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Friday, July 25, 2014

'Strengthening of DD coverage in border area ongoing process'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  July 24, 2014 Last Updated at 19:09 IST

The government today termed strengthening of coverage of Doordarshan to counter anti-India propaganda along border areas as "ongoing process" and said the national broadcaster has given "priority" to its expansion through various plans. 

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Prasar Bharti has approved a scheme in 11th Plan to further strengthen the television coverage in Jammu and Kashmir. 

FM channels can carry All India Radio's news bulletins under Phase 3: Government

By PTI | 24 Jul, 2014, 07.47PM IST

NEW DELHI: Government today said that under approved guidelines for FM Radio Phase III, permission- holders will be permitted to carry news bulletins of All India Radio in "exactly same format" on terms agreed with public broadcaster Prasar Bharti.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that private FM channels have not been permitted to broadcast news under the existing FM Radio (Phase II) policy guidelines. 

First radio broadcast in India commemorated in Odisha capital


Odisha Sun Times Bureau, Bhubaneswar, July 24

Leading social organisation 'Outreach', in association with Community Radio Association east zone, organised a function at the Red Cross Bhavan Seminar Hall at Bhubaneswar on Wednesday to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the first radio broadcast in India.

IMG_5840The first radio broadcast took place in Mumbai by a radio club way back on July 23, 1927.

Vijaya Laxmi Chhabra named interim DG of Doordarshan

By Team Posted on : 24 Jul 2014 08:11 pm

MUMBAI: Even before the current Doordarshan director general (DG) Tripurari Sharan's term comes to an end later this month, a new person who would later take charge has been found.
Vijaya  Laxmi Chhabra has been named as the interim DG of Doordarshan. She was the former ADG (programmes) in All India Radio and was set to retire in March. She will hold charge till the next DG is found.

Over 1400 designs received from general public for DAVP ads: Javadekar

By Team Posted on : 24 Jul 2014 06:44 pm

NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the government has received 1470 designs from the general public for advertisements to be issued by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP).
The Minister said in an informal chat that the response of the public came after the Ministry sought public participation on 15 July. Earlier, all the advertisements were designed by the DAVP.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AIR to bring Commonwealth Games Glasgow action live in India

Writer: exchange4media News Service - Thursday, Jul 24,2014 9:35 AM

All India Radio (AIR) will be broadcasting all the Commonwealth Games action live from July 24 to August 4, 2014. The Games are being held in Glasgow. Live coverage includes Curtain Raiser on July 23, Opening Ceremony on July 24, Closing Ceremony on August 4.

AIR will also broadcast live commentary of all the hockey matches (Men's and Women's) featuring India, including the semi-finals and final matches. India-specific Men's and Women's matches and final matches of the badminton events will also be covered live by AIR.

Plans to monetise AIR and DD archives, can be a way towards independent pubcaster

RnM Team    23 Jul 14 20:47 IST

MUMBAI: In case there is doubt on how All India Radio (AIR) would survive if it becomes autonomous, then the reply to that would be their archives which include speeches and performances by many renowned personalities. A team from AIR are working on monetising the archives.

Archival Marketing Group is working closely with AIR employees to market Prasar Bharati's archival programmes. The three member group, set-up couple of years ago, includes- Chairman Subroto Chattopadhyay (former Saregama MD and chairman of The Peninsula Foundation), member Sudha Gopalakrishnan (executive director at Sahapedia and former mission director of the National Mission for Manuscripts); and member Vikram Sampath (founder Archive of Indian Music).

Chattopadhyay said, "We are working together on building further capacity and capability in AIR and DD. We are creating a process that will help the archive be marketed in the best possible way." Chattopadhyay incubates FMCG, entertainment and knowledge and insights businesses as well.

AIR houses music recordings which run into more than 17500 hours. It has 12000 tapes consisting of Hindustani, Carnatic and Folk music; and 190 Radio Autobiographies. It has approximately transferred 17500 Hours of content into digital Medium so far. There are about 10000 tapes yet to be transferred. AIR has managed to release CDs containing Hindustani vocal/ instrumental, Carnatic Vocal/ instrumental and Light/Devotional/Patriotic music.

Govt to Implement New Scheme to Archive Films: Javadekar

NEW DELHI | JUL 23, 2014

Government is in the process of implementation of a new scheme "National Film Heritage Mission" to restore, digitize and archive films and filmic materials, the Lok Sabha was told today.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply that the Expenditure Finance Committeee (EFC) has recommended the implementation of the scheme for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

He said government also proposes to declare the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, to be the institutions of national importance through the proposed "The Natinal Institutes of Film, Television and Allied Studies Bill 2014.

"The Information and Broadcasting ministry is in the process of implementation of a new scheme "National Film Heritage Mission" to restore, digitize and archive films and filmic materials.

AIR launched new short wave service with Vividh Bharati and National Channel

Jul 23rd, 2014

All India Radio (AIR) has started a new Short Wave service with Vividh Bharati and National Channel combined on 9380 kHz coming from Aligarh towards Southern India. The new service was launched on July 21, 2014.

The schedule of the new service is 6.30 AM to 10.05 AM IST Vividh Bharati and 2.30 PM to 7.30 PM IST Vividh Bharati.

Gujjar body demands Gojri news on Doordarshan in J&K

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu  July 23, 2014 Last Updated at 20:09 IST

An organisation of the Gujjar community in Jammu and Kashmir has asked the Indian government to start Gojri news on Doordarshan in the state and increase programmes in the language on AIR. 

The demand has been made by state president of Bhartiya Gujjar Mahasabha Eshfaq-ur-Rehman Poswal in a letter written to I&B Minister Parkash Javdekar today. 

"We demand the Government of India to start Gojri news on Doordarshan in J&K, besides increasing duration of Gojri programmes on AIR," Poswal has said in the letter. 

All India Radio: History, Status and Future

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Amit Das, AIR (All India Radio) officially known as Akashvani has pioneered broadcasting right from the British days. The person responsible for the name of All India Radio is none other than Lionel Fieldon who was responsible for starting broadcasting in India.  AIR today is the division of Prasar Bharathi an autonomous corporation of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India. The AIR used to be part of the government until recently when it was decided to give autonomy to free it from government control. 

The Doordarshan is the TV wing of Prasar Bharathi which was also owned by the Ministry but again to free it from government control, it was made autonomous. EARLY HISTORY   The history of news broadcasting in India is much older than that of All India Radio. The first ever news bulletin in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station on July 23, 1927 under a private company, the Indian  Broadcasting Company. A month later on August 26, 1927 another bulletin in Bengali was started from the Calcutta Station.  Until 1935, two bulletins, one each in English and Hindustani were broadcast from Bombay and a bulletin in Bengali was broadcast from Calcutta.  

The Indian Broadcasting Company went into liquidation in March, 1930 following which broadcasting came under the direct control of the Government of India.  The service was designated as the Indian State Broadcasting Service.  It was renamed All India Radio on June 8, 1936. DEVELOPMENT   The real breakthrough in news broadcasting came after January 1936 when the first news bulletin from the Delhi Station went on the air on January 19, 1936 coinciding with the starting of its transmission.  Besides, news bulletins in English and Hindustani, talks on current affairs were also started from the Station in both the languages. The Central News Organization was set up on August 1, 1937.