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Despite I&B ministry nod, Dehradun CRS yet to go on air

27 June 2013

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Dehradun’s ‘Himgiri Ki Awaaz’, has received the nod from India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) but has failed to receive the WPC license till date.

Mumbai: Himgiri Ki Awaaz has still not reached the community of Dehradun as it awaits the license of Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC), a wing of Ministry of Communication who has not allotted them their frequency.

‘Himgiri Ki Awaaz’ once aired will be broadcasted from the vicinity of Himgiri Zee University. The irony for this community radio station (CRS) is that it has received the nod from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) but has failed to receive the WPC license till date. The wait for the license have been more than six-seven months now. “We are waiting for the license of WPC for past six-seven months as it stops us from airing our station. Actually, there is a frequency clash with another frequency at 90.8 so the WPC has to look into it. We got (Grant of Permission Agreement) GOPA license as well,” says Himgiri Ki Awaaz station director Amardeep Singh.

Singh adds, “We started the station for students in our campus but we thought we can make it for villagers with our content and programming so we have planned our programming accordingly.”

With all the studio set-up ready and programming planned they are all set to go on-air but will have to free themselves from the biggest hurdle of permissions. “Basically, we have decided 40-30 per cent of our programming as interviews; 30-20 per cent as education with major focus to youth related counseling; 10 per cent will be women-based topic like cooking and daily activity; and rest will be on Naturopathy and Bollywood music to give it a commercial touch,” Singh informs.

Currently, they have on board two faculties from the mass communication department who are helping in planning the content for the station; meanwhile they plan to get on board more volunteers especially students from the media department once the station goes on-air.

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