Ludhiana: Around three years have been passed but the city’s lone FM station is yet to start round the clock. Launched with much hype, the FM station is only running few programmes for four hours that too in two shifts.
The FM station at Ludhiana was the dream project of the then Information and Broadcast Minister, Manish Tewari, MP from Ludhiana. However, no focus was laid on the expansion of FM station after its launch.
Interestingly, five FM stations were running successfully from Jalandhar and generating money through advertisements from Ludhiana but in Ludhiana’s FM station is lacking in every field.
Ironically, the FM station is being operated from a building of telephone Exchange in transport Nagar- the most neglected area of the city. Moreover, the FM station also lacks permanent staff and the staff hired by the FM station was paid on assignment basis. According to information, the FM station have panel of 20 experts and their payments were also delayed by the authorities, said an insider. The programmes Good Morning Ludhiana and Home Sweet Home are aired in morning hours from 9 to 11 am where as Young Tarang and Sutlej De Kande Kande from 5 to 7 pm. The programmes provide information and entertainment to city residents and also include some programmes which provide information of employment opportunities to the local youth.
Tanvi Bharti, a college student said that though many youngsters have craze to listen FM and become radio jockey but they were not aware that there is any such FM station in the city.
Navdeep Singh, Head of the FM station in Ludhiana said, “Right now we are on rent and we are looking forward for the permanent place to have a good and proper set up of the station. We require some space for setting up the station and the process of setting it at PAU is in process.”
Talking to ‘DailyPost’, Congress Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu said that he would definitely take up the issue with Information and Broadcasting Minister to upgrade the Ludhiana’s FM station.
“I will also talk to Deputy Commissioner and other concerned authorities to get better space for FM station and adequate staff to air the programmes as per the need of listeners,” he said.
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