FM Phase III: Pre-qualification bid for e-auctions starts Sept

16 Aug,2012

By Robin Thomas


The FM radio industry has moved one step closer to the Phase III expansion as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has called for tenders starting September 2012. The pre-qualification for the bidders is expected to be complete in another two months, following which the qualified companies will be allowed to participate in the e-auction for FM Phase III. The e-auction for Phase III is expected to begin in January 2013 and may take another two or three years until the entire FM Phase III expansion is completed.


CS Kaushik, Deputy Secretary (FM), MIB (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and Uday Chawla, Secretary General, Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) have confirmed the development to MxMIndia.


It may be recalled that the Union Cabinet had given its nod to the e-auction for FM Phase III. In November 2011, an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) was constituted in the MIB with an aim to guide and supervise the process of e-auction and to award the license of FM radio stations to private agencies under the FM radio Phase III expansions.


FM Phase III policy seeks to extend FM radio services to about 227 new cities. Phase III will cover all cities with a population of one lakh and above, simultaneously, there will be a total of 839 new FM radio channels in 294 cities. In addition, FM radio stations will also be allowed to air news, but sourced from AIR (All India Radio) only.



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  1. suma.bandela says:

    how to participate in e-auction?

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