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The first phase of FM radio broadcasting (Phase-I) was launched by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) in 1999. During Phase-I auction, a total of 108 channels in 40 cities were offered to private agencies in the FM spectrum band (88–108 MHz). A multiple round auction mechanism was followed to award these permissions. The permission for operation of the channel was awarded for a period of 10 years. Out of 108 channels, bid amount was paid only for 37 channels. Of these 37 channels, 21 channels became operational.

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The government announced the policy for Phase-II of FM radio broadcasting on July 13, 2005. In Phase-II, a two stage bidding process, i.e., eligibility and financial bidding was followed. A total of 337 channels were put on bid across 91 cities having population equal to or more than 3 lakhs. Of 337 channels, 284 were successfully bid and, after scrutiny, permission was given for 245 channels spanning 87 cities. In Phase-II, 222 channels became operational. All the 21 operational channels of Phase-I also migrated to Phase-II after payment of a migration fee. In total, 243 FM radio channels became operational in 86 cities in Phase-II.

To expand the reach of FM radio broadcasting in the country, the government embarked upon Phase-III to enable setting up of private FM radio channels in all cities with a population of more than 1 lakh. Further, 11 other cities having a population less than one lakh in the border areas of J&K and the north east region are also included in the expansion. Policy guidelines for Phase-III of FM radio broadcasting were issued by the government on July 25, 2011.

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