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11 new Indian FM radio stations start broadcasting


6 June, 2007:

The total number of private FM radio stations in India has increased to 69, with eleven new FM stations getting commissioned in April and May 2007.

The 11 new FM radio stations include five BIG FM channels (Adlabs Films Limited) in Bareily, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Jalandhar and Goa; two Radio Mirchi (Entertainment Network India Limited) channels in Patna and Jalandhar; three Mantra FM (Puran Multimedia) channels in Bareily, Karnal and Jalandhar; and MY FM (Synergy Media) Channel in Jalandhar.

The government received about Rs 75 million as annual fee from the private FM radio broadcasters in April and May 2007, indiantelevision.com quoted sources from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as saying.

Letters of intent was issued to a total of 245 stations in 29 cities – going up from only 21 in 12 cities in 2004.

In April 2007, permission was also given to three companies to uplink their TV channels from India. These are TG Angel Media Private Limited, Triveni Media Limited, and Creative Channel Advertising and Marketing Private Limited.





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