The Authority on Monday floated a consultation paper seeking comments from the industry on various aspects of digital radio broadcast, including whether there is a need for a roadmap for migration to digital radio broadcast for private FM radio operators. It has also sought comments on whether a date for digital switchover for radio broadcasting needs to be declared, just as it was set in the case of cable digitization.

Currently, radio signals are largely transmitted in analog mode in the country. So far, only All India Radio has started digitization of its Medium Wave and Short Wave radio networks. The authority pointed out that the analog terrestrial radio broadcasting, when compared with digital mode, is inefficient and suffers from operational restrictions. - Broadcast and CableSat Bureau

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