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FM transmission coverage to be expanded to 65% in 2 years: Rathore

MUMBAI: Giving a boost to the FM radio industry, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said that the FM transmission coverage will be expanded from 42 per cent to 65 per cent in the next two years.

Inaugurating an FM transmitter (Amber channel) of Akashwani Jaipur, Rathore said broadcast from AIR Jaipur can now be heard up to 50 km range of the city on 101.2 MHZ.

“FM transmission is available to about 42 per cent area in the country which will increase to 65 per cent in two years,” he said.

The government is making efforts and FM transmission will be increased in the next two years. As per the FM Phase III policy, FM radio broadcasters are allowed to broadcast news bulletins from AIR.

Rathore said that no decision has been taken yet on allowing private FM channels to broadcast news.

The Minister further stated that the government’s priority was to conduct transparent auction for the FM radio channels. While the first batch of auctions has been held, the auction for the new cities is slated to come up in 2016.

Rathore also informed that the government is planning to set up a campus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) at Jaipur.