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India Accepting Applicants for Private FM Channels

Information and Broadcasting ministry offering 266 channels in 92 cities

A total of 266 private FM radio channels are available as part of a radio broadcasting expansion in India, announced the country’s Information and Broadcasting ministry.

DNA India reports that I&B is now accepting applicants for an e-auction for the channels that are part of the FM Phase III expansion. The ministry has also announced that it will offer special incentives to 36 channels in 14 cities in Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern states.

The e-auction will consist of 227 channels in 69 new cities and 39 channels in 23 existing cities. Applications will be due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 1. Eligibility criteria, application procedures and specific information on the channels being offered are highlighted by the Notice Inviting Applications, issued by I&B on Monday June 20 June.

DNA India reports that the statement also informs potential applicants that the annual fee for the channels in these areas will be available at half the rate for the first three years, as well as provision of Prasar Bharati Infrastructure at half the lease rentals.