Govt to auction 831 radio channels for FM radio service

call-drops-indiaGovt’s has announced its plan to release additional airwaves for FM Radio channels 264 new cities across the country. The government has already approved first batch of the radio frequency auctions in for 69 cities and 135 channels under phase-III.

“The first batch auction will pave the way for FM Phase-III regime, which will bestow many new facilities on the operators. In Phase-III, licence will be for 15 years as against 10 years in Phase-II. Total FDI/FII allowed in new regime is 26 percent as compared to 20 per cent in Phase-II,” said Information and Broadcasting ministry.

TRAI has already given its recommendations on reserve price for the much-delayed auction of FM radio channels in 264 new cities. Trai has recommended reserve prices of Rs 3.1 core for FM radio channels in C-category cities and Rs 1.23 crore category D. The reserve price for 11 border cities in J&K and Northeast has been set at Rs 5 lakh per channel.

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The Phase-III expansion for FM Radio broadcasting aims at the introduction of private FM Radio channels in 253 new cities having a population of more than 1 lakh. It also includes 11 more cities in the boarder area which has the population less than 1 lakh located in J&K and North East. Govt plan to auction around 831 FM radio channels across 264 new cities in the country.

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Umamaheswaran P
December 28, 2015 3:21 pm 3:21 PM
There is no coverage of All India Radio FM except Kodaikanal (100.5MHZ). On 15.08.2015, Coimbatore AIR has launched FM Rainbow (103MHZ). From the starting date onwards I have intimated to the AIR officials in Coimbatore in person and letters that Coimbatore FM rainbow has not reached Erode. I have also demanded them to establish a relay Station in Erode. But no steps taken by them till date. But AIR Kodaikanal has established relay transmitters in Salem (103.7MHZ) and Thanjavur(101.2MHZ) and relayed their programmes, in which these towns has already clear coverage of Kodaikanal FM (100.5MHZ). Why AIR Coimbatore FM has… Read more »
Sathish Kumar
August 6, 2015 12:15 am 12:15 AM

Exclusive : Erode city gets 3 private FM radio channels in this phase III FM Radio e-auction…

Even these 3 Private FM Radio Studio also is now ready in erode city…

Because, In Erode district has over all biz turn over more than 800 Cr per day.

komara muthu
December 19, 2015 2:42 pm 2:42 PM

How many days in waiting ?

Ramalingam M
November 20, 2015 9:28 am 9:28 AM

whether e aution for Erode fm stations over

Sathish, Gobichettipalayam (TN)
April 1, 2015 7:46 pm 7:46 PM

Existing Public Broadcaster – AIR FM Radio Channels in Pudhucherry (PONDY), Chennai and Rest of Tamil Nadu.

1 Chennai 100.5 MHz (AIR Vividh Bharati), 101.4 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow), 102.3 MHz (AIR FM Gold)

2 Coimbatore – 103.0 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)

3 Dharmapuri- 102.5 MHz

4 Karaikal – 100.3 MHz

5 Kodaikanal – 100.5 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow) – (since 1 July 2000 covered 22 districts in Tamilnadu.

6 Madurai – 103.3 MHz

7 Nagercoil – 101 MHz

8 Ooty – 101.8 MHz

9 Rameshwaram – 100.1 MHz

10 Thanjavur – 101.2 MHz

11 Thiruchirappalli – 102.1 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)

12 Tirunelveli – 102.6 MHz & 100.1 MHz

13 Tirupattur (Vellore) – 100.1 MHz

14 Yercaud (Salem) – 103.7 MHz

15. Puducherri [Pondicherry] – 102.8 MHz / 101.3 MHz