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India Set to Monitor FM Content

With the increase of FM stations, the government sees need for more control

According to news reports, the Indian government intends to monitor program content broadcast on FM radio stations.

Uday Kumar Varma, secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, explained that as nearly 800 more FM channels are likely to arise in the coming years, there was an increased need to monitor radio content.

“The whole world of monitoring of radio content is still to be handled and addressed in a meaningful manner,” Varma said while speaking at an event that took place at the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) in New Delhi.

“We do have a mechanism but I think we need to keep that mechanism evolving. With 800+ FM channels expected to come in the next one to three years, there will be quite a handful that will need to be addressed.”

Varma also said that private channels would soon receive permission to broadcast news, which makes the need to monitor content important.

“They will begin with AIR news but they may be allowed to generate and broadcast local news, and that would have several manifestations which will need to be monitored,” he said.

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