Private FM stations to carry AIR news on trial basis till May 31

The broadcasters will have to carry All India Radio news in an unaltered form and will have to give latter the credit

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 8, 2019 4:30 PM

Prasar Bharati has permitted private FM radio broadcasters to carry All India Radio news free of cost on a trial basis till May 31, 2019.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, who made the announcement on Monday, launched ‘Sharing of All India Radio News with Private FM Broadcasters’ in New Delhi on Tuesday. Private FM radio stations will be permitted to broadcast AIR news bulletins in English and Hindi. More than 100  private stations have already registered for it.

Any private FM broadcaster that intends to broadcast the news bulletins will first have to register with News Services Division: All India Radio on its website, according to information available on Prasar Bharati website.

The AIR news bulletins shall have to be carried in toto, in an unaltered form. The commercials which are broadcast during news bulletins shall also have to be carried along with the news in toto. Private FM broadcasters will have to give due credit to AIR for sourcing their news.

The private FM broadcasters will have to carry AIR news bulletins either simultaneously or deferred live by not more than 30 minutes. In case of deferred live, an announcement should precede that it is a deferred live broadcast. Broadcast of AIR news by any FM radio channel can be done only after accepting the terms & conditions, which can be found at

Speaking on the occasion, Rathore congratulated all officials of the I&B Ministry for the initiative. He said the priority of the government is to ensure awareness of people and therefore this service has been made available free of cost. Stating that an aware citizen is an empowered citizen, he added that this step is a collaborative effort towards bringing together all the radio stations of India to inform, educate and empower people.

A Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharati; Anuradha Prasad, President, Association of Radio Operators of India, and Ira Joshi, Director General, Doordarshan News were among those present at the launch in New Delhi on Tuesday.


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