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Friday, November 28, 2014

AIR to resume Gyanvani if dues are cleared by IGNOU: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Team Posted on : 27 Nov 2014 07:40 pm

NEW DELHI: All India Radio has pursued the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for early deposition of outstanding dues in order to resume the Gyanvani educational channel.
On 1 August 2001, AIR had informed the government that IGNOU signed infrastructure sharing and consultancy agreement with them for 37 stations of IGNOU's Gyanvani FM Radio channels. Under this agreement, IGNOU has to pay a licence fee to AIR.

दूरदर्शन की रिपोर्टर ने मिलवाया 'गवर्नर ऑफ इंडिया' से!

​DD न्यूज की रिपोर्टर का वीडियो हुआ वायरल
2014-11-27 PM 11:57:05|

कुछ समय पहले दूरदर्शन की एक ऐंकर की खबर आई थी, जब उसने चीनी राष्ट्रपति शी चिन फिंग के भारत दौरे पर उनके नाम का गलत उच्चारण कर दिया था। इस वजह से उसको अपनी नौकरी तक से हाथ धोना पड़ गया था। अब दूरदर्शन की एक रिपोर्टर अपनी रिपोर्टिंग की वजह से चर्चा का विषय बनी हुई है।

दूरदर्शन दिखाएगा सूबे के वंचित टोलों की कहानी

11/27/2014 8:46:54 PM

पटना। जमुई के लखापुर गांव के पूर्वी टोला के लोगों को 30 सालों से पीने का शुद्ध पानी नहीं मिल रहा था। नेता से लेकर पदाधिकारी तक का ध्यान दलितों के इस टोले की तरफ नहीं था। यहां के लोगों को कुएं का पानी पीकर रहना पड़ता था। 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DD to telecast film ‘Manthan’ on National Milk Day

Team Posted on : 25 Nov 2014 06:53 pm

NEW DELHI: The National award-winning feature film 'Manthan' by Shyam Benegal based will be telecast by Doordarshan National on 26 November at 9:30 am to celebrate 'National Milk Day'.
The 1976 Hindi film, jointly written by Verghese Kurien and Benegal, is set amidst the backdrop of the White Revolution of India which started in 1970.

Finally, Vividh Bharati is available on your cellphone

Bella Jaisinghani,TNN | Nov 25, 2014, 11.15 PM IST

MUMBAI: Lovers of old Hindi film music will be extremely pleased to learn that Vividh Bharati is now available on FM radio in Mumbai. Commuters can enjoy the channel on their cellphones on frequency 102.8 FM. 

Vividh Bharati has the largest collection of film and non-film songs in the country, and crores of fans for this reason. It is this channel of All India Radio that reaches 99% of India's population. 

Doordarshan to air documentary film on passive euthanasia, plea to let Aruna die

TNN | Nov 26, 2014, 12.36 AM IST

MUMBAI: A documentary film on passive euthanasia scripted by Pinki Virani will be aired on television this weekend. The author had approached the Supreme Court urging the mercy killing of KEM Hospital nurse Aruna Shanbaug who has been in a vegetative state since 1972, when she was raped by a ward boy.

The 52-minute film, Passive Euthanasia: Kahaani Karuna Ki, has stylized sequences using actor-dancer Nupur Gandhekar from Bangalore. Shot in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, it will be screened on Doordarshan's national network at 6.30pm on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prasar Bharati sets INR37 million as reserve price to auction slots on free dish

by Malini Nagaraj | November 24, 2014

Prasar Bharati will conduct the 18th online e-auction to auction slots for private satellite channels on its free DTH platform, DD Direct+, on November 28. Prasar Bharati has set a reserve price of INR37 million per slot. The e-auction will be conducted by Synise Technologies which is based in Pune on behalf of Prasar Bharati. 

Whose heritage is it anyway? : By Jawhar Sircar

Written by Jawhar Sircar | Posted: November 25, 2014 12:39 am

The World Heritage Week, which comes to a close today, provides an excellent occasion to introspect and reconsider our approach towards the preservation of a rich heritage that our forefathers, and nature, have bequeathed. For over one and a half centuries, the state has undertaken this task with a varying degree of success and failure. But it is now time for a mature nation to consider a broader framework of citizen-government partnership, as this heritage belongs to the entire nation and not only to its present custodians.

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar on UNESCO

Monday, November 24, 2014

A tribute to Doordarshan of 90s

IndiaTV Buzz [ Updated 23 Nov 2014, 15:21:46 ]

A tribute to Doordarshan of 90s

If you have grown up watching 90s televisions shows you will instantly relate to this video.
After the glaring success of their first video 'We are South of India' Enna Da Rascala team is paying tribute to 90s TV shows of Doordarshan.

It's a wonderful compilation of theme songs of 90s serials and the hilarious improvisation of these songs by the actor in the video would rather leave you surprised, this guy has the makings of 'Desi Mr Bean'.
His body movement, facial expressions are pitch perfect.
Our Pick is the very first song , 'Junoon' that's way too hilarious.
For more, just check out the video.

Further expansion of FM radio likely: I&B Minister

NEW DELHI, November 24, 2014

The government intends to carry out Phase III expansion of FM radio hopefully in the current financial year to rake in more revenue, Information Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said here on Sunday. The I and B ministry and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are considering aspects related to this process, he said.

"Some aspects are being considered between the I&B ministry and the regulator. And I'll like to see that happen quite early… If I could have my way, it should be in this financial year because I now speak in both capacities. March 31, and some more revenue to the government has some relevance to me," said Mr Jaitley, whose primary charge in the government is that of Finance Minister.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Look now, DD is changing!

Updated: November 20, 2014 18:28 IST 

The objective of revamping DD's national channel is laudable provided it is achieved.

The recent advertisements by Prasar Bharti in newspapers announcing the screening of new serials on Doordarshan's (DD) National channel from this Monday surprised many but did not evoke the inquisitiveness expected for a public broadcaster. The latter is natural considering the deluge of programmes on several channels. The former was justified since DD usually does not go to town announcing changes.

Change being part of life is essential for survival in today's cut-throat television channels market, the need to reinvent and revamp cannot be overemphasised. Keeping this in mind, DD has unleashed eight new serials in its prime time slot. "A number of old programmes were been beamed during the prime time and we felt that there is a need to induct fresh ones," explains Deepa Chandra, Additional Director General (ADG), DD National while giving the rationale behind the revamping. She clarifies, "The change is not confined to programme. It encompasses packaging and repositioning of the channel to reach out to the maximum viewers." Being the flagship channel and earning maximum revenue, DD (N) was the natural choice for the changes.

All India Radio Takes New NETIA Radio-Assist Software Live at New Delhi Headquarters and 48 Stations Across India

11/20/2014 03:08:08 PM

CLARET, France -- Nov. 18, 2014 -- NETIA today announced that All India Radio (AIR), the national radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati group, has taken its new Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite live on more than 1,300 workstations to support its national broadcast facility and 48 local stations. Through this installation, coordinated by Delhi-based systems integrator Progressive Infotech, NETIA software has effectively been deployed in every major city across India, enabling AIR to tailor and deliver informative, educational, and entertaining programming to listeners throughout the country.
"The work performed by Progressive Infotech and NETIA ensured that the Radio-Assist deployment met the demanding requirements of geographically distributed operations, as well as the challenges of providing content that engages AIR listeners across a large and diverse audience," said Gulshan Kharbanda, chief technology officer at Progressive Infotech. "We believe this project represented a significant improvement in AIR's production and broadcast capabilities, and we are confident that they can build on these capabilities to enrich the on-air product for their many listeners."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DD National gains big in week 45 of TAM ratings

Team Posted on : 19 Nov 2014 04:07 pm

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan National - 'Desh ka apna Channel', showed its biggest gain of 67 TVM in the week-45 ending on 8 November, according to the latest report of TAM.
While the other major GECs have shed weight in terms of their viewership, Doordarshan National seems to be gaining ground propelled by its massive campaign of channel relaunch.


RNMTEAM | 11/19/2014 07:58:04 PM IST

MUMBAI: On 21st November Akashvani will host Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture, 2014. Dr.Murli Manohar Joshi, eminent scholar and scientist and Hon'ble Member of Parliament will deliver lecture on 'Vigyan aur Sanskriti'. The lecture will commemorate the 130th birth anniversary of our first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad. The recorded lecture will be broadcast on the National hook up on the day of his birth anniversary, 3rd December at 9.30 pm.

This lecture is part of the top billed annual events of All India Radio like Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture Series, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan, Sarv Bhasha Kavi Sammelan and many more.
Shri Fayyaz Sheheryar, DG, AIR said, "The 60 year old tradition of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Lecture brings forth newer subjects that dwell on India's fast and tireless face to achieve the target of staying shoulder to shoulder with the developed nations."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DD National to telecast a special programme on ‘World Toilet Day’

Team Posted on : 18 Nov 2014 03:18 pm

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan is to telecast a special programme on 'The World Toilet Day' tomorrow keeping in view the 'Swachh Bharat Campaign' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 October. 
The prime channel of public broadcaster, DD National is set to telecast the programme on 'World Toilet Day' titled 'Bal Safai Abhiyan' from 10.00 a.m. for half an hour.

Prasar Bharati requires professionalism and quality, says chairman

TNN | Nov 18, 2014, 04.00AM IST

Bengaluru: Prasar Bharati chairperson A Suryaprakash feels the country's biggest broadcaster requires more "professionalism and quality", and has to go a long way before achieving complete autonomy.

According to him, Doordarshan had an opportunity to surpass other channels with credibility and responsibility and fashion itself on the lines of the BBC. "Private TV channels have turned from news to noise channels. I feel people are running away from them. Between 8pm and 9pm, people want to calm down and relax. But, private TV channels, including regional channels, create a charged-up and provocative environment,'' Suryaprakash said. However, he admitted there were limitations with Prasar Bharati, which would soon be joining social media.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DDK Srinagar Restarts all programs after 40 days

Hari Prasad Chaurasia to feature in Gunijan on DD Bharati this week

Team Posted on : 17 Nov 2014 06:26 pm

NEW DELHI: The art and cultural channel of Doordarshan, DD Bharati, continues to show surprise offerings from its huge archives.
Spectacular India, a series of programmes directed by Art Historian and film maker Benoy K Behl is commencing from 23 November at 06:00pm when he will take viewers through the little known Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo and the 108 Buddhist monasteries and temples which were made in the 10th -12th centuries.

प्रसार भारती की स्वायत्तता में वक्त लगेगा: सूर्यप्रकाश

11/18/2014 12:40:23 AM

प्रसार भारती को स्वायत्तता के लिए कोशिश जारी रहे

बेंगलूरू। प्रसार भारती के नव नियुक्त चेयरमैन ए. सूर्य प्रकाश ने कहा कि दूरदर्शन एवं आकाशवाणी को स्वायत्तता हासिल करने के लिए अभी लंबा रास्ता तय करना है। यहां सोमवार को "प्रेस से मिलिए" कार्यक्रम में पत्रकारों से बातचीत में उन्होंने कहा कि प्रसार भारती एक स्वायत्त निगम है और इसके गठन के बाद पीछे हटने का सवाल ही पैदा नहीं होता। 
सूर्यप्रकाश ने कहा कि प्रसार भारती के 90 फीसदी कर्मचारी केंद्र सरकार के हैं, जबकि शेष विभिन्न मीडिया हाउस से हैं जिन्हें करार पर रखा गया है। जब तक यह स्थिति रहेगी तब तक प्रसार भारती की स्वायत्तता की राह नहीं खुलेगी। इस दिशा में कदम उठाए जाने की जरूरत है मगर यह एक प्रक्रिया है। गुणवत्ता के लिए पेशेवर होना पड़ेगा। यह संभव है और इसे अवश्य करेंगे। 

Why India can’t have its BBC : By Jawhar Sircar

November 18, 2014, 12:03 AM IST Jawhar Sircar in TOI Edit Page | Edit Page, India | TOI

Why can't India have its own BBC? This question pops up at fairly regular intervals, especially in 'cocktail circuits', where the rather provincial presentation of Doordarshan comes up. It also features in media discourses, with the obvious innuendo that Prasar Bharati – along with Akashvani and Doordarshan – is not fulfilling its mandate as an autonomous body in the same spirit as BBC. Let us get into the facts and gain some clarity.

We may begin with size and mandate. The UK has one major and five 'minority' languages, while India has 22 official languages and over 600 dialects. The audience base of the British public broadcaster and its Indian counterpart are also vastly different, where literacy and worldviews are concerned. After Independence, AIR took up the task of 'uniting' a fragmented polity, which was conscious that it was one nation but spread over 14 British provinces and 565 princely states. The large number of languages, ethnic groups and multiple competing cultures did not make its task any easier.

In a way, Akashvani brought India together in the 1950s and 60s through a renewed respect for its own classical traditions, with Nehru's information minister B V Keskar leading the campaign. This was then reinforced by spreading, intensively and extensively, the denominator that soon emerged as the nation's common idiom: Bollywood's filmi music, through Vividh Bharati.

Monday, November 17, 2014

DD revamps with new programming and tagline

Writer: exchange4media News Service - Monday, Nov 17,2014 10:06 AM

Doordarshan National will be unfurling its vibrancy in a fresh palette of programming from Monday, 17th November, 2014. The channel will be re-dedicated to the nation with the tagline "Doordarshan National – Desh Ka Apna Channel". The channel will focus on traditional family values – 'Rishtey', Nation Before Self – 'Rashtra Gaurav' &  Trustworthiness – 'Dilon Mein Vishwas'.

The fresh look and feel, with which these shows are slotted, is aimed at recreating the legacy of Doordarshan in providing quality Information, Education & Entertainment.

The new programmes that are to be launched on the channel are:-

At 7 pm - 'Happy Homes' – Khatte-meethe jeevan ke rang , starting from 17th November is a light comedy of unity in diversity when people speaking different languages and from different regions live together in a colony.

At 7:30 pm - 'Khwabon ke darmiyan' – Sach aur sapno se jhoojhti zindagi, starting 17th November. This show will highlight the struggle to bridge the gap between dreams and reality for women in changing social context.

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DD Kisan likely to be ready for launch by mid-January

By PTI | 16 Nov, 2014, 10.47AM IST

डीडी किसान के मध्य जनवरी तक लॉन्च होने की संभावना

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan's 'Kisan TV' channel, which would air programmes on agriculture for farmers, is likely to be ready for launch by mid-January next year. 

Senior officials told PTI that the national broadcaster has set itself the "internal target" to ready the new 24-hour channel by the middle of January. 

A recruitment drive is already underway to hire professionals for various positions ranging from marketing to production departments. 

Doordarshan to rebrand DD National


By afaqs! news bureau, afaqs!, New Delhi, November 17, 2014 

The channel launches eight new shows for weekdays and weekends.
DD National, the state-owned TV channel, will be re-dedicated to the nation with the byline "Doordarshan National - Desh Ka Apna Channel". The channel will focus on traditional family values - 'Rishtey', Nation Before Self - 'Rashtra Gaurav' and Trustworthiness - 'Dilon Mein Vishwas'.

The fresh look and feel, with which these shows are slotted, is aimed at recreating the legacy of Doordarshan in providing quality Information, Education and Entertainment.
The channel will also be unfurling its vibrancy with a fresh palette of programming from November 17. "In keeping with our vision for providing wholesome entertainment to audiences across the length and breadth of the country with a public service responsibility, Doordarshan National will be coming with a new look and feel and 8 new shows in prime time," says Vijayalaxmi Chhabra, director general, Doordarshan.

मोदी के मन की बात ने बढ़ाई रेडियो की चाह

Publish Date:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:42 PM (IST) | Updated Date:Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:42 PM (IST)

कुशीनगर : ये आकाशवाणी है, थोड़ी ही देर में आप समाचार सुनेंगे। नब्बे के दशक तक हर घरों में रेडियो की सुनाई देने वाली यह आवाज संचार के आधुनिक साधनों के बीच कहीं गुम सी हो गई थी। दूरदर्शन व मोबाइल के बढ़ते प्रभाव ने तो इसकी उपयोगिता पर ही बड़ा संकट खड़ा कर दिया, पर स्थितियां अब बदल रही हैं। हाल के दिनों में जहां लोगों में रेडियो की चाह बढ़ी है, वहीं इसकी बिक्री भी तेज हुई है।
देश के प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की एक कोशिश ने अब रेडियो की लोकप्रियता बढ़ा दी है। रेडियो के जरिए लोगों से अपने मन की बात की उनकी पहल का असर हुआ है और अब रेडियो फिर से आमजन व घरों तक पहुंचने लगा है। आधुनिक दौर में गुजरे जमाने की बात बनी रेडियो की मांग करते फिर लोग माग दिख रहे हैं। दुकानों पर भी अब रेडियो की संख्या बढ़ने लगी है। मतलब हमारा पुराना रेडियो अब मोदी के मन की बात के जरिए बाजार व लोगों के मन को भा रहा है।
अक्टूबर में हुई थी शुरुआत
- देश के नागरिकों से संवाद स्थापित करने के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने रेडियो के जरिए मन की बात कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत की थी। बीते तीन अक्टूबर को सुबह 11 बजे मन की बात का शुभारंभ करते हुए अपने 15 मिनट के संबोधन में प्रधानमंत्री ने लोगों से खादी अपनाने पर जोर दिया था। इसी तरह दो नवंबर को आयोजित मन की बात में मोदी ने काला धन पर अपनी बात सुनाई थी।

Friday, November 14, 2014

Parrikar Elected To RS, Will Go Live On AIR, DD

By FPJ Bureau | Nov 14, 2014 12:55 am

New Delhi : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav are among ten political leaders who were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Thursday.

Of the ten leaders, nine, including Parrikar, former Goa Chief Minister who was inducted into Union Cabinet last Sunday, were elected from UP while another from Uttarakhand.

Children's Day special on DD Sahyadri '6th Ryan's IAFA Awards'

Team Posted on : 13 Nov 2014 03:26 pm

MUMBAI: This year, Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra played the perfect host to the 6th edition of world's online ad film making contest.
The Iceplex Ad Film Awards (IAFA), an initiative by the Ryan International Group of Institutions, started Six years ago to broaden the outlook of students by giving them a platform to showcase their talents. The three categories for which the children made ad films were Environment, Safety & Health and Beauty. For these categories over 16,000 entries from across the country were received.
Among the dignitaries were Mr. Johny Lever the Brand Ambassador of IAFA, Mr. Kiran Shantaram- Chairman of V. Shantaram Foundation, Head of Asian Film Foundation, President of Federation of Film Societies of India, Mr. ParikshitSahani-Actor, Mr. Bharat Dabholkar Ad Guru, Mr. Mukesh Sharma ADG Doordarshan and Broadcast partner, Mr. Prakash Kulkarni Editor FPJ and Dr. Mukesh Batra

After Narendra Modi’s radio success, Manohar Parrikar too goes live


By Indo-Asian News Service @indiacom | November 13, 2014 6:30 PM

After PM Modi's radio success, Parrikar too goes live

After Modi's radio success, Parrikar too goes live

Panaji, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi went live on All India Radio (AIR) to connect with millions of Indians on his thoughts and musings. Now, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has gone a step ahead. Parrikar will go live on AIR as well as Doordarshan Friday (Nov 14) to answer queries from the audience.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Prasar Bharati mulling to improve content, functioning of DD

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  November 12, 2014 Last Updated at 22:05 IST

Prasar Bharati Chairperson Dr. A Surya Prakash today discussed with senior officials of Doordarshan on how to make better the content and functioning of the public service broadcaster. 

Sources said that Prakash visited Doordarshan offices in Mandi House this evening and had consultations with senior officials and staff of the channels on various aspects. 

Priorities for Mr Jaitley


FIRST PUBLISHED: THU, NOV 13 2014. 12 37 AM IST, Sevanti Ninan

Arun Jaitley opened up FM broadcasting in 2000, now it is time for him to open up radio to news 

We suddenly have a new part-time information and broadcasting (I&B) minister, a new minister of state, a new chairperson for Prasar Bharati, and a new joint secretary for broadcasting at the ministry as well. But new beginnings are helpful only if the right issues are on the table. Arun Jaitley kicked off his second stint in I&B by chairing a meeting with members of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to the ministry. It was meant to review cable digitization and terrestrial digitization of Doordarshan. But the reporting does not suggest that certain crucial issues came up. The general impression created by the media is that the ministry in the last few years has tirelessly pushed digitization. Tirelessly maybe, but not selflessly. It is a job half done that has so far benefited the government the most, by way of taxes, and the consumer the least. The broadcasters, multi-system operators (MSOs) and the local cable operators (LCOs) come somewhere in between. Deadlines have been pushed back for Phase III digitization covering all urban areas by more than a year partly because the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has been flooded with litigation involving broadcasters, MSOs, LCOs and direct-to-home(DTH) operators. Lots of messes to be sorted out, but the voices least heard are of those of subscribers. The poorer they are, a greater proportion of their household income they have to shell out now. An analysis done by Kotak Institutional Equities in January this year looked at the impact of taxation on consumer pricing of cable and documented that the combined impact of entertainment tax and service tax in three cities—Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata—is the highest on the starter pack, which is the cheapest pack on offer, for the lowest socioeconomic segments of the audience. (Tax as a percentage of consumer pricing is 32% on the starter pack in Mumbai as compared to 25% on the premium pack.) Yet the price of the starter packs before tax are the lowest in Mumbai, at Rs.160. So the government does need to look at this issue. Has anyone in government or the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) worked with broadcasters on the possibility of offering the consumer at the bottom of the ladder a basic package of 10-15 channels that they really want and pricing it accordingly? Cable starter packs today are priced well over Rs.200 a month, per TV set, in addition to the cost of the set-top box. People are clear they don't need a 100-plus channels to choose from when it hurts their budgets, but they are equally clear about which 10 or 15 they really want. Media reports say of Tuesday's meeting that in the ministry's presentation, specific reference was made to the initiatives undertaken by the ministry including discussions with stakeholders and the campaign to "sensitise the masses". I love that term. How about sensitization of those implementing digitization on the financial impact it is having on the "masses"? Then there is the question of terrestrial digitization for Doordarshan. The ministry and Prasar Bharati have to stop kidding themselves that rural viewers are still accessing TV largely through its terrestrial network and that Doordarshan is therefore the most watched broadcaster in rural India. It is not. Between 2006 and 2013, the percentages for rural TV access got reversed. 

I&B Ministry to study why MSOs are not taking indigenous STBs

By BB Nagpal Posted on : 12 Nov 2014 11:47 pm

NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) will facilitate a meeting of manufacturers of indigenous set top boxes (STBs) and multi-system operators (MSOs) next week in view of complaints by the manufacturers that no orders were being placed for their STBs.
This was decided at a meeting of the Task Force which will oversee the next two phases of digital addressable system (DAS) and which met under the chairmanship of Ministry Additional Secretary J S Mathur here today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is it unconstitutional to be right-wing in democratic India, asks A Surya Prakash

By Vasudha Venugopal, ET Bureau | 12 Nov, 2014, 04.39AM IST

NEW DELHI: "People who controlled the country's intellectual space for 60 years want everyone to be leftwing. Is it unconstitutional to be right-wing in democratic India?" asks A Surya Prakash, columnist and former journalist who recently took charge as chairman of Prasar Bharti that comprises Doordarshan and All India Radio. 

Prakash is a known critic of Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and his columns were said to be politically right-leaning. His appointment was cleared by a three-member committee after much delay. He says: "In democratic India, are you permitted only to be left-wing? I am not leftwing but does that make me rightwing? I have always written this way, but the test is the integrity test in our conduct." His short and long-term goals are clear — first to develop DD News as a world-class news channel and then move towards autonomy for Prasar Bharti. And he is confident that he will achieve both. 

Jaitley Stresses on Importance of Digitisation of Cable TV Sector

Published: 11th November 2014 10:04 PM

Jaitley stresses on importance of digitisation of cable TV

NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley today emphasised the importance of digitisation of the cable TV sector to ensure better service, wider choice of content and transparency within the subscriber base.

Jaitley chaired the first meeting of the Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss the issue related to implementation of Phase III and Phase IV of the digitization of cable TV sector during which he expressed his views.

The Minister, who also holds the charge of the Finance Ministry, said that as a process, digitisation had also brought about a change in the broadcasting landscape as well as enabled broadband penetration within the country.

Radio brings hope, dreams for Kutch women


The salty wind blowing over Bhimasar in the arid Kutch along country's western coast is whispering stories of hope, dreams and aspirations.

Located nearly 300km from Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, Bhimasar set up a community radio station of its own in 2012 with support of Unesco and UN Women, a body that advocates gender equality and work towards empowering women.

Jaitley chairs consultative committee meeting of new ministry

IANS  |  New Delhi  November 11, 2014 Last Updated at 23:56 IST

A day after taking charge, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday chaired the first meeting of the Consultative Committee of the ministry to discuss the issue of phase three and four of digitisation of cable TV network.

Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (retd.), who is the new minister of state in the ministry, was also present in the meeting.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

‘I&B Ministry has to deal with paradigm shift in media’


Paradigms of media have expanded vastly with new media coming in: Jaitley

Cross-holdings in media, FM auctions on agenda

On Monday, Arun Jaitley started his second stint as Minister for Information & Broadcasting. The Finance Minister, who is also responsible for Corporate Affairs, was given additional charge of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry on November 9.

Talking to reporters after assuming office as I&B Minister, Jaitley said that the paradigms of information had expanded and the Ministry needs to be keeping pace with these changes.

Media is much more than just DD, AIR & print, Arun Jaitley says

TNN | Nov 11, 2014, 03.08 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Taking additional charge of the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the media had expanded beyond the public broadcaster and the government would look into the changed "information process scenario". 

Jaitley, who was I&B minister under A B Vajpayee in 1999, took charge of the ministry from Prakash Javadekar on Monday. The new portfolios were announced late on Sunday night after President Pranab Mukherjee's approval.