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Northeast to get 18 new FM channels, 15 for J&K

In a move aimed at providing an instrument of entertainment through radio sets for the residents of northeast as well Jammu & Kashmir, the Union government has approved 18 new FM radio channels in the eight northeastern states and 15 new FM radio channels in J&K. Announcing about distribution of FM channels, following the cabinet nod to phase-III auction of FM channels, Union Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Saturday dubbed the decision as a New Year gift for the border states of J&K and northeast.

While giving details about the distribution of new channels, Singh said, “Out of the 15 new FM channels to be launched in J&K, three each will be in Kathua and Bhaderwah, while of the remaining nine channels, three each will be in Kargil, Leh and Poonch,” In northeast, three channels each will be launched in the six towns of Haflong and Dhubri in Assam, Jowai in Meghalaya, Lung-lei in Mizoram, Mokukchung in Nagaland and Belonia in Tripura. This is in addition to the existing 12 FM channels which are already functional in the northeast, the minister said.

Singh added that the new channels are being launched with the special objective of extending the reach and impact of radio to the border areas, where other means of telecast or broadcast are not available. Radio is still the most easily available and convenient medium of broadcast even in such peripheral areas where television telecast is not accessible and the added advantage is that radio broadcast can be tuned even without electricity.
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