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Going OFF the AIR

Remember Munnabhai’s Gandhigiri lessons on Worldspace radio in the film Lage Raho Munnabhai?

entertainment Updated: Jan 02, 2010 20:20 IST
Debjeet Kundu

Remember Munnabhai’s Gandhigiri lessons on Worldspace radio in the film

Lage Raho Munnabhai

? With the end of the year, so also the services of the popular radio service that had an audience base of over 4.5 lakh in India, ended. Worldspace US filed for bankruptcy in October 2008 and its Indian arm has become mute. And the subscribers, are disappointed, to say the least.



“I had just renewed my one year subscription for Rs 1,800,” says Kamini Sen. “This is such a dampener on the New Year.” “I don’t know what all fans of WorldSpace will do now, we were addicted to it,” writes Rupali Kabadi on a blog.



Most subscribers in India had received an email from the Worldspace US office informing about the closure. “I feel cheated by the MNC. Shouldn’t they have told us in November?” tweets Suresh, who got his Rs 3,000-silver subscription updated for three years last month.



WorldSpace had Oscar winner AR Rahman as its brand ambassador and was the only subscription-based radio service in the country. “I loved it so much, it had become a part of my daily life for the past two years,” says media consultant Ruchika Dave.