EC approves airing political ads on private FM channels

EC approves airing political ads on private FM channels
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First Published: Fri, Nov 21 2008. 10 49 PM IST

 Clearing air: Chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami. S. Irfan / PTI
Clearing air: Chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami. S. Irfan / PTI
Updated: Fri, Nov 21 2008. 10 49 PM IST
New Delhi: Political advertisements can finally be aired on private FM channels. The Election Commission of India, or EC, on Friday approved revised amendments to the radio advertising code.
Clearing air: Chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami. S. Irfan / PTI
“The EC has issued instructions to all Chief Electoral Officers informing them that the committee competent to scrutinize TV ads will also deal with applications for pre-broadcast scrutiny of political advertisements for radio, also during the period when the model code of conduct is in operation,” an EC statement said.
Mint on 19 November reported that the ministry of information and broadcasting had cleared a revised proposal to amend the programme code for radio and sent it to the EC for approval. The commission had earlier sent back the proposal put up by the ministry because it wanted some clarifications even while emphasising that airing of political ads on radio did not go against its code of conduct. With the commission giving its consent, coming state polls, which will be followed by general elections next year, will likely see extensive use of radio for campaigning.
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First Published: Fri, Nov 21 2008. 10 49 PM IST