AROI opposes Sonia Gandhi suggestion; seeks normal level Govt ads on Radio again

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The Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) has strongly opposed the suggestion of Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi that all Govt and PSU advertising to media be stopped for 2 years. This was one of the recommendations she made to Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement signed by AROI Secretary-General Uday Chawla, the AROI has requested Sonia Gandhi ‘to review and withdraw her suggestion and thereby demonstrate her support for one of the crucial pillars of democracy – Media’, and has urged the Government to restore its advertising on Radio to normal levels.

The AROI statement, in its entirety:

Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) strongly opposes the  statement  issued  by Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, recommending a complete ban of two years on media advertisements by Government and PSUs.

The last year has been a very difficult one for Radio, especially for radio stations in small towns, due to a huge drop in Government advertising.

Radio has been wholeheartedly supporting the national war on COVID-19, through 380 private FM stations across India.

We request the Government to restore its advertising on Radio to normal levels.

We also request Mrs Sonia Gandhi to please review and withdraw her suggestion and thereby demonstrate her support for one of the crucial pillars of democracy – Media.

Uday Chawla
Secretary-General
Association of Radio Operators for India
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