AIR News to be broadcast on private FM channels

Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, announced the news in New Delhi; he emphasised that the radio has been popularised by PM Modi's ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme


Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Private FM channels will broadcast All India Radio News from today after the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shared the news at a function in New Delhi. 

Rathore told All India Radio News, “It is a positive and welcome step as radio is the biggest mass medium for citizens. AIR FM is covering 50 per cent of the population in the country and private FM channels are being given opportunities in different cities and towns.”


The minister said, the radio has been popularised again due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme. 

Rathore took on the opposition saying that from 2009 to 2014, the then UPA Government took 56 crore square centimetres of space in newspapers for advertisements and spent a huge amount on publicity. He added, “They even displayed the photographs of UPA chairperson, who was not even a constitutional authority.”

Meanwhile, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati had last week announced that it will be shutting down the All India Radio's national channel and regional training academies in five cities-- Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Shillong, and Thiruvananthapuram-- in an effort to cut costs and streamline operations. 

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