The radio broadcasting commenced in India in the year 1927, with two transmitters at Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta (Kolkata) that were privately owned. In the year 1930, these transmitters became nationalised and from now on were functional under the ‘Indian Broadcasting Service’ spanning up to 1936, when it officially named as ‘All India Radio’ or ‘AIR’. In the year 1957, it was yet again renamed officially; however, it continues to be referred as ‘All India Radio’.
All India Radio is a branch of Prasar Bharati or Broadcasting Corporation of India that is an independent corporation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI (Government of India). Ever since the roll of the 20th century, the radio frequencies in India have been assertively opened up to broadcasters on the FM and AM bands. Numerous metropolis cities such as Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad amidst others have several private FM channels that broadcast popular Hindi and English music. However, these privately owned Fm channels are restricted from broadcasting news like Akashwani does. In fact, only recently the 1st satellite radio service, World Space was also launched in India.