Big FM Bangalore back on air after apology to Kannada film body

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has accepted Big FM Bangalore
station’s apology and has withdrawn the one month closure of broadcast demand that it had made to the station following certain remarks made by a listener towards a specific fraternity in the film industry.

92.7 Big FM had stopped broadcasting from 1 pm yesterday, but has recommenced broadcast from 1 pm today after the impasse with the film body got resolved amicably.

KFCC, irked by the listener’s on-air comments, had on 27 July taken a procession to the station demanding that it stop transmission for a month. Also, to force the issue, last week, the chamber had called for Kannada film industry-wide one day strike.

KFCC had refused to accept the apology that the station was willing to tender. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the KFCC has withdrawn its demand on condition that (1) Over the next 15 days, the station broadcast on air an apology every half an hour or so (2) The station publishes an apology in the local Kannada newspapers such as Vijay Karnataka and Prajavani, among others. At least 100 ads have been demanded by the KFCC, say industry sources.

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