Sunday, August 31, 2014
Community Radio Stations can source news from AIR - TRAI
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday recommended that community radio stations be allowed to broadcast news and current affairs sourced from All India Radio. The move is likely to bring cheer to community radio operators who have been demanding the move for some time now.
Among the recommendations made by Trai to the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry include that licence period remain for a period of 5 years with the possibility of a five-year extension. The regulator has also asked the ministry to establish an online single window system that will re-engineer and integrate the entire process from the stage of filing application with ministry, grant of the Wireless Operating Licence (WOL) by WPC and signing of the agreement. The online system must provide feedback on stage and status of the application in accordance with the time-lines already prescribed by the ministry, Trai said.
The ministry has also been asked to develop a performance evaluation format in consultation with the stakeholders, and place it in the public domain based on which extension of license beyond 10 years can be given.
"Community radio stations should be allowed to broadcast news and current affairs content, sourced exclusively from AIR, in its original form or translated into the local language or dialect. It will be the responsibility of the CRS (community radio stations) permission holder to ensure that the news is not distorted during translation,'' the Trai recommendation said.
The regulator has retained duration of advertisements on radio stations to five minutes per hour. But it has suggested that to encourage self-sustainability and enhance the CRS' relevance to the community, the stipulation that DAVP approved rates are their lowest rates and exclusive to DAVP and cannot be offered to any other agency should be relaxed in the case of CRS.
It has also asked the ministry to work with the National Disaster Management Authority and WPC to establish detailed guidelines for use of CRS in disaster management operations.
Source & Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com