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India Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

India clears 115 community radio stations for operation

India’s broadcast regulator, which keeps close tabs on its community radio stations, has given permission to 115 of them to continue operating. They received notice of a list of  Grant of Permission Agreements (GOPAs) on August 29. These allow the mentioned organizations to continue running through their license period or up to December 31 or this year, whichever date […]

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South East India

Fishing village community radio station coming to southeast India

India’s bipolar relationship with community radio resurfaced this week with the inauguration of a new radio station for fishing folk and a potentially liberalized policy for government monitoring of content. First, the fishing story. The Times of India reports that an NGO will soon launch a local station for families who make their living catching fish in […]

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Radio Rights Watch

India on community radio: we are getting no complaints (so far)

Good news (or at least sort of) on the India community radio front. That country’s Rajya Sabha (Council of States) recently received some kind of report-back from India’s Minster of State for Information and Broadcasting. According to India’s Business Standard, the Minister said that “so far” his office has received no formal complaints about the […]

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India’s formulas for community radio democracy

I am reading an interesting document produced by scholars at the University of Hyderabad titled the “Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit.” Sponsored by UNESCO, it focuses on best practices for community radio stations around the world. The survey is quite long, but I direct your attention to the section called “Content Generation and Programming,” which […]

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community radio news

Can community radio counter the influence of Maoist rebels in India?

The Hindu newspaper wants to know why community radio isn’t being more widely deployed in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. “. . . the state continues to overlook and under-utilise the radio in countering Maoist influence,” an opinion piece notes. “Oddly enough, this so in a region populated by numerous tribal languages that possess rich oral […]

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Mangelore U. of India launches campaign for community radio station

Mangelore University is located on the west coast of India, about 400 miles south of Mumbai. The Times of India reports that its journalism department is pushing to open a community FM radio station: “Radio Mangala.” Judging from the description provided to The Times by G. P. Shivaram, Chair of Mangelore’s J. School, Radio Mangala […]

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