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India Affirms DRM Plans

AIR plans to use digital radio during 2010 Commonwealth Games coverage

India has reaffirmed is planned roll-out of a Digital Radio Mondiale digital transmitter network.

Speaking in early November, Minister of Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni said the country needs good radio connectivity for millions of Indians living in rural and far-flung areas and technology should be made accessible to them.

Meeting with DRM Chair Ruxandra Obreja and Project Director Vineeta Dwivedi in the Indian capital, Soni stressed the need for affordable DRM receivers for quick and efficient take-up of the technology.

During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, All India Radio (AIR) plans to air seven-and-a-half hours of live broadcasts each day. Senior officials at AIR told the DRM Consortium that DRM will have a role to play in AIR’s coverage of the games.

Currently, AIR airs 8 hours of DRM-encoded programming each day via shortwave.