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Delhi HC grants Red FM further relief till 9 Feb

MUMBAI: Giving a breather to Digital Radio Broadcasting, an associate company of Kalanithi Maran’s Sun TV Network that operates private FM radio brand Red FM, the Delhi High Court has once again extended relief to Red FM till 9 February.

The extension allows Red FM to broadcast in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata till 9 February, reports Mint.

As reported earlier by TelevisionPost.com, the licence for Red FM was slated to expire on 30 September. With the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) refusing to grant security clearance to the radio company to migrate from Phase II to Phase III, the operator approached the High Court who granted the radio network relief till 18 November.

Justice RS Endlaw, who extended the licence, stated that Red FM be allowed to maintain and operate its FM radio channel under Phase II regime until further orders.

In another order, the HC said that the non-sending of letter by the MIB informing them about the non-refundable one-time migration fee (NOTMF) should not amount to prejudicing Red FM’s right to migrate. Thus, they can continue to be in Phase II until the migration fee is notified to them and can migrate after paying the fee.

The MIB had rejected the radio network’s application to participate in Phase III auctions, stating it had not received security clearance from the Home Ministry.

The FM station approached the court in July against this move, which quashed the government order.