With reference to the Community Radio Station (CRS) in India, which among the following is / are correct statements:
1. Community Radio Station is allowed only for non-profit
2. Entertainment and News Programmes are banned on Community Radio Station (CRS)
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

As per the 2006 policy of the Government, an organisation desirous of operating a Community Radio Station (CRS) must be able to satisfy and adhere to the following principles:

  • It should be explicitly constituted as a ‘non-profit’ organisation and should have a proven record of at least three years of service to the local community.
  • The Community Radio Station should serve a specific well-defined local community.
  • The ownership and management structure should be such that it reflects the community which it serves
  • It should only broadcast programmes that cater to the educational, developmental, social and cultural needs of the community. (Entertainment is not banned explicitly. News Programmes are banned in Community Radio as well as FM Radio in India)
  • The organization must be a Legal Entity i.e. it should be registered (under the registration of Societies Act or any other such act relevant to the purpose).

Regarding the content, the two important provisions made are as follows:

  • At least 50% of content shall be generated with the participation of the local community, for which the station has been set up.
  • Programmes should preferably be in the local language and dialect(s).
  • The CRS license thus given by the government entitled them to operate a 100-watt (Effective Radiated Power) radio station, with a coverage area of approximately a 12-km radius. A maximum antenna height of 30 meters is allowed.

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