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KFCC calls off strike after Big FM's apology

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Finally the tiff between the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and FM station Big FM 92.7 has ended after the KFCC called of its Bandh (Strike) on Sunday. Earlier, the KFCC had planned to hold a protest against the Big FM 92.7 on August 02. But KFCC President Basanth Kumar Patil has now withdrawn Bundh on Sunday afternoon after the bosses of Big FM apologised and agreed to stop the Channel for a day.

On July 16, the Big FM had aired a programme which was said to have damaged the image of the Kannada Film Industry. So the members of the KFCC and other film personalities had held a protest in front of the Big FM office on Wednesday on 27th July and urged the radio station to stop for one month. Instead of seeking apology, the bosses of the radio station had come forward to compensate the damage with money.

Irked by this, the KFCC held a prolonged meeting at the chamber on Friday and took the decision of Bandh call. MS Ramesh, the president of the Kannada Film Directors' Association (Kanfida), Actor Ashok, the chief of Cine Workers' Organisation (CWO) and JG Krishna, President of the Karnataka Cinematographers' Association (KCA) and Mr. Ambareesh supported it. The technicians, artists and other workers of Sandalwood had decided to stop all the film production activities on August 02.

However, Sandalwood businessman Prashant Sambaragi, who was appointed by Big FM, mediated and held a late night meeting between the KFCC and the radio station at the KFCC on Saturday. Later the Big FM has apologized to the KFCC at a press meet held at 12 noon on Sunday. It also agreed to stop the Channel for 1 day completely and will also apologise for 15 days in the Radio. It also promised to extend its support to Kannada film industry.

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