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Suryan FM files writ petition in HC over licence expiry, gets relief till 16 June

MUMBAI: Sun TV Network’s Tamil Nadu-based radio brand Suryan FM filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court to obtain interim relief after its business licence recently expired.

Hearing the petition as an urgent matter, the court granted relief to Suryan FM till 16 June 2015.

Suryan FM approached the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for renewal, but the request of security clearance from the operator was put on hold, probably because of the controversies around the telecom case, stated a source.

Other radio operators whose licences were also expiring around the same time had approached the ministry and got the security clearance required to continue operations as an FM service provider.

Upon hearing the petition, the court granted the FM radio operator relief in the matter till 16 June 2015. With the auctions slated to be held in May, the migration process will commence after the bidding process, thus putting an end to the problems for radio operators whose licences are expiring.

The 10-year licences of most radio operators have started expiring since 31 March 2015. Given the delay in the first batch of the FM radio e-auctions, radio players are seeking interim relief to continue operations.