New Delhi, May 24 -- Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that he was eager to raise air time for advertisements to 12 minutes from 7 minutes on Community Radios currently to bring them at par with TV channels.

The Minister was addressing listeners of all Community Radio stations in a unique initiative by way of a simultaneous broadcast. The broadcast took place in two equal slots today between 7 PM and 7:30 PM.

Javadekar said that while 75% of the expenditure during setting-up of Community Radio stations is borne by the Ministry and that comprises a major expenditure, daily operations' expenditure is borne by the Station.

The Minister pointed out that currently Community Radio stations are ...