//Govt clears expansion of community radio

Govt clears expansion of community radio

Govt clears expansion of community radio

16 Nov, 2006 PTI

NEW DELHI: Aiming to put in place a vibrant community radio system in the country, government on Thursday approved expansion of such radio stations by non-profit organisations after ensuring security clearances from the Defence and Home Ministries.

"The community radio will not include news casting and current affairs programme and will be dealt with comprehensively by an inter-ministerial group represented by Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and HRD," Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.

He made it clear that individuals, political parties or their affiliates and trade unions would not be allowed to operate community radio stations (CRS).

Organisations with profit motive will also stay outside the purview of the CRS, he said.

Stating that 15 radio stations have so far come into operation since 2002 when the previous NDA government approved the concept, Dasmunsi said the UPA government aimed to strengthen the service.

He said this decision has been taken after considering the recommendation of a Group of Ministers headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.


The PIB Release is here 
Grant of Permission for Community Radio Broadcasting 
The Union Cabinet today decided to grant permission for setting up of  community Radio Stations to non-profit organizations and educational  institutions as per the eligibility, procedure and terms and  conditions given below: 
I.      The following types of organizations would be eligible to apply for Community Radio licenses: 
a) Community based organizations, which satisfy the following basic principles: 
i)      It should be explicitly constituted as a 'non-profit' organization  and shall have a proven record of at least three years of service to  the local community. 
ii)     The Community Radio Station (CRS) to be operated by it should be designed to serve a specific well-defined local community. 
iii)    It should have an ownership and management structure and is  reflective of the community that the CRS seeks to serve. 
iv)     Programmes for broadcast should be relevant to the educational, developmental, social and cultural needs of the community. 
v)      It must be a legal Entity i.e., it should be registered (under the registration of Societies Act or any other such act relevant to the  purpose. 
These would include civil society and voluntary organizations, State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras,  Registered Societies and Autonomous Bodies and Public Trusts registered under Societies Act or any other such act relevant for the purpose. Registration at the time of application should be at least three years old. 
b) Educational institutions. 
II.     The following would not be eligible to run a CRS: 
a.      Individuals; 
b.      Political parties and their affiliate organizations; including students, women's trade unions and other wings affiliated to these  parties. 
c.      Organizations operating with a motive to earn profit; 
d.      Organizations expressly banned by the Union and State Governments. 
The Cabinet also authorized the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to finalize the terms & conditions and procedures. 
This decision will give the following benefits:- 
i)      A strong and vibrant Community Radio system will enhance pluralism and sustain diversity of cultures and languages. 
ii)     Strengthen decentralization and participatory governance and enable dialogues within communities. 
iii)    Dissemination of information to the rural communities about the issues related to agriculture, education, health, social welfare etc. 

Indian radio industry minuscule: PwC

Globally, India and China are expected to generate 48% of the overall growth in radio advt
Fiancial Express, Thursday, November 16, 2006

NEW DELHI, NOV 15:  Even as there are plans to open over 1,000 private FM stations in the next five years, the share of Indian radio industry will be a miniscule 0.5% of the share in the global radio market by 2010.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates the global radio industry to cross $58.8 billion in next four years, whereas India will be able to generate $237 million in the same duration.

Currently, the global radio industry is pegged at $44.6 billion with US having the maximum share of 32% followed by Europe (26%) and Asia-Pacific region (12%), said the PWC report.

Globally, both India and China are expected to generate 48% of the overall growth in radio advertising during the next five years. In China radio advertising stood at 15.1% in 2005.

“Radio advertising in China is projected to expand by 16.4% compounded annually through 2010, with a 23.7% upward swing in 2008 related to Olympic Games advertising,” the PWC report said. At present, Rs 350 crore worth of revenue is generated from FM radio industry in India. "Indian radio was totally under the government's control for a long time. It will take at least 10 years for us to get into an organised business sector matching UK, Germany or the US," an industry observer said.

For global radio industry, PwC forecast a slowdown owing to public radio license fees. “The public radio license fee will hold down increases in Europe and Asia Pacific to 3.3% and 4.2%, respectively, while compound annual increases of 8.8%, 8.1%, and 7.4% are projected for Canada, Latin

America, and the United States, respectively,” PwC said in its report. According to PwC, digital broadcasting will pay a key role in improving radio advertising across the globe but its positive impact will be partially offset by growing audience fragmentation that will dampen ad rates. Satellite radio is projected to boost spending in the United States and Canada and provide modest incremental revenue in Asia Pacific, PwC said.

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