Is Kejriwal an entertainment item now?

Either that, or Radio Mirchi could be rewriting norms for FM channels

GN BUREAU | December 2, 2014



Radio Mirchi, an FM radio channel from the Times of India group, will air a show in which Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will answer questions from the audience. This, however, will arguably be in violation of the rules for private radio stations – they cannot broadcast anything related to news and current affairs.

According to announcements on air and on the channel’s Twitter handle, Kejriwal will appear in the #MirchiDialogue programme on December 3, from 7 am to 11 am, and take questions from the audience. Questions are welcome over email too.

It would be difficult to construe the content of this four-hour show as anything other than current affairs. For information, FM channels can air only music and entertainment, and in case they air news, it is mandatory that they take the feed from the All India Radio.

The restrictions regarding news and current affairs are specified in the ‘Policy Guidelines of FM Radio Services (Phase II & Phase III)’ as below:

“Para 11. News and Current Affairs Programmes:

11.1 The permission holder will be permitted to carry the news bulletins of All India Radio in exactly same format (unaltered) on such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed with Prasar Bharati, No other news and current affairs programs are permitted under the Policy (Phase-III)”

All the stuff that is not news is also clearly defined, and apparently the AAP chief’s replies ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi do not fall under any of these categories:

“11.2 The broadcast pertaining to the following categories will be treated as non-news and current affairs broadcast and will therefore be permissible:

(a) Information pertaining to sporting events excluding live coverage. However live commentaries of sporting events of local nature may be permissible;

(b) Information pertaining to traffic and weather;

(c) Information pertaining to and coverage of cultural events, festivals;

(d) Coverage of topics pertaining to examinations, results, admissions, career counseling;

(e) Availability of employment opportunities;

(f) Public announcements pertaining to civic amenities like electricity, water supply, natural calamities, health alerts etc. as provided by the local administration;

(g) Such other categories not permitted at present that may subsequently be specifically permitted by ministry of information and broadcasting from time to time.”

Comments

 

Other News

By 2022, 37% of workforce would be employed in new job roles: Report

 In the organized manufacturing and service sector, employment is expected to increase from the current 38 million to 46-48 million by 2022, a new study has found.  All the new forms of employment are expected to add a further 20% - 25% to the workforce of the current defined “or

Govt withdraws December 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts

A day before a Supreme Court bench takes up petitions opposing mandatory Aadhaar linkage with several government services, the government has withdrawn its December 31 deadline to link Aadhaar with bank ac

State ownership has been blatantly unsatisfactory: Oxford professor

A wide swathe of economic activities was nationalised in India after independence, and especially during Indira Gandhi’s prime ministership, for predominantly political reasons. But state ownership was also justified as a way to correct market failures, increase investible surpluses, and pursue wider

Scientists must use common man’s language: Mashelkar

Calling for improved communication in the field of science and technology, eminent scientist and chairman, National Innovation Foundation, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar has said that it is important to advance knowledge and people need to know how that knowledge is for their own good. “Public awaren

Did the Rajasthan health department do the right thing by sending data on Muslim staff to centre?

Did the Rajasthan health department do the right thing by sending data on Muslim staff to centre?

80 percent abortion in India through medicines: Lancet

 Three in four abortions in India are through drugs from chemists and informal vendors rather than from health facilities, said a report in The Lancet. An estimated 15.6 million abortions were performed in the country in 2015, reports The Lancet in its latest released paper on ‘Inciden



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter