By the middle of this year, direct-to-home-enabled radio broadcasting will be available at three stations of All India Radio (AIR).
The FM channel of Bangalore AIR will go DTH along with the Trichy station in Tamil Nadu. Each will take care of 12 hours of broadcast, offering listeners 24 hours of radio programmes. The other radio station going DTH will be Lucknow. The stations will uplink with the satellite beaming the broadcast. Kannada programmes and news can be accessed easily with a DTH receiver.
Sharing this information with mediapersons here on Wednesday, Director General of AIR Brijeshwar Singh said: "We are yet to carry out a survey of those who may opt for DTH, but it can be quite large, going by the viewers of DTH on television."
AIR also provides a `news on phone,' service which can be accessed by dialling 1258 for headlines in Kannada and 1259 for those in English. Mobile users can call 22377525 and 22377530 in Bangalore for the service. English news will be updated every thirty minutes from AIR's newsroom in New Delhi. The services are through a revenue-sharing arrangement between AIR and BSNL.