Digital broadcasters Vendor News has learned that press reports from Kolkata (Calcutta) in recent weeks indicate that the media group, [ABP Pvt Ltd] will launch its FM radio station in the city in the second half of this year.
ABP successfully bid for FM Radio licenses in the Phase Two auction by the Indian Government earlier this year via its subsidiary [Ananda Offset]. The others players who successfully bid in the second round of bidding for private FM radio licences were Ablabs, HT Music, Radio Today and Radio Mid-Day.
APB moved into television in 2003 with a 74 per cent stake in Media Content and Communications India Pvt Ltd. The company now operates Star News and Star Ananda, the leading 24-hour Bengali news channels launched in June last year.
In related media, ABP launched anandautsav.com in 2003. The group also owns Heyya, a mobile internet portal launched in November 2005.