TRAI suggests dual mode commercial TV broadcasting

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested that the government should permit commercial television broadcasting in both analogue and digital modes and said its licensing structure should be on the lines of FM Radio.

TRAI, which was made as the broadcast regulator, based its recommendations on the fact that there is sufficient spectrum to support a few players even in analogue mode.

Suggesting that details of frequency allocation for analogue and digital services could be finalized later, once the major decisions were taken, TRAI said the distribution would have to take note of the requirements of wireless based telecom services.

Recommending a comprehensive review of rules governing various segments of media sector, TRAI said the review should take note of the likely convergence between telecom and broadcasting since the former was also interested in commercial TV broadcasting.

TRAI did not propose any detailed eligibility conditions for commercial television broadcasting except that disqualifications should be same as have been applied to the private FM radio.

In view of the large number of private TV channels, TRAI also recommended networking.

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