they’re able to co-locate, no interim set-up will be allowed. The date for paying the licence fee will not be extended beyond August 29.
Earlier, the government had granted a concession to the Mumbai FM radio licencees as AIR Mumbai could not offer its tower for co-location of private players’ transmitters.
The private FM players who will be hit by the government decision include the Mid-Day group, Radio Today of the Living Media group, Music Broadcast (Star-Ispat venture) and Entertainment Network of the Bennett Coleman group.