New Delhi: The Private FM Channels got permission from the government to air the All India Radio (AIR) free of cost, and on trail basis, till May 31.
“Private FM Radio broadcasters would be permitted to broadcast All India Radio (AIR) News bulletins, in English or Hindi as per the list of bulletins given in news schedule, subject to certain terms and conditions,” an Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry release said.
The Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) while announcing the initiative said that thecollaborative effort will “inform, educate and empower the citizens of India”. “The priority of the government is to ensure awareness of people, he said, adding an aware citizen is an empowered citizen.”
It was notified by the I & B that any Private FM broadcaster which intends to broadcast the news bulletins will first have to register with News Services Division of All India Radio on its website http://newsonair.com at then have to click on the Register Now tab.
“The AIR News bulletins shall have to be carried in full, 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 and carry AIR news bulletins either simultaneously or deferred live by not more than 30 minutes.
President, Association of Radio Operators of India, Anuradha Prasad showed her gratitude towards the Government for accepting the long-standing demand of private radio broadcasters to present news on their platform.