Hitz FM, India FM can migrate to Phase III if govt appeal fails

NEW DELHI: Hitz FM Radio India Pvt. Ltd and India FM Radio India Pvt Ltd were assured today that their applications for migration to Phase III would be considered despite lapse of last date if the appeal filed by the Government in the High Court fails.


The assurance was given before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) by Information and Broadcasting Ministry counsel Rajeev Sharma.


Sharma said the appeal was yet to be given a number and yet to be listed before the Court. 


In their miscellaneous applications, the two radio channels had said that they had so far not been allowed to migrate from Phase I to Phase II, notwithstanding the Tribunal’s judgment  


It is stated that the channels could migrate to Phase III only if they first migrated to Phase II.


However, they said that as the deadline for operators in Phase II for migration to Phase III was ending, they apprehended that they may not be allowed to migrate and as a result, the Tribunal’s judgment may end in frustration.


TDSAT chairman Justice Aftab Alam and members Kuldip Singh and B B Srivastava said, “This fully satisfies the apprehension of the channels.”

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