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Private FM to be allowed to carry news sourced from AIR

Private FM radio channels will soon be allowed to broadcast news but will have to source it from the All India Radio (AIR), a senior government official said on Monday.

“In a short time private FM (radio) channels will be able to carry news as these channels will be allowed to broadcast news bulletins of the All India Radio, unaltered,” Additional Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Rajiv Takru told reporters here.

While he did not elaborate on the time frame, Takru said the government is working on different modules, including designing two minutes news capsules for the private FM channels, in case they are unable to carry fifteen minutes bulletin broadcast by AIR.

“AIR will monetise this initiative,” he said, adding, the government is also considering to allow live sports commentary on the private stations but did not provide details.

At present private radio stations are not allowed to broadcast news. The government”s new move comes at a time when it is in the process of finalising the process for the third phase of FM radio expansion in India.

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