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Trai to finalise FM Radio recommendations today

30-July-2004
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Trai to finalise FM Radio recommendations today

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is likely to finalise recommendations for the second phase of private FM radio on Friday, according to Trai chairman Pradip Baijal. There are certain doubts within the ‘Authority’ in relation to FM radio, he told FE. The Trai meeting, scheduled for Friday, is expected to clear the doubts, Mr Baijal claimed.

The recommendations would then be passed on to the government by Trai. Next, the government proposals must get the Cabinet approval.

Mr Baijal was non-committal on the thrust of the recommendations.

On whether Trai would recommend a revenue-sharing model and whether news would be part of the private FM radio menu, the Trai chairman refused to comment.

However sources in the information and broadcasting ministry say that the government is likely to take a conservative view of things, irrespective of what Trai recommends.

Last year, a panel headed by Ficci secretary general Amit Mitra had formulated a report, suggesting a shift from the current licence fee regime to a revenue-sharing model.

Among all other things, the Mitra committee was in favour of allowing news in private FM radio. The report was passed on to Trai, for seeking its recommendations in the matter.

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