Tuesday, July 04, 2006

India Straightens Out Phase II FM Frequencies

India's Financial Express is reporting that new private FM radio licensees under Phase II of the Government's allotment of frequencies are to be offered same frequency FM stations as long as they have eight stations across the country.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is finalising a list of frequencies to be alloted to over 40 companies.

Major beneficiaries will include Adlabs (45 stations), Entertainment Networks (India) Ltd (32 stations), MBPL (20 stations), Kal Radio (40 + stations), Synergy Media (17 stations) and BAG Infotainment (10 stations).

It is hard to understand why the bureaucrats did not make this arrangement from the very beginning of the allocation of Phase 11 FM broadcaster licenses. They did for Phase 1! That is the nature of Indian politics.

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