Community Radio Stations (CRS) have been around in India for the past 15 years comprising radio broadcasting stations in communities with a range of approximately 10-15 kms radius. Policy Guidelines of the ministry of Information and Broadcasting define the standards, ownership, and regulations for CRS.
On an average each CRS covers a population of approx. 2.5 lacs, although many in Maharashtra are located in the center of towns and covers significantly more population.
The Community Radio Compendium 2019 of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting lists a total of 185 operational CRS in the country as of July 2019. Of these 26 are listed in Maharashtra.
CRS The study was conducted by an external agency amongst 19 CRS including 8 each A study was commissioned by the Ministry of I&B in 2018 to gauge listenership, KAP towards of EDU and NGO managed CRS and 3 whose functions was primarily agriculture related. To know more click here:
CRS are mainly owned by 3 types of institutions:
• Educational Institute
• Krishi Vigyan Kendra
• NGO or Non-profit organization