Govt. Allows Private FM Channels To Use All India Radio News

The Government of India, in a historic move, has allowed private FM channels to use and carry All India Radio News for their broadcasting. The service will be offered free of cost on a trial basis till 31st May, 2019.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore today launched the sharing of All India Radio News with private FM broadcasters.

Private FM Radio broadcasters would be permitted to broadcast All India Radio (AIR) News bulletins, in English and Hindi, the ministry said in a statement.

Any Private FM broadcaster which intends to broadcast the news bulletins will first have to register with News Services Division: All India Radio on its website at the Register Now tab. 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.

“The priority of the Government is ensuring 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 of bringing together all the Radio Stations of India to inform, educate and empower people,” Rathore said.

Through a televised message, Chairman, Prasar Bharati Shri A. Surya Prakash termed the initiative significant in this era of collaboration and convergence. President, Association of Radio Operators of India, Ms. Anuradha Prasad thanked the Government for accepting the long standing demand of private radio broadcasters to present news on their platform.

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