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Second radio revolution on the cards

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I do not believe in imposing curbs on private channels: Jaipal Reddy


  • Defends decision to allow 340 private FM stations in 91 cities
  • Says Government is thinking of strengthening Prasar Bharati
  • Stresses on AIR's greater role in promoting culture and literature
  • Felicitates heroine of the first Telugu play in AIR Bhanumathi



    RED-LETTER DAY: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister S. Jaipal Reddy having a word with `Radio' Bhanumathi at the release of CDs and cassettes of popular Telugu plays in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photo: Satish H.

    HYDERABAD: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister S. Jaipal Reddy has described the decision to allow 340 private FM stations in 91 cities as an attempt to achieve a `second radio revolution' in the country.

    Releasing audiocassettes and CDs of four popular Telugu radio plays here on Sunday, he said the Government was trying to revive radio. Since private radio channels do not accord importance to classical music, AIR's role becomes greater in promoting culture and literature. Pointing to the release of cassettes and CDs of AIR plays for the first time, he said more would be brought out in other languages.

    AIR's role hailed

    Lauding AIR's role in promoting culture and literature over the years, he asserted that it would continue to do so in future. It contributed greatly in achieving the green revolution. Mr. Reddy declared that the Government was thinking of strengthening the Prasar Bharati.

    He urged people to extend greater patronage to public broadcasting. Saying that he did not believe in imposing restrictions on private channels, the Minister hoped that they would observe restraint.

    K.S. Sarma, CEO of Prasar Bharati, spoke of important role played by AIR and Doordarshan in strengthening country's culture and said the cassettes and CDS showed how culture evolved over the years.

    He said that AIR is gaining importance and its income doubled to Rs.200 crores in three years.

    AIR Director-General Brijeswar Singh described it as a red-letter day. Heroine of the first Telugu play in AIR P. Bhanumathi (85), popularly known as `Radio Bhanumathi,' was felicitated by Mr. Reddy. Bhanumathi, who had acted in hundreds of plays, made her debut as `Anarkali' opposite Devulapalli Krishna Sastry, who played Saleem in 1938.

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