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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Prasar Bharati: A ‘successful’ year gone by

By Brigadier (Retd) VAM Hussain Posted on : 30 Dec 2014 07:09 pm

Since 1995, Doordarshan has been trying to build bridges of communication with Indians living abroad and also to showcase its diverse culture, values and rich heritage to the world by launching its international channel.
From March 2011, Doordarshan started availing of the service of ISRO's INSAT-4B in both KU band and C band. However, the inadequacy of not being able to locate any significant global partners to distribute and connect DD to homes overseas continued. Doordarshan did make renewed efforts through Indian Missions to distribute its international channel abroad, but it could make little progress in this last mile distribution, because of several reasons. On the other hand, countries like Japan, Germany, China, Russia and France, invested heavily to ensure a global reach for their international channels.
Over the last one year, concerted efforts made by Prasar Bharati to locate viable global distribution platform to DD India has resulted in an agreement with Deutsche Welle (DW), the international broadcasting arm of the German public broadcaster for a slot on the DTH platform of EUTEL SAT Hotbird 13 B. It is an extremely popular DTH platform and in Europe it was the logical choice for DD India to launch its overseas services afresh. Hotbird 13B has a total number of 1543 TV channels of which 1117 TV channels are free-to-air. A total of 124 English channels are available on this satellite, prominent amongst which are BBC, CNN, CCTV, RT, France24, VOA TV, Euromans, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, etc.  DD India will be in the basic package of the DTH service. The projection of India's viewpoint to the global audience being  a dire necessity, Prasar Bharati has found a suitable platform with DW on extremely favourable terms on reciprocal basis which is no mean achievement.Placing DD on Hotbird DTH platform will also give it full access to the Middle Eastern GCC countries, where Indians work and reside in large numbers. The telecast trials are likely in a few days and formal launching is expected shortly.

Doordarshan to telecast bouquet of lively programmes on New Year’s eve

By Team Posted on : 30 Dec 2014 08:05 pm

NEW DELHI: In a new twist to its New Year programmes, Doordarshan News has announced special awards for the best news story of the year.
 DD News has listed 10 top coverages of the year and will give three top and 50 other prizes. Voting is on till 31 December night.

The news stories include the General Elections, the Swachhta Mission, Kailash Satyarthi winning Nobel Prize, Kashmir Floods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's American visit, Mars Mission, MH370 Disappearance, Peshawar School attack and so on.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I&B ministry gaining steam on social media

PTI | Dec 29, 2014, 05.36 PM IST

NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading from the front, social media outreach of I&B ministry and its associated bodies has got a major boost with over 16 lakh followers on Twitter, nearly 90,000 YouTube subscribers and around 30 lakh likes on Facebook. 

Senior officials say the Information and Broadcasting ministry has utilised the new media to disseminate information in an unprecedented manner. 

"The celebration of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday on December 25 as the Good Governance Day is just one of the examples of how I&B ministry utilized the new medium aggressively. On Facebook, the ministry posted 35 times, including around 22 plates with Vajpayee's poetry written on them. 

दूरदर्शन की घर वापसी

12/30/2014 1:06:51 AM

दूरदर्शन का नाम आते ही रामायण-महाभारत से लेकर हमलोग, बुनियाद और नुक्कड़ धारावाहिक की स्मृतियां कौंध जाती हैं। दूरदर्शन पर जब इन धारावाहिकों को दिखाया जाता था तक सड़कें सूनी हो जाया करती थीं। प्रसारण शुरू होने से पहले ही दर्शक टेलीविजन खोलकर बैठ जाया करते थे। समय के साथ निजी चैनलों का दौर शुरू हुआ और एकछत्र राज करने वाले दूरदर्शन को कड़ी चुनौती मिलने लगी।

सरकारी नीतियों के मकड़जाल में फंसकर दूरदर्शन दर्शकों से कटता गया। आज दूरदर्शन शायद ही कोई अपनी इच्छा से देखता हो। अच्छी बात है कि देश के नये सूचना-प्रसारण राज्य मंत्री राज्यवर्द्धन सिंह का ध्यान इस ओर गया है। वे निजी चैनलों की तरह दूरदर्शन को भी वापस घर-घर पहुंचाना चाहते हैं।इसके लिए उनके अपने विचार है। उम्मीद है कि पुराने सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रियों की तरह उनके विचार कागजों में ही नहीं रहेंगे और उनसे बाहर आकर दूरदर्शन का कायापलट करेंगे। 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Prasar Bharati to push its radio services online

Source:, 27 December 2014

State-run broadcaster Prasar Bharati is trying to expand its online presence, its chief executive officer Jawhar Sircar said in Kolkata on Friday.

Referring to young people's increasing use of the internet, he pointed out that if Vividh Bharati [the radio arm] had an online presence its reach would widen.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Telecom minister: to improve tele-density, voice, broadband penetration

December 25, 2014

The NDA government is committed to improve tele-density, voice and broadband penetration and ensure quality of services to both rural and urban areas to achieve the vision of Digital India, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here Thursday.

"The focus of the department of telecommunications is to create the communication infrastructure for enabling e-services like e-banking, e-commerce, e-education, e-governance, e-entertainment and e-health across the country which is expected to give a new fillip to the inclusive growth of Indian economy," the minister said while celebrating 'Good Governance Day'.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DD Bharati lines up new programmes for festive season

Posted on: 19/12/2014 05:36 PM   TelevisionPost Team

MUMBAI: DD Bharati has unveiled a line-up of special programmes to keep its viewers entertained this festive season. For starters, the channel will air a documentary on Begum Laila Umhani and her sister Husn Jahanara Begum and their families, who are among the many descendants of the Moghuls living in Hyderabad. Their life will be portrayed in 'The Living Moghuls' on 19 December at 10 pm, with a repeat the next day at 6 am and 2 pm. Digging up its archives, DD Bharati will bring for viewers 'Titli', based on the Grasshopper story by Anton Chekhov featuring Neelima Azeem, Alok Nath and M.K Raina in pivotal roles along with B. M Shah, Dolly Ahluwalia and Irfan Khan. It is produced by Saba Zaidi. 

AIR to broadcast special programs from 22 to 25 Dec

Posted on: 22/12/2014 09:45 PM   TelevisionPost Team

MUMBAI: All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast special programmes from 22 to 25 December to mark birth anniversaries of Madan Mohan Malviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, along with Good Governance Day and Christmas. AIR has planned to broadcast various programmes in different formats on national and local levels. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

PMO pushes private FM channels to air Mann Ki Baat programme

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 19, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat has been a hit on the airwaves three months in a row, with audiences tuning in to hear the PM on Sunday mornings. But the show's success, it turns out, is partly driven by the mighty hand of officialdom.

Documents reviewed by HT show the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) pressed the information and broadcasting ministry and public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to mount "cross-media" publicity for the programme and also pursue privately-owned media to cut back routine programming and broadcast Mann Ki Baat.

Doordarshan and All India Radio to air special programmes on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday

By Vasudha Venugopal, ET Bureau | 19 Dec, 2014, 04.00AM IST

NEW DELHI: This Christmas, know more about former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his poetry with the Doordarshan and All India Radio planning to air special programmes on his birthday. AIR is also air twohour broadcast of a special Kavi Sammelan organised a few days ago to honour his skill in poetry. 

The three-hour-long kavi sammelan was held in New Delhi on December 11 with 12 selected poets from various Hindi speaking States taking part. 
Doordarshan and All India Radio to air special programmes on Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday

"This was the first time a poet's lines were given to us and we were asked to create poetry with them. We were also given an opportunity to present a poem of our own," said Kirti Kale, one of the poets who participated. 

I&B issues reminder to TV channels on format for Home Ministry Security clearance

Team Posted on : 18 Dec 2014 07:17 pm

NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has reminded television channels to apply by 26 December for fresh security clearance for 10 years.
In view of new clearances and those who need fresh security clearance for next 10 years, the Government last month set out the format in which applications should be sent by news and non-news television channels seeking Home Ministry security clearance to uplink or downlink.
The applications have to be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
The companies owning channels have to furnish the details of the company and its Board of Directors (in four additional sets) in the prescribed format listed out in the Ministry's website

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little-known story of Moghul descendants on DD Bharati

Team Posted on : 17 Dec 2014 12:53 pm

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan will telecast on DD Bharati a documentary titled `The Living Moghuls' on descendants of the Moghuls later this week highlighting their lives in the India of today.
Begum Laila Umhani and her sister Husn Jahanara Begum and their families are the many descendants of the Moghuls living in Hyderabad. Shorn of any royal or political patronage, the sons of Laila Umhani have adapted themselves to survive in today's world. Their life is the subject of the documentary titled `The Living Moghuls' on 19 December at 10:00 pm, repeated next day at 06:00 am and 02:00pm.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I&B Minister Arun Jaitley gives the nod to Phase III partial auctions

Writer: Abhinn Shreshtha - Tuesday, Dec 16,2014

Finance and I&B minister, Arun Jaitley, has given his go ahead to allow partial auctions of leftover frequencies from Phase II. We had reported this development last week and news has come over the weekend that he has indeed passed the resolution, which is now awaiting cabinet approval.

"The government has made a very wise move and we are pleased with the pace at with which things are now moving," said Uday Chawla, Secretary General of Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI). The auction of Phase II remnant frequencies is important as it will help in setting the migration fees for Phase II license according to the TRAI formula.

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PM Modi announces series of programmes for 'Good Governance Day' on 25 December

Dec 17, 2014 07:21 IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told party MPs that a host of programmes including seminars and conferences on 'Good Governance' will be held on 25 December that coincides with former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's birthday.

The Prime Minister had earlier announced that the day be celebrated across the country for good governance, which he said was ushered in the previous NDA regime led by Vajpayee and is being carried out in this government.
A campaign on Clean India, holding debates and discussions on good governance addressed by top BJP leaders, eliciting suggestions from public to improve governance and distributing literature on it during the previous six-year NDA regime and during the six months of this government will mark the day.

Friday, December 12, 2014


RNMTEAM | 12/11/2014 08:05:44 PM IST

NEW DELHI: A survey by All India Radio has found that present Day Time (MW+FM) AIR coverage is about 92  per cent by area and 99.2 per cent by population, of which FM AIR coverage is only about 32 per cent by area and 44.5 per cent by population.

Prasar Bharati sources told that All India Radio Broadcasting Stations are currently functional at 414 locations throughout the country.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reel tribute to teen envoys of social change - Doordarshan to air films on Unicef schoolgirls who fought child marriage, found freedom of speech

freedom of speech

When 15-year-old Geeta Tantubai of Jamshedpur opposed her marriage last year and made headlines for her grit, she perhaps barely imagined that her story would one day be aired on national television to inspire others.
The life of the Ghorabandha high school ninth grader and that of her partner in crusade for freedom of expression - Arti Sharma, also 15 and a student of Laxminagar middle school - will be featured on Doordarshan next month as a part of Unicef and Prasar Bharati's collaboration to celebrate 25 years of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The tales of the two girls from the steel city are among 35 "stories of change" spurred by programmes run by Unicef, which also organised an orientation programme on child rights at Karim City College on Wednesday. A day before, it had hosted an annual meet of cub scribes at Jamshedpur Women's College.

दूरदर्शन के कदम सुनहरे कल की ओर


Dec 10, 2014, 02:40 AM IST

दूरदर्शनका एक समय स्वर्णिम समय था, जब इस पर रामायण और महाभारत देखने के लिए लोगों को सारे काम छोड़ने पर मजबूर हो जाते थे। राजू और उड़न तस्करी, शांति, हम लोग एवं हम पांच जैसे सीरियलों के जरिए भारत के हर घर में अपनी बुनियाद पक्की कर ली थी, लेकिन निजी चैनलों के आने के बाद कड़ा कॉम्पटीशन के बाद इस दौड़ में पिछड़ गया। अब एक बार फिर दूरदर्शन नए सिरे से निजी चैनल से मुकाबला करने के लिए नए शो शुरू करने जा रहा है। इनमें से कुछ शो इसी महीने के अंतिम सप्ताह से और कुछ जनवरी से शुरू होंगे। 

प्राइमटाइम पर ज्यादा फोकस 

'दूरदर्शननेशनल-देश का अपना चैनल' टैगलाइन बदलने के साथ ही दस नए सीरियल भी प्राइम टाइम पर करेगा। इनमें अधिकांश शो सोमवार से शुक्रवार तक शाम 7 से 10 बजे के बीच शुरू होंगे। 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AIR Plans Poetry Session to Celebrate Vajpayee's Birthday

Published: 09th December 2014 10:48 PM

All India Radio plans poetry session to celebrate Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday

NEW DELHI: With the NDA government in power at the Centre, public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) has found a unique way to celebrate the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The broadcaster has planned a poetry session, where renowned poets would be asked to compose their poems on base lines taken from two well known poems of Vajpayee.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DD invites programmes for proposed rural-based Kisan Channel

By Team Posted on : 08 Dec 2014 06:09 pm

NEW DELHI: Noting that the proposed Doordarshan Kisan is a dedicated channel for the farmers to give them information targeted to address the wholesome edutainment needs of a farmer to adopt and adapt to modern scenario, the national broadcaster has invited proposals for programmes under the Self Financing Commissioned Scheme.
DD says that the content expected for DD Kisan will primarily address the developmental needs of the farmer addressing 'Core Agriculture', 'Critical Support' and 'Essential Ancillary' areas, keeping in mind the varied agro-economic zones, climatic areas, different crops and the need to address the target audience spread across various states but will have to be entertaining and engaging.
The content on DD Kisan will be in Hindi with regional dubbing.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar blames the past for Doordarshan’s sickness

Posted on: 04/12/2014 12:27 AM   Chandni Mathur

MUMBAI: While the new government is out to restore Prasar Bharati to its olden glory, the public is slamming the pubcaster for the series of gaffes that have put it in the news recently. However, Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar says that the problems started a long time ago and it is the sour fruits that are being borne now. The heydays of Prasar Bharati came to their illogical end during the 1990s with the advent of satellite television. It's been on a downward swing ever since. "The problems have not started today; what you are getting now is just the sour fruit of an old tree. It took root when satellite TV was beginning a new era and Doordarshan was spending left, right and centre on terrestrial," Sircar tells Sircar says that the government should have woken up to the problem long time back. "Now suddenly everyone is taking note of it because there is too much cacophony happening on many news channels." 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DD moving to digitisation through Freedish and DTT: Rathore

Team Posted on : 02 Dec 2014 07:13 pm

NEW DELHI: The percentage of rural viewers who are accessing Doordarshan through its terrestrial network is 7-8 per cent of 170 million TV households, Parliament was told today.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore addressing the Parliament said that 28.73 per cent of the total expenditure of Doordarshan was spent on terrestrial distribution in the year 2013-14.

Doordarshan comes up with 10 new shows, look

By PTI | 2 Dec, 2014, 06.28PM IST

दूरदर्शन पर 10 नए शो शुरू

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan National has come up with a fresh look and 10 new prime-time shows on prevalent social issues like women empowerment and environment conservation in an attempt to restyle itself. 

The channel will be seen in colours of purple and pink now. 

"In keeping with out vision for providing wholesome entertainment to audiences across the length and breadth of the country with a public service responsibility, Doordarshan National has come up with a new look and feel and 10 new shows in prime time," said Doordarshan Director General Vijayalaxmi Chhabra. 

DD claims tech glitch behind anchor's gaffes

Himanshi Dhawan,TNN | Dec 3, 2014, 05.33 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Days after she hit headlines for her on-air gaffe Doordarshan anchor Aayenah Pahuja posted a video describing herself as suicidal and depressed with her career hitting a dead end. Pahuja said she was unable to rehearse for the event and also complained about technical glitches. A video of her describing Goa governor as "Governor of India" and other seemingly inane things to guests at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opening ceremony went viral within days. 

"By now all of you know me as a dumb DD anchor. It might be entertaining for you guys, but it's very depressing for me and lately I have felt suicidal because my career is at stake; my contracts, assignment have been snatched away from me," Pahuja said in a video interview to Logical Indian. 

डीडी की रिपोर्टर ने कहा, 'आत्महत्या करने का है मन'

Publish Date:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:06 AM (IST) | Updated Date:Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:24 AM (IST)

गोवा में खराब रिपोर्टिंग के बाद आत्महत्या करना चाहती है DD एंकर

नई दिल्ली। अपनी 'खराब रिपोर्टिंग' का वीडियो वायरल होने और मजाक उड़ाए जाने के बाद दूरदर्शन की रिपोर्टर आयना पाहूजा ने पहली बार इस मामले पर चुप्पी तोड़ी है। फेसबुक पेज 'द लॉजिकल इंडियन' ने आयना का वीडियो शेयर किया है, जिसमें उन्होंने बताया है कि इस समय उनकी आत्महत्या करने जैसी मनोस्थिति हो गई है। आयना ने लोगों से निवेदन किया है कि अब मेरा और मजाक न उड़ाएं।

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Doordarshan Kendra in VIjayawada gets its bearings right

DC CORRESPONDENT | December 02, 2014, 09.12 am IST

Vijayawada: Fortunes of Doordarshan Kendra, Vijayawada, which had been languishing in a state of neglect for decades for want of better infrastructure and staff, appear to be on the upswing.
Though this studio was set up on the demand of the people of the region, not much was done for its betterment. As a result, it left the locals, who hoped for better coverage of news, events and culture, deeply disappointed.

For decades, the Vijayawada DD studio continued to function as a transmitter of programmes produced by Hyderabad and Delhi DD studios. To retain the "studio" tag, it used to produce programmes of just half-an-hour duration per day.

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DD Odia launches disabled-friendly news website


Monday, 01 December 2014 - 11:34am IST | Aurosmita Acharya

Doordarshan Odia, the government news channel launched its dynamic website ( on Friday in the Doordarshan office premises in Bhubaneswar.
Dr RN Behera, Sr Technical Director, NIC and Jayanti Rath, Deputy Director General, DDK, launch the new Doordarshan kendra website.
Jayanti Rath, Deputy Director General (P), informed that the website would fulfil their long awaited promise to the readers of being able to get news 24/7 online. "The website is to reiterate our commitment as news broadcasters in a bid to reach out to every nook and corner at the regional, national and international level. We extend our target audience to people with disabilities through the website," she added.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Doordarshan officials blame gaffes on ‘adhocism’

By Vasudha Venugopal, ET Bureau | 1 Dec, 2014, 04.00AM IST

NEW DELHI: With a video of a Doordarshan anchor making several gaffes at the Goa film festival going viral on social media, barely two months after another anchor used a roman numeral to address the Chinese President Xi Jinping, the public broadcaster seems to be making news for all the wrong reasons. 

But even as media watchers point out that DD anchors have made at least four major mistakes on air in the past five months, officials blame the lapses on the growing dependence on "casual reporters" for reading news and anchoring programmes since vacancies have not been filled in the organisation for the past two decades. 

DD news set to lose its bilingual status soon

DC | Nitin Mahajan | December 01, 2014, 06.12 am IST

New Delhi: Doordarshan News, the dedicated news channel of the national broadcaster, is set to lose its bilingual status. Highly-placed sources stated that DD News will soon be relaunched in Hindi and subsequently a new dedicated news channel in English will also be launched. Currently, the channel broadcasts news in Hindi and English.

Sources stated that due to its bilingual status the channel has been unable to evolve a dedicated viewership. "How can dedicated viewership be evolved if the channel switches from airing Hindi to English at prime time. It is unheard of across the globe," sources said. Interestingly, at the 8-9 pm slot Hindi news is aired while at 9-10 pm slot news in English is aired.