Archive for the ‘fm’ Category

DD-AIR digitization 1st Phase to cost Rs.15.28bn

September 2, 2010

The first phase of digitization of Prasar Bharti’s two wings Doordarshan and All India Radio requires an amount of Rs. 15.28 billion. This first phase will last till year 2013. Out of this amount, Rs.6.2 billion will be spent on DD and the rest Rs.9.08 billion will be allotted to AIR. Reports

A total of 40 transmitters will undergo digitization in this first phase. Along with this, digitization of 70MW transmitters of AIR will also be done in this phase. Replacement of 34 old FM transmitters, setting up of 130 new digital compatible transmitters, 9 short wave transmitters and 98 studio centres will be done.

Year 2017 has been set as the completion year for the digitization process of both DD and AIR

82 community radio stations operational till 31 July

August 21, 2010

A total of 82 community radio stations have become operational in India, according to data available till 31 July.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has so far issued 233 Letters of Intent and 110 organisations have been signed Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) with the Ministry.
The number of community radio stations was 57 in May 2010.

This was announced by Minister of State for I&B CM Jatua while launching the “Online Application System” for Community Radio Stations, developed by Ministry in association with Commonwealth Educational Centre for Asia (CEMCA).

The applicants can now apply online by clicking the hyperlink on the Ministry’s home page. In order to bring further transparency in the system, it is also proposed to develop an online tracking system through which applicants can trace the status of their applications through a Pass Word and ID.

This is a simple software which can be accessed easily from anywhere in the country by a person who is interested to apply on line. For the benefit of the applicants, a filled-in model application is also available on line.

The application can be simultaneously sent to Ministries concerned for quicker clearance. It will facilitate quicker and easier communication with the applicant organisations through their email IDs provided with the Online System.

The Ministry will get a daily update on the total number of applications filed category-wise and State-wise.

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

August 3, 2010

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.

Pakistan bans BBC Urdu service news bulletins in the country over FM

May 4, 2010

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has banned broadcast of BBC Urdu News bulletins over 24 partner FM stations of the BBC.

BBC World Service has been ordered to cease the broadcasting of BBC Urdu service’s news bulletins on 24 out of its 34 FM partner stations in Pakistan. PERMA has mentioned that the decision has been relayed to the broadcaster as per the orders from the government.

The BBC has showed concerns over the action and believes that the 24 FM partner stations completed all the required paperwork for PEMRA last October and calls on the Pakistan authorities to allow the stations to resume BBC Urdu news bulletins so that audiences in Pakistan can have access to the BBC’s impartial and editorially independent news.

In a statement released by the Company, BBC says, “The BBC is concerned that the millions of radio listeners in Pakistan who turn to the BBC for unbiased and objective news and information will be the most affected by this decision.”

The BBC will monitor the situation closely and continue to support its partners in getting BBC programmes back on air. The broadcasts were earlier banned by Pakistan’s television and radio regulator in 2007, but were re-allowed in 2008.

DB Corp’s MY FM to be conferred with 2010 International Broadcasting Excellence Award: NAB SHOW 2010

May 4, 2010

India’s Dainik Bhaskar Group’s radio vertical MY FM along with Sri Lanka’s Shree FM will be conferred with the 2010 NAB International Broadcasting Excellence Award at this year’s 2010 NAB Show.

The award by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) for America recognizes international broadcasters that have demonstrated excellent leadership and originality in serving their audience through broadcast advancement or remarkable service to the community.

The 94.3 MY FM has been serving the community, dedicating its airwaves to several philanthropic initiatives aimed at helping it’s listening. MY FM is part of one of India’s reputed media organisations Dainik Bhaskar Corporation. With a broadcast network that spans 17 cities and seven states, MY FM successfully coordinated large-scale blood collection drives and clothing donation centers. A 10-day warm clothes drive alone provided clothes to more than 10,000 homes and spanned across three cities. The station also successfully initiated a voter education effort, launching a creative campaign to reach listeners with information on the importance of their vote.

Shree FM, one of the most popular stations in Sri Lanka, has participated in several programs aimed at providing health care assistance to its listening audience. In 2008, Shree FM launched Shree Sathkaraka Rohala (Shree Mobile Medical Camp), which assists citizens living in economically-challenged communities with free health care services. A program solely financed through the radio station, Shree FM provided nearly $200,000 in medical services, assisting more than 57,000 individuals through the initiative.

Broadcasters across the globe consistently touch the lives of viewers and listeners in the towns and cities they serve. The NAB International Broadcasting Excellence Awards was established to help recognize those radio or television stations that demonstrate exceptional leadership and commendable dedication to their surrounding communities and listeners. A complete list of previous award recipients is available here.

The NAB Show will take place 10-15 April, 2010 in Las Vegas. It is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

WorldSpace Radio now plans to de-orbit its satellites

May 4, 2010

WorldSpace, the operator of the satellite radio which remains in the bankruptcy, has filed an emergency motion with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to “de-orbit” its two satellites. In a statement WorldSpace has shown urgency towards de-commissioning the satellites that cater to Asian and African region.

WorldSpace plans to either de-orbit or sell ‘AfriStar’ and ‘AsiaStar’ satellites after receiving due to permission from the court. In the filing the company says that the satellites need to be removed immediately from orbit to prevent damage to both the Satellites and equipment in orbit owned and operated by others.

On the other hand Liberty Satellite Radio, a unit of Liberty Media that has been funding the operations of WorldSpace in the state of bankruptcy, has mentioned that it will not provide any more funds to WorldSpace. It has been reported that Liberty has terminated transaction negotiations between the two companies.

Once the approval is sought by the court, WorldSpace will de-orbit the two satellites by disconnecting them and will be sent to a graveyard orbit safe from damaging other satellites. The bankruptcy court judge, Peter Walsh, will hear the application this coming Wednesday, March 24.

Hello FM is now Radio Hello FM

August 13, 2009

Keeping an eye on the phase III FM rollout, Hello (106.4) FM, owned by Malar Publications Group, has changed its name to Radio Hello (106.4) FM. The Tamil Nadu-based radio venture, which till now was more inclined towards the Tamil language, has decided to focus on colloquial language.

Rajeev Nambiar, chief executive officer and president, Radio Hello FM, explains to us that the radio station was better known by its frequency rather than the brand name. However, as the brand equity is built now, it was the right decision to focus on brand name rather than frequency.

Nambiar says, “We decided to reduce the usage of regional language, when and where it is not required. While we still continue to be a Tamil-centric station, we are dropping heavy Tamil words and will now use many of the English phrases.”

Nambiar adds that the radio station will now focus on metro Tamil audience rather than the rural Tamil segment. The rebranding effort started since the end of July across all the stations of the group in cities such as Chennai, Kovai, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Nellai, Tuticorin and Puducherry.

The FM station has renamed its breakfast show as Hello Cafe. For the 11 pm-12 am slot, it has launched a new show, called Hello Gramophone, which is about nostalgic retro numbers.

For the programming on the station, the channel has also tied up with BBC Radio, whereby the latter will provide 90 second capsules throughout the day on Bollywood, sports, lifestyle and other topics. The show is called Hello Nimisham BBC Vishayam, and will go on air from August 17.

Recently, the station has also started a radio contact activity, called Aircel College Semastar, wherein the radio jockeys (RJs) of all the stations of Radio Hello will go to 91 colleges across Tamil Nadu and identify about 5,000 people, who could probably make their mark in the field of radio.

SFM rebranded as Red FM

August 13, 2009

In what is being pegged as one of the biggest rebranding exercises across private radio stations, SFM has been rebranded as Red FM. All the 38 stations of SFM – which comprise 23 stations of South Asia FM (SAFL), 14 stations of Kal Radio and one station of Udaya FM – will undergo a change in identity.

With this, the rebranded Red FM will have a total of 41 stations in its kitty, including Red FM’s existing stations in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. The new brand identity of the radio venture will be unveiled on August 14 in the North, East and West regions; and in the South, the new brand will go on-air on August 17.

K Shanmugam, chief executive officer of the unified Red FM, says, “Consolidating our radio FM business under the Red FM brand was a strategic move by us to offer pan-India audience a single, strong brand representation. This will help us unify our programming across key cities and help garner a larger share of ears.”

“Advertisers can now reach out to a wider listener base and can capitalise on the unique Red FM programme format. Launching the brand nationally fulfills our vision of creating the single largest FM radio station network across the country.” Shanmugam says.

The exercise will result in a shift in the programming style, content, format and presentation of the stations. All the rebranded stations will incorporate Red FM’s theme and the tagline of ‘Red FM, Bajate raho’.

According to the company, which has a footprint in 16 states, the network reaches more than 20 million listeners. To communicate the change in identity, the rebranded station has lined up a series of marketing activities, including ATL, BTL and OOH initiatives, in all the cities where the new Red FM has its presence.

The stations which will come under the rebranding exercise are: Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Gulbargha, Kochi, Trivandrum, Trissur, Kannur, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, Warangal, Rajmundry, Tirupathi, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Bhuvaneshwar, Asansol, Siliguri, Kolkata, Gangtok, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Shillong, Aizawl and New Delhi.

Sunny Deol slaps legal notice on Big FM

August 6, 2009

Actor Sunny Deol has sent a legal notice to Mumbai radio station Big FM for allegedly making a mockery of him in ‘Son Sunny’, a popular filler on the radio station which is a spoof on Sunny Deol and his father Dharmendra.

The actor has claimed damages of Rs two billion on the station. The show has an artiste who mimics Sunny and Dharmendra, having an imagined conversation and thus entertaining the listeners. It has been on air for over six months now and Sunny has decided to sue the station for the humour capsule which according to him is in ‘bad taste’ and ‘below the belt’. The actor has sent a legal notice to the station on 1 August 2009 asking it to pull the capsule off air.

If adequate steps will not be taken by the station within a week, the actor will file a lawsuit against the station, he said in a media conference held in Mumbai on Tuesday. “The station should not have undertaken such cheap comedy. The show is on air for quite sometime. But since it didn’t go off air I had to take the legal course to put an end to something that insulted me and my family,” said Sunny. “I was busy myself and also I thought it would be pulled off on its own after sometime but since that did not happen for a long time teaching them a lesson became important,” he further added.

The actor’s lawyer Ashok Sarogi said, “We have sent a notice as a preventive action to the station for the cheap publicity that they have resorted to. The notice puts forth liquated damages of Rs two billion.” Big FM officials have declined to comment on the issue.

Gyan Vani to add 11 more FM radio stations soon

August 6, 2009

The number of Gyan Vani FM Radio channels set up by the Human Resources Development Ministry and the Indira Gandhi National Open University with the help of Prasar Bharati will go up to 37 shortly, with 11 more channels coming up in Phase-1.

These 37 stations, with a radius of 60 to 70 km, are dedicated FM stations for education and broadcast programmes of interest to students. Some of these are located in places such as Jabalpur, Raipur, Guwahati, Shillong, etc. which have significant remote areas with tribal population in their reach.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan told Parliament on Tuesday that as the broadcasts usually reach the villages and areas surrounding the main town in which they are located, they are tailored to cater to the needs of this population in the remote areas.

All India Radio sources said the channels have been established by Prasar Bharati as turnkey solutions to IGNOU. Infrastructure like land, building and tower has also been leased out to Gyan Vani stations.

According to IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai, two channels of IGNOU’s Gyan Darshan – GD 1 and GD 2 – have been put on the Direct To Home (DTH) platform of Doordarshan Direct Plus to ensure greater reach of these educational channels all over the country.

He said this was aimed at reducing the cost on downloading equipment. While the cost of the system on DTH comes to around Rs 2,500 to Rs 3000, the present cost of C-band receive system is about Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. The maintenance cost will also come down.

“Students can have ‘receive facility’ at home to participate in the live teleconferencing,” he added.