FM Services All Over India
All India Radio (AIR), the national public broadcaster has an ambitious plan to provide FM services throughout the whole country. Priority is to reach rural areas where FM signal is presently not available and the plan aims also at strengthening the coverage in border areas like Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern States.
Currently, Indians could listen to FM radio in 373 locations throughout the country and AIR has selected 212 new cities to roll out FM in the third phase of FM expansion. 243 private FM radio channels are already broadcasting under Phase-II .
AIR’s parent body Prasar Bharati’s CEO Jawhar Sircar said that he was conscious that Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) will ultimately take over, but this process may take some years and the attempt will be to reach out to the people through FM till affordable DRM sets are available.