Private FM stations can use AIR news: I&B minister

Ministry to focus on both digitisation of content and archives

ankitalahiri

Ankita Lahiri | September 20, 2014


Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar addressing at the CII Big Picture Summit in New Delhi
Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar addressing at the CII Big Picture Summit in New Delhi

Union minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has said the ministry has allowed private FM stations to broadcast news provided by All India Radio (AIR). Emphasising that private radio channels should provide news capsules, the minister said in case they choose not to broadcast the exact news as handed out by AIR, the channels can source more news from AIR, which can, in that case, act as a news agency.

FM channels till date are not allowed to broadcast news, which is AIR's exclusive domain. FM channels are allowed to broadcast information such as announcements regarding citizen administration, and so forth, Javadekar said during his address at the ‘Big Picture Summit 2014’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the national capital on Friday. 

Stressing on the issue of digitisation, the minister said it will be addressed by the end of 2016 since it will also drive prime minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project ‘Digital India’. He said the third phase of digitisation would start by April 1, 2015, and would be completed by the end of next year, after which the fourth phase would be launched. A committee of all stakeholders would be set up to look into the issue, he added.

The third and fourth phase of digitisation is to be completed by the end of this year, and is expected to impact about 85 percent of the country's population.  

With the announcement of ‘Digital India’, the process of digitisation seems to have received a renewed thrust, Javadekar said. Commenting on the two projects, he said, “Everyone should have access to digital presence.”

Javadekar also announced the signing of a co-production treaty between India and China to encourage a high-level delegation from the neighbouring country to visit India. New Delhi has already signed such a treaty with 10 other countries.

The ministry also highlighted the launch of the national heritage mission, which aims to preserve the film legacy of the country. The project was approved by the finance commission in July this year.

The information and broadcasting ministry is also concentrating on archiving material that is available on AIR and Doordarshan. In this regard, the minister said, “Archiving efforts must also see, seek and speak to each other. They must be technologically compatible."

Currently, the ministry has about 6 lakh hours of archives, which is being digitised. Once the process is done, the ministry is considering transforming that to mobile applications too.

The situation regarding Prasar Bharati is a key concern with the ministry. Addressing the gathering, Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, said, “We are sitting on a huge reserve potential that we have not exploited yet. Right now, we are in the periphery, but we will be back in the centre.”

Comments

 

Other News

Kodnani’s acquittal raises doubts about criminal justice system

 Maya Kodnani, a BJP leader who was the MLA from Naroda when this locality on the outskirts of Ahmedabad witnessed one of the most gruesome episodes during the Gujarat riots of 2002, was acquitted by the Gujarat High Court on Friday. Her acquittal in the Naroda Patiya massacre case is only a sequel to

BMC took nearly 48 days in resolving one complaint

The number of civic complaints with BMC has increased from 61,910 in 2015 to 92,329 in 2017, which is 49% in two years. A report titled ‘Civic Issues Registered by Citizens and Deliberations done by Municipal Councillors in Mumbai’ released by Praja Foundation has found some interesting facts a

Who is Atishi Marlena?

Atishi Marlena is among the nine AAP functionaries who were dismissed by the union home ministry asserting that their posts were created without the approval of the centre. Marlena, served as education advisor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government in Delhi. While she was intrumental in improving the

Leadership? Learn it from Jaising, Ambani, Doshi

The Fortune magazine has named three Indians – lawyer Indira Jaising, industrialist Mukesh Ambani and architect Balkrishna V Doshi – among the world’s greatest fifty leaders.

Energy as the new value system for redesigning daily life

Remember Kardashev scale? For the uninitiated, it’s a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy it is able to use for communication. We will get to its unconventional relevance to the big urban questions at the end, but just keep it a

48 MLAs, MPs have declared cases of crime against women

Out of 1580 MPs and MLAs with criminal cases, 48 (three MPs and 45 MLAs) have declared cases related to crime against women. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter