NAC member’s letter to Sonia Gandhi on fee hike

The latest petition on the CR spectrum fee hike has come from National Advisory Council (NAC) member Aruna Roy, who has written to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi opposing the five-fold increase in licence fee for community radio. In her petition, Roy acknowledges the...

Civil society protests CR spectrum fee hike

The recent notification from Ministry of Communications and IT (MoCIT) announcing a five-fold hike in the spectrum fee for Community Radio broadcasters in the country heated things up, this summer. According to the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the...

Who cares about Community Radio?

A historian, attempting to cover the course of community radio policy in India, might be prompted to describe the first couple of decades as throwing up a series of uneasy questions and- at best – piecemeal answers: Between 1996 (in the aftermath of the Supreme...

A blow to voices of the poor

I often urge my students of journalism to do a small experiment. I say “Connect your TV to a video recorder. Take a remote in your hand. Select a channel. Never mind what it is. Start your recorder. Use your remote and start surfing. Every tenth second, move to a new...

From opportunity to aspiration… to frustration

It is close to 10 years since a putative community radio policy was announced by the Government of India, allowing ‘established educational institutions’ to apply for a license to broadcast over a limited-power FM frequency. Before we rush into a spirit of decadal...

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