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Medium, short wave may see slow death, FM to reign

20-December-2001
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Medium, short wave may see slow death, FM to reign

If one goes by the report of the working group on Information & Broadcasting for the Tenth Plan, it may be the end of short wave radio. Even the medium wave, with stations ranging from the ever-so-popular Vividh Bharati, Delhi A, Delhi B and Yuv Vani, would also fade out gradually. FM radio would be the only dominant force in the country.

Making a case for FM radio, the report of the working group on Information & Broadcasting for the Tenth Plan says that there is no need to expand short wave broadcasting any further except in the digital mode on experimental basis.

According to the report only those short wave services should be continued where intensive surveys justify their continuance.

According to the report which gives maximum weightage to FM radio, radio services are now primarily growing as local medium. Therefore, FM broadcasting, which has shorter reach as compared to medium wave but offers better reception quality than SW, is preferred over providing far and wide radio coverage.

Even as the report highlights the significance of FM radio in the current scenario, it cautiously maintains that existing medium wave services in the analogue mode have to be continued at least during the Tenth Plan because of strategic considerations.

Nevertheless, the group points out that the objective of the Tenth Plan should be to expand the FM radio coverage to 60 per cent of the population, from the present 30.29 per cent.

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