Saturday, 10 October 2009

[creative-radio] Industry wakes up to community radio in India


Industry wakes up to community radio in India
Robin Thomas
October 08 2009


With 57 community radio stations in the country so far, and counting, this
medium is seen as addressing small communities and meeting an individual's
day-to-day concerns and local needs in a significant way.

Mumbai is the latest to get the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting's
(MIB) Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and
operating a community radio station at Union Park Residents Association,
(Khar-Bandra). The community radio station is expected to be operational
within three months as per the agreement and will be called 'Jago Mumbai'.

This apart, some community radio stations to have got the MIB's nod in
recent months include Gurgaon (Haryana), Namakkal (Tamil Nadu) and the
Mahila SEWA Trust (Ahmedabad). Of these, the Gurgaon station is expected
to be operational in another two months, while the Namakkal and Mahila
SEWA Trust stations are already operational.

exchange4media speaks with some industry experts on the scope and the road
ahead for growth of community radio in India.

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