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FAQ – FM Radio
Policy Guidelines: FM Phase-3


FM Radio

 

Policy Highlights: FM Phase-2

ELIGIBILITY CRIETERIA OF BIDDERS/COMPANIES
Only companies registered in India under The Companies Act, 1956 satisfying the eligibility criteria specified below in this section are eligible to apply.

Following is the Minimum Net Worth required of company for one Channel per City in each region:
D category Cities:
Population above 1 lakh and up to 3 Lakhs
Rs. 50 Lakhs.
C category Cities:
Population above 3 lakh and up to 10 Lakhs
Rs. 1 Crore.
B category Cities:
Population above 10 lakh and up to 20 Lakhs
Rs. 2 Crore.
A category Cities:
Population above 20 lakhs
Rs. 3 Crore.
A+ category Cities:
Metro Cities
Rs. 3 Crore.
All categories of Cities in all regions:Rs. 10 Crore.
Note: For two or more C category cities in the same region, Net Worth of Rs. 1 crore is required. If the two C category cities are in two different regions, Net Worth of Rs. 2 crore is required.

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REQUIRED WHILE OBTAINING THE LICENSE
Memorandum & Articles of Association of the Company.
Copy of the Registration Certificate of the Company issued by the Registrar of Companies.
Copies of Annual Reports and the audited accounts for the last three years (wherever applicable).
Bio-data giving details of qualifications/experience, etc. of all Directors of the Company.
Certificate regarding Net Worth and the total foreign shareholding in the company from the Statutory Auditors.
Details of Promoters & Major shareholders.
List of projects carried out by the Company.
List of the projects carried out by the Directors.
Details of Management positions of the Directors in other companies/organisations and details of these companies/organisations.
List of subsidiary companies, holding companies and inter-connected companies of the applicant company.
Compliance statement of tender document.
Any other relevant document(s).

THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF COMPANIES IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
Companies not incorporated in India.
Any company controlled by a person convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or declared as insolvent or applied for being declared insolvent.
A company which is an associate of or controlled by a Trust, Society or Non Profit Organization.
A company controlled by or associated with a religious body.
A company controlled by or associated with a political body.
Any company which is functioning as an advertising agency or is an associate of an advertising agency or is controlled by an advertising agency or person associated with an advertising agency.
Subsidiary company of any applicant in the same City.
Holding company of any applicant in the same City.
Companies with the Same Management within a City.
More than one Inter-Connected Undertaking at the same City.
A company that has been debarred from taking part in the bidding process or its associate company with the same management.
Any other relevant document(s).

FOLLOWING IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING FM RADIO LICENSE
Successful Bidders:The highest valid Financial Bids equal to the number of available channels for the respective City shall be selected as the Successful Bidders.
LOI will be issued to the successful bidder.
The LOI holders can process for obtaining frequency allocation, SACFA clearance, achieve financial closure, appoint all key executives, enter into agreements with Prasar Bharati (DD/AIR) /BECIL, deposit the requisite amounts towards land/tower lease rent, common transmission infrastructure etc.
Upon issue of the Letter of Intent, the Successful Bidder shall be liable to execute the Grant of Permission Agreement within the time period prescribed by the Government of India.
The permission holder shall be liable to install the radio station and take action to obtain WOL and operationalise the channel within a specified period from the date of execution of the Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA).

LICENSE FEES AND LICENSE DURATION
The Permission Holder shall be liable to pay an Annual Fee to the Government of India charged @ 4% of Gross Revenue for each year or @ 10% of the Reserve OTEF limit for the concerned city, whichever is higher.
Every Permission shall be valid for a period of ten years.
The Permission shall be for free to air broadcasts of audio on main carrier and data on sub-carriers.

SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS
No Permission Holder shall outsource more than 50% of its total content, of which not more than 25% of its total content shall be outsourced to a single content-provider. (‘Long term means’ any period exceeding 11 months, and shall include repeated renewals.)
No Permission Holder shall hire or lease more than 50% of broadcast equipment on long-term basis.
No Permission Holder shall enter into any borrowing or lending arrangement with other Permission holders or entities other than recognized financial institutions and its related entities.

CODE OF CONDUCT NEEDS TO FOLLOW
No Permission holder shall use brand names or owners’ names or corporate-group names to identify its Channel to gain commercial advantage over other Permission holders.
The Permission Holder shall obtain prior approval of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting before using Channel Identity.
The Permission is non-transferable. The Permission Holder shall not grant a sub-permission.
The Permission shall be governed by the provisions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act 1933 as amended from time to time, and any other law as applicable to broadcasting, which has or may come into force.
The Permission Holder shall not lease the Channel / broadcast service in whole or in part.
The Permission Holder shall continue to meet the eligibility conditions prescribed in the Tender Document during the entire period of the Permission.

TECHNICAL PARAMETERS
Category
Basis (one or more of the following)
Effective Radiated Power (ERP) (kW)Antenna Height
(Meters.)
Min.Max.Min.Max.
A+Métro cities 25 50 75200
75175
APopulation above 20 lakhs103075150
BPopulation above 10 lakhs and up to 20 Lakhs51550100
CPopulation above 3 lakhs and up to 10 Lakhs 3103075
DPopulation above 1 lakh and up to 3 Lakhs132040
Note 1: In cases where it may not be possible to remain within the prescribed limits of EHAAT due to topographical constraints or non-availability of a suitable Prasar Bharati tower meeting the prescribed values of EHAAT, the Permission Holder shall have to adjust the ERP of their transmitters so as to lay RF signal not exceeding that due to combination of maximum ERP and maximum EHAAT, as may be prescribed.

Note 2: In case of interim set up, the LOI/Permission Holder shall, as far as practicable, adhere to the technical parameters for the respective cities. In case it is not possible, it should ensure that the coverage from the interim set up is not less than 60% by area of the coverage of the permanent set up.

The Permission Holder shall comply with the audio and transmission standards for FM sound broadcasting at each Center conforming to the ITU-R (International Telecommunication Union) Recommendations viz: 450-1, 467, 646 and 644-1;

The Permission Holder shall also comply with the technical standards on data broadcasting on FM sub-carriers, whenever introduced, conforming to ITU-R Recommendations viz. 643-1 and BS-1194.

NETWORKING
A Permission Holder will be permitted to network its Channels in C & D category cities within a region only.
No two Permission Holders shall be permitted to network any of their Channels in any category of cities.

PENALTIES
In the event of a Permission Holder letting its facilities being used for transmitting any objectionable, unauthorized content, messages or communication inconsistent with public interest or national security or failing to comply with the directions mentioned in the tender document, the Permission granted shall be revoked and the Permission Holder shall be disqualified to hold any such Permission in future, apart from liability for punishment under other applicable laws.

For Complete Details
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Contact at:
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION & BROADCASTING
Government of India

Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi