ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Radio Broadcasting: Access to Airwaves

Access to Airwaves Though in the second phase of the liberalisation of FM broadcasting the government has overhauled some debilitating conditions that roiled the first, it has not displayed the same seriousness in getting community radio off the ground. Since the time airwaves were first opened up in 2000, private FM radio broadcasters who bid exorbitant amounts to operate in the flawed licence fee regime, which also included a 15 per cent annual escalation clause, slipped into the red. Of the 101 bids, 64 defaulted and 37 were granted licences, though only 20 channels are currently operational. Licence fees as a percentage of revenue in 2003 were as high as 234 and 120 per cent for

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