Phase III policy guidelines for FM radio

1)      Extended FM radio services to 227 new cities

2)      Increased the foreign investment limit in private FM radio firms to 26 per cent from the current rate of 20 per cent. 

3)      In what could be a gradual opening up for private FM channels to news broadcasting, the government has decided to allow radio broadcasters to carry unedited news bulletins from All India Radio. 

4)      Local information – including traffic, weather, sports and cultural events, examinations, admissions and career counselling, as well as public announcements by the local administration – will be treated as non- news, and therefore free to air on private channels. 

5)      Several incentives have been provided to encourage bidding for licences in Jammu and Kasmir, North Eastern states and the island territories.

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