FM broadcasters to air woes to I&B ministry

FM broadcasters to air woes to I&B ministry


New Delhi:Radio broadcasters having stakes in the FM Phase-II scheme are going to take up the issue of poor quality of work at some stations across the country with the government.

According to sources the information and broadcasting ministry has agreed to look into the grievances of the broadcasters.

The ministry made the co-location of transmitters mandatory for all Phase-II operators in all cities where Prasar Bharati towers are available and where work pertaining to the Common Transmission Infrastructure (CTI) is being executed by Broadcast Engineers Consultants India Limited (BECIL).

The ministry recently reviewed the progress of work under Phase-II during a project coordination committee meeting held recently.

The sources said BECIL informed the ministry that CTI was operational in 41 of 78 cities covered by the project and would be ready in the remaining cities by the first week of October.

The proposed meeting between the government and Phase-II operators will review the progress of work at various levels, the sources said.

They are likely to take up for discussion the submission of operationalization reports with respect to already functioning stations, they said.