Prasar Bharti Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has a plan of setting up 839 new FM stations in private sector in 290 cities of the country in near future, Secretary Union Information Broadcasting Ministry Uday Kumar Verma said here on Saturday.

“Prasar Bharti has a programme of setting up 839 new FM stations in private sector in 290 cities of the country and Jammu and Kashmir is getting priority in this programme,” Verma said after the launch of 10 MW FM Channel-2 of the local station of All India Radio popularly known as ‘Radio Kashmir’ here.

The FM Channel-2 of Radio Kashmir was launched by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who congratulated the Prasar Bharti for this initiative and hoped that more FM Channels will come in near future in the State.

Verma said that 10 to 20 FM Channels in private sector have been earmarked for Jammu and Kashmir under this programme.

The license fee for the private parties intending to launch FM stations in the state would be half as compared to the private persons in rest of the country, he said, adding the rental fee for the private parties of Jammu and Kashmir will also be half as compared to others.

(This article was published on October 6, 2012)
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