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PMO sets up panel to develop policy paper on radio, TV & digital tech

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MNEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set up a committee to develop a policy paper for radio, television and digital technology to be covered under the 11th Five-Year plan.

The high-profile panel's first meeting will be held on 21 June. B.A.G Infotainment CEO and convener of Association of Radio Operators in India Rajiv Mishra and Times of India group's AP Parigi are among the private sector nominees to the working group.

The following activities will be covered by the newly-constituted group:

# To suggest approaches for formulation of plans and programmes for radio and TV, keeping in view the emerging trends in technology, convergence issues, IP multimedia and IT-enabled media applications.

# To recommend measures for optimum expansion of transmission network of radio and TV through appropriate technologies to hitherto uncovered areas.

# To put in place the basic policy framework, fiscal incentives and workout a mission mode project for moving from analogue transmission to digital transmission before 2015.

# To develop a mission mode project for implementation mobile media solutions by establishing requisite infrastructure for transmission in, say, 700 MHz band in association with mobile service providers and technology partners.

# To identify excess spectrum and bandwidth arising through migration to digital transmission and work out strategies for its redeployment/farming.

# To assess the total investment required in hardware and to suggest measures to stimulate greater private investment in this sector.

The members of this group also include Prasar Bharati CEO, director-generals of Doordarshan and All India Radio, head of Broadcast Engineering Society of India Ltd, Planning Commission's advisor of communication and information and IT software industry body Nasscom's chairman Kiran Karnik.

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