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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DD coverage goes hi-tech

Updated: January 27, 2015 05:32 IST 

Improved images and special sign language commentary for the hearing-impaired — the national broadcaster Doordarshan's live coverage of the Republic Day parade was impressive this year.

Senior DD officials said apart from providing sign language interpretation on DD News and DD Bharati, the national broadcaster also set up 24 high-definition cameras and deputed nearly 100 skilled professionals for the coverage of the event. The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had earlier asked private channels to carry the live telecast of the parade with commentary, along with the signals of DD News with sign language interpretation.

Modi,Obama to share airwaves at 8 PM tomorrow

Monday, 26 January 2015 - 7:50pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

President Obama and PM Modi to Share Airwaves in 'Mann Ki Baat' Special Edition Tomorrow

The joint radio address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'Mann ki Baat' and US President Barack Obama will be aired at 8pm tomorrow and is likely to be of a little more than half-an-hour duration. Modi tweeted today along with a photograph showing him with Obama with a caption: "Sharing our 'Mann Ki Baat' during the recording of the radio programme. Tune in on 27th January at 8 PM IST for the special episode! #MannKiBaat #Radio #USA #India."

Sources said the recording of the programme was done this afternoon at Hyderabad House and it is going to be nearly 35 minute-long, which is longer than Modi's previous 'Man Ki Baat editions. The Prime Minister, who in this episode conducts the show himself, will be heard speaking in the programme in both Hindi and English and has chosen questions related to the topic Indo-US relations, sources said. This is the first time that 'Mann ki Baat' will have a guest appearing along with Modi, sharing the airwaves.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Doordarshan relaunches website to increase accessibility

The new website also offers ease of navigation as it has dedicated pages of each national channel

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | January 22, 2015

Doordarshan's website,, was relaunched with a whole new look on January 14, 2015. The new website is fresh, vibrant, contemporary and colourful. The emphasis is as much on aesthetic appeal as it is on content and administration related details. The new website also offers ease of navigation as it has dedicated pages of each national channel, including one for DD Kisan which is yet to be launched.

Touted to be the corporate website, Doordarshan's newly launched website further links the user to all regional channels' existing websites. The topics on the home page range from specific details on DD Free Dish to news headlines, scheduled movies of the week and easy social media accessibility. Also, via website, users would be able to access live streaming of DD News.

To infuse vibrancy, the website also offers a clickable option for users to view the website in four different colour themes. The users can also change the sizes of the fonts for ease of legibility. There is an added new feature – the dynamically updated programme schedule of national channels with regular update being done remotely by What's On India. This channel guide allows users to view the programmes being telecast for that particular time band on each channel, as well as the programmes lined up for the entire day.

DD to introduce new infrastructure for 35th National Games

Team Posted on : 22 Jan 2015 06:24 pm

MUMBAI: Indian pubcaster Doordarshan is planning an expansive coverage of the 35th National Games through its main sports and numerous regional channels. This will include live telecasts, highlights and news based programs of the Games.
Doordarshan will start telecasting special programs on Games from 31 January to 14 February, 2015. This includes the opening and closing ceremonies of the National Games.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Obama to join Modi on 'Mann ki Baat'

Updated: January 22, 2015 08:45 IST 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that President Obama will feature along with him on the next episode of 'Mann ki Batt' on All India Radio.

Doordarshan all set to make Republic Day parade an iconic visual treat

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 6:20am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Indian security establishment has not yet given up hope to persuade its US counterparts to let the US President Barack Obama arrive as the chief guest for Republic Day parade accompanying President Pranab Mukherjee in his limousine.

Highly placed sources said that while all the other security issues have been sorted out, President Obama's arrival to Rajpath and departure still remains open and the security staff accompanying POTUS may relent and agree to their request.

"It is still being debated and we hope that instead of traveling in his separate limousine called the Beast, president Obama will arrive and depart in our President's car. We have met and answered all the concerns of the US security staff accompanying president Obama," sources said.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

There is more to January than Republic Day, DD Bharati programmes show

Team Posted on : 20 Jan 2015 03:14 pm

NEW DELHI: The onset of the Basant Panchami festival and the month of Magh in the Hindu calendar will be marked by DD Bharati with the launch of its special series "Maihar Gharana."
The series features four stars of Ustad Baba Allaudin Khan Maihar Gharana: sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Sharan Rani Backlliwal and Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.


RNMTEAM | 01/20/2015 07:22:30 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The onset of the Basant Panchami festival and the month of Magh in the Hindu calendar will be marked by DD Bharati with the launch of its special series 'Maihar Gharana'.

The series features four shinning stars of Ustad Baba Allaudin Khan Maihar Gharana: sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Sharan Rani Backlliwal and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Ustad Baba Allauddin was regarded throughout India as a musician saint and remained a student of music till the age of 70 completely mastering the Dhrupad and instrumental compositions of the Seni Gharana, and adding innumerable new compositions and many new Ragas, such as Hemant, Shobhavati, Durgeshwari etc.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Swachh Bharat campaign success stories to be aired on DD, AIR

Monday, 19 January 2015 - 6:40pm ,Agency: PTI

Success stories related to 'Swachh Bharat' campaign and its positive outcomes will soon be beamed to viewers and listeners of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR).

Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday said that it is important that success stories of the ongoing campaign is telecast on public broadcasters.

"We are picking up success stories on how a single person in a small village has been able to change things and those success models will create an example for others to follow," he said.

DD Urdu: Over 160 series commissioned; several new series launched this month

Team Posted on : 19 Jan 2015 05:47 pm

NEW DELHI: A total of around 400-odd serials have been selected for Doordarshan's Urdu service out of a total of 580 that were pending before the Prasar Bharati Board.
According to DD additional director general Anita Sinha, 165 series out of these have been commissioned.
Thus, after DD National, DD Bharati and DD News, a major revamp of DD Urdu has been undertaken with several new shows being introduced from the beginning of this month. These are new niche shows that cater to their selective audience.

Monday, January 19, 2015


RNMTEAM | 01/17/2015 06:15:57 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has launched a new talent show on ghazal singing, 'Jashn-e-Begum Akhtar' to commemorate the centenary year of Padma Bhushan Begum Akhtar, on DD Urdu.

This All India one-of-a-kind talent hunt has been conceptualised to look for a talented voice that can carry forward the legacy of ghazal singing. The idea of the show is to encourage the youth to reunite with their roots and values and appreciate the beauty and dignity of the Urdu language.