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I&B Minister Arun Jaitley hints at Phase III expansion of radio this financial year

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 I&B Minister Arun Jaitley hints at Phase III expansion of radio this financial year

I&B Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday that the government fully intends to  execute Phase III expansion of radio, as per media reports.

Jaitley said, “Some aspects are being considered between the I&B Ministry and the Regulator. And I’d like to see that happen quiet early.”

Commenting on FM phase III he said, “If I could have my way, it should be in this financial year because I now speak in both capacities. March 31st and some more revenue to the government has some relevance to me.” In context of the next Budget, Jaitley said that he has an additional reason to hurry up the process.

Reports state that on the proposal to allow broadcast of news on private FM radio stations, he said, "Let me consider this at length."

On the proposal to turn PCI into a Media council and whether he was in favour of it, Jaitley said such "drastic steps" are taken only if there is a menace. "The system is working fairly well," he added. On the topic of Prasar Bharati, Jaitley said the news programmes of Doordarshan cannot afford to have "TRP centric shrillness", which was a reference to private news channels.
He was quoted saying, "The shrillness of the private news channels actually gives to the print media an opportunity to strike back. Because the volume of news is getting lost. That I have created this news today and therefore must build it over the next three days, that's the policy of a private channel. So conventional news, in which there will be forty news why can't Prasar Bharati news channels go in and look for that space. After all what does the BBC do." 

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