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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Australia's ABC to be available on DD's DTH platform

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  July 30, 2013

Australian channel ABC International will now be available to viewers of Doordarshan's Direct to Home (DTH) platform after Prasar Bharati and the Australian network signed an agreement today.

The channel is the international service of the Australian public service broadcaster and is beamed to more than 40 countries in Asiaand the Pacific.

Officials said that ABC International will be available on DD Direct Plus from November 1.

Prasar Bharati CEO.............................

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recapturing Hearts : Buniyaad returns to Doordarshan

Source: The Indian Express | EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE :
Tue Jul 30 2013

The 1986-TV series Buniyaad returns to Doordarshan after 27 years. The period drama, that told the story of a family during Partition and its aftermath, drew out many iconic characters for an audience untouched by set-top boxes and pay channels. The plot revolves around a young Master Haveliram (Alok Nath) who falls in love and marries Lajwanti (Anita Kanwar), their family strife, struggles, separations and reunion. The story was written by journalist and author, Manohar Shyam Joshi, who had by then scripted TV's first "soap-opera" Hum Log. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, who the country knew as the director for Sholay, and Jyoti Sarup, it had numerous actors who launched their careers through this series. Kiran Juneja as Veeravali, Haveliram's sister, Dalip Tahil, as Bhushan, Haveliram's elder son, Soni Razdan as Lochan, Bhushan's wife, and Vinod Nagpal as Shyamlal, a family friend, among others were memorable for their roles. Its return to the small screen (not the first time) will be a walk down memory lane for the older audience, while for the current generation, it will be a showcase of life at its stoic best.

The show is being aired on Doordarshan every Thursday at 8.30 pm.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Maker of 'Malgudi Days' is dead

Source: Times of India | Bangalore
Jul 28, 2013, 04.04AM IST

BANGALORE: The maker of 'Malgudi Days' is no more. TS Narasimhan, film and TV serial producer, passed away at his residence in Tata Silk Farm here on Friday night. He was 86 and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

According to Badarinath, Narasimhan's son, the producer had been ailing for sometime. "He had undergone a surgery about 8 years ago and didn't recover from that. He had a cup of soup last night (Friday) and died at 9pm,'' said Narasimhan.

Narasimhan became popular for producing 'Malgudi Days', a Hindi serial for Doordarshan in 1986 based on the works of RK Narayan. The 39-episode serial was................................................


Media is moving towards digitisation: Prasar Bharati CEO

Source: The Economic Times | Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau
Jul 27, 2013, 06.02PM IST

KOLKATA: The future of media is moving in the direction of the digital. Print, films, radio are all heading inexorably towards digitisation of their content and transmission. They would now have to chase their viewers, who are constantly on the move, rather than expect them to watch a fixed TV or sit at a PC desk.

This is what Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, told ET on a recent visit to Kolkata. "Hand-held devices (like smartphones and tablets) as the 'hard' and 'soft' ends of the new game and young Indians are not lagging behind. Like most others of their age all over the world, they have seized every new platform that the 'new media' offered as soon as they appeared, but connectivity often played spoilsport," said Sircar.

He went on to say webs and blogs, Facebook, Google Plus, Linkedin, YouTube and Twitter are now essential 'oxygen' for the youth, and "elders are also clambering on, for sheer survival".

Sircar said that "sky is the limit" for the size of the...................................................


All India Radio’s New Serial “Jamunia” Starts Tonight on Its National Network

Source: | Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Release ID :97444)
26 July, 2013

All India Radio is starting the broadcast of a new weekly Radio serial titled "Jamunia" from today on its National Network. The half an hour weekly radio serial will be broadcast every Friday at 9:30 pm on ALL INDIA RADIO`s Indraprastha Channel.

Jamunia is a story of a poor but highly motivated woman who through her courage and commitment gives a voice to her fellow villagers and makes them aware of various schemes and programmes of Government. The villagers start looking up to her and this generates a new awakening amongst them.

The Serial to be .broadcast in 26 episodes at 9.30 p.m. every Friday brings out a picture which highlights the rapid transformation towards development, which lakhs of villages in India are presently undergoing.

Along with the Indraprastha channel, the radio serial will also be broadcast througsh additional centres of AIR.


Season of re-runs and gritty viewing

Source: Hindustan Times | By Poonam Saxena, HT
July 27, 2013

It's the season of re-runs. Buniyaad, India's first big family serial in colour (Hum Log was in black and white), returned to Doordarshan this week, 27 years after it was made. For readers who belong to another generation and have only the fuzziest notion of what Buniyaad was all about, here's a very brief, very basic primer.

Set against the backdrop of Partition, the show traces the fortunes of the family of the idealistic nationalist and Arya Samaji, Master Haveliram and his gentle, loving wife Lajoji.

This is the show that launched dozens of careers — from Alok Nath (who played Haveliram) to a whole host of................

Delhi signs MoU with Doordarshan

26 JUL 2013

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Doordarshan's Art & Culture channel, DD Bharati.

Delhi signs MoU with Doordarshan
The MoU will be effective for three years, was signed at the Doordarshan (DD) office by Tripurari Sharan, director general of Doordarshan and G G Saxena, managing director & CEO of DTTDC along with Usha Bhasin, channel head of Doordarshan.

According to the MoU, Doordarshan will promote Delhi's tourism for three years through documentaries and cultural events. DD Bharti will cover all the cultural events in Delhi while..............................................................

Friday, July 26, 2013

Doordarshan to start Hindi news channels in four states

Source : livemint | Vidhi Choudhury | Updated: Fri, Jul 26 2013. 12 44 AM IST
First Published: Thu, Jul 25 2013. 10 25 PM IST

The main opposition party BJP questioned the timing of the launch of the news channels

A file photo of I&B minister Manish Tewari. Photo: PIB
A file photo of I&B minister Manish Tewari. Photo: PIB

New Delhi: State-run broadcaster Doordarshan will start Hindi news channels for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, states that will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the national election due in May 2014.

This is an attempt by the public broadcaster to provide localized and region-specific content to the four Hindi heartland states, Manish Tewari, minister of information and broadcasting, told reporters in New Delhi.

The channel may provide a platform to the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to publicize its achievements, including the food security law that seeks to provide subsidized foodgrains to the poor, according to experts.
Experts are, however, sceptical whether starting news channels will.........................

Byomkesh Bakshi, Chanakya to be re-run on Doordarshan

Source: Hindustan Times | Sweta Kaushal, New Delhi, July 25, 2013
Published on Fri,26 Jul 2013
Popular TV shows of yesteryears Chanakya and Byomkesh Bakshi will be aired again on Doordarshan, in a bid to boost up the TRPs, Doordarshan News tweeted on Thursday. 

TV series Buniyaad will also be re-telecast.

The development comes at a time when Indian cinema is showing newly-grown love for...........

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Delhi Tourism, DD sign MoU to promote tourism

Source: PTI News | STAFF WRITER 20:40 HRS IST

New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Delhi Tourism and Doordarshan today signed a memorandum of understanding under which the public service broadcaster will air programmes with an aim to promote tourism in the city.

As per the MoU, Doordarshan will promote Delhi's tourism for three years through documentaries and cultural events.

The wonder that was Radio

Source: The New Indian Express |  By Express News Service - CHENNAI
25th July 2013 11:03 AM

It has been 86 years since All India Radio was started in India. To mark the occasion, a special postal cover was released. | Albin Mathew/EPS
It has been 86 years since All India Radio was started in India. To mark the occasion, a special postal cover was released. | Albin Mathew/EPS

It was a celebration of 86 years since electricity crackled through the capacitors and amplifiers of the Indian Broadcasting Company's Bombay transmitter station on July 23, 1927, bringing to life the first radio station in Bombay.

Tributes poured in, highlighting the glorious era of Radio when it was the sole medium of entertainment before the advent of television, at a function here.

At a programme held to mark the anniversary, former Supreme Court Judge S Mohan walked down memory lane highlighting how it...........

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Jamuniya broadcast to commence on 26 July

Source: | RnM Team25 Jul 13 14:05 IST

NEW DELHI: 'Jamuniya', a series aimed at women empowerment, is to be broadcast on All India Radio from tomorrow to show how even a single woman can work to achieve her goals if she sets her mind to it.

'Jamuniya' will be broadcast every Friday on AIR's Indraprastha Channel at 9.30 pm and relayed by linked transmitters.

The series is the story of a poor woman who is not highly educated but is aware of the rights of a woman.

She raises her voice at every instance of exploitation of the poor and of women, and gradually brings about a transformation among the villagers – particularly women – who join her whenever she raises any issue.

The series is in 26 episodes and has been produced by the Bhopal Kendra of All India Radio.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Delhi Tourism, Doordarshan sign MoU to promote tourism

Source: The Economics Times | By PTI
24 Jul, 2013, 09.45PM IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi Tourism andDoordarshan today signed a memorandum of understanding under which the public service broadcaster will air programmes with an aim to promote tourism in the city.

As per the MoU, Doordarshan will promote Delhi's tourism for three years through documentaries and cultural events.

According to the MoU, Doordarshan's art and culture channel DD Bharati will cover all the cultural events in Delhi while Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation(DTTDC) will assist it in producing special programmes and documentaries.

DTTDC will extend support to Doordashan while preparing stories on various themes such as lesser known monuments of Delhi, sound and light show at Dilli Haats and on other aspects of tourism.

"As per the MoU, DTTDC will extend credits to Doordarshan as its TV media partner in all its publicity material," Sudhir Sobti, spokesperson of Delhi Tourism said.

Doordarshan looks to past to shore up its viewership

Source: |
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 21:43

New Delhi: Doordarshan is delving into the past to shore up its viewership.

The public broadcaster has decided to repeat telecast of its serials 'Buniyaad', so popular in late 1980s, as also 'Chanakya', 'Byomkesh Bakshi' and 'Parsai Kehte Hain' to attract more viewers.

In a joint press conference with veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy who directed 'Buniyaad', DG Doordarshan Tripurari Sharan told reporters that the DD National would telecast the landmark serial every Thursday and Friday.

"Why Buniyaad again? Wherever I go, people ask me can I do something with 'Sholay' again and the......................

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Special postal cover of Chennai AIR station released

July 24, 2013

The cover has a photograph of AIR, Chennai, which is celebrating its platinum jubilee — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
The Hindu

The cover has a photograph of AIR, Chennai, which is celebrating its platinum jubilee — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Everyone who gathered at the All India Radio station here on Tuesday had memories to share of their favourite medium of entertainment that celebrates its platinum jubilee year.

Former Supreme Court judge S. Mohan who released the platinum jubilee souvenir recalled his younger days when radio was the only medium of communication and entertainment.

"I was moved by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's speech, broadcast after..................

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Soon: 24x7 ‘darshan’ of Lucknow DD

Source: Hindustan Times| HT Correspondent |  Lucknow
July 24, 2013

Lucknow Doordarshan is set to get a 'satellite avatar'.

Coming August 1, the channel's daily dose of infotainment including 'Krishi Darshan', cultural programmes, talk shows with local authorities and all-time hit dramas are likely to be available 24x7 for viewers across the country in a new channel -- DD UP (free to air).

The switchover to satellite mode would enable subscribers to view the channel on cable/ DTH connections.

Lucknow Doordarshan would be the third after Patna (DD Bihar) and Bhopal (DD MP).................................

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Shift medium wave channels on FM and take them around the country: Jawhar Sircar

Source: | RnM Team  
23 Jul 13 18:22 IST

NEW DELHI: In a scenario where the receiver sets for Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) are out of the reach of the common man owing to the cost factor, the best alternative for All India Radio is to take the national channel across the country through a network of FM stations, Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said today.

Addressing a meet on Radio in a Digital Age to mark 86 years of broadcasting in India, Sircar said that this could be achieved by transmitters set up at regular intervals of seventy to eighty kilometers since the FM channels being terrestrial had a limited spectrum and range. This would result in vacating the Medium Wave spectrum and thus lower the costs for - what he called - 'FM-isation of the country'.

He said there was urgent need to take a call on this issue at a time when broadcasting was poised for a.................

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Yesteryear’s TV show Buniyaad compared to Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay!

Source: Daily Bhaskar | Kanchan Thakur
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Popular 1986 drama series Buniyaad is all set be aired on Doordarshan again. Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy who directed it, has got his fingers crossed about this relaunch. He is hoping that today's generation accepts it like it's audience did it before. The cast of the series present at the relaunch credit the serial for giving them the identity they hold today in the industry. So much so that they have compared this series to big screen's epic films Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay.

While speaking to the media, actor Mangal Dhillon stated, " Buniyaad is television's Mughal-e-azam and......................


Buniyaad returns

Source: DNA | By Chaya Unnikrishnan
Monday, Jul 22, 2013, 13:44 IST

One of the landmark series of Indian television, Buniyaadthat dealt with the 1947 partition is all set to be aired on Doordarshan again. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, it was aired on Doordarshan way back in 1986 and later had re-runs on the satellite channels. The series, which redefined the careers of most of its actors that included Alok Nath, Kanwaljeet Singh, Kiran Juneja and Neena Gupta will be aired for the sixth time from next Thursday. The veteran director got the cast together to relive their golden days recently.

Alok Nath who played the iconic character of Haveliram reminisces

The serial was literally the buniyaad (foundation) for so many actors. We were in awe of Sippy, who had directed Sholay. A bunch of strugglers, we were like students and it was an enormous feeling to learn from him and perform. I had the role of a lifetime and am still looking for...............................


Monday, July 22, 2013

Hope Buniyaad will be equally liked now: Ramesh Sippy

Source: Times of India | IANS
Jul 22, 2013, 01.56 PM IST
The popular drama series "Buniyaad" that aired on Doordarshan 27 years ago is all set to be aired for the sixth time. Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy is happy about this and hopes it will be equally liked by today's generation.

Sippy co-directed the series with Jyoti Sarup.

"I hope that this serial will be liked by today's youngesters as much as it was liked by the younger generation of that time," Sippy said at the re-launch party of the show.

"If they don't like it, then no matter as the audience is so.................................

'Buniyaad' to air on Doordarshan

Source: | Bollywood Trade Editorial
Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:12:46 PM (IST)
'Buniyaad' the popular series on Doordarshan which dealt with the 1947 partition is returning on the channel for its sixth airing from next Thursday.

The drama series has been telecast on various channels previously, but this time what's special is that producer-director Ramesh Sippy will get the cast together for a grand party on July 20th to relive their golden days.

Sippy says, "It's a classic and therefore there's a recall value among people who...........................

France24 will be available on Prasar Bharati's DD Direct Plus

Source: Cable Quest | Friday, 19 July 2013 03:10

France 24, will be available on DD Direct Plus from 1 November 2013.

The channel is available in most of Africa, west Asia, Europe and in some cities in the US.

The agreement was signed by French 24 vice-president Eric Cremmer and Doordarshan's additional director general Ranjan P Thakur on 17 July.

A Prasar Bharati press release states that the agreement is a step by DD towards fulfilling its public...........................


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AIR to offer free news service through SMS

Source: | By Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi,
July 15, 2013

Registered users will receive up to three free SMS with news rated content on their mobile phones.

AIR or All India Radio has announced that it will soon be going to launch an SMS based news service for the people in India. Under this All India Radio will be sending out News based SMS messages to registered users on their registered mobile phones for a maximum of three times a day. This service will be brought free of cost to the users with no charges involved in the process of receiving messages on their mobile phones.

AIR to offer free news service

The News Services Division (SMS service) of AIR will provide news headlines free of cost to its......................


Monday, July 15, 2013

The Leveson Inquiry Report | The Right Honourable Lord Justice Leveson | November, 2012


1.  For the seventh time in less than 70 years, a report has been commissioned by the Government which has dealt with concerns about the press. It was sparked by public revulsion about a single action – the hacking of the mobile phone of a murdered teenager. From that beginning, the scope of the Inquiry was expanded to cover the culture, practices and ethics of the press in its relations with the public, with the police, with politicians and, as to the police and politicians, the conduct of each. It carries with it authority provided personally by the Prime Minister. It requires me to consider the extent to which there was a failure to act on previous warnings as to the conduct of the press, the way in which the press has been regulated (if it has) and, in any event, how regulation should work in the future.
2.  The inclusion of the relationship between the press and the police came about because of public concern that the police had become too close to the press in general, and News International in particular, with the result that the investigation of phone hacking had not been conducted with the rigour that it deserved and calls for re-consideration of the allegations were ignored. Inclusion of the press and  politicians followed not only because of the political consensus from the Government and Opposition parties that politicians had been too close to the press but also because of concerns about the bid by News Corporation for the remaining shares in BSkyB plc. The operation of the wider regulatory framework in relation to data protection, together with consideration of issues of plurality of ownership and its effect on competition came to be included as wider consideration was given to the all embracing nature of the Terms of Reference for Part 1.
Full  Report can be downloaded from:

The Executive Summary can be downloaded from:

All India Radio news to be delivered as SMS soon

15 Jul, 2013
All India Radio (AIR) news will soon be available on mobile phones via SMS. The public sector broadcaster is all set to launch an SMS-based service which will bring the latest headlines to registered users across the country.

Official sources said through this service, AIR would send news alerts thrice everyday to its registered users. Every SMS will have 3 to 4 news headlines along with an advertisement tag. Officials said this latest service was expected to expand the reach of AIR, while the advertisement tag could generate revenues as the service becomes popular.



SMS alerts for AIR news soon


 The headlines, which will constitute news content, will have nearly 100 characters, as..........................................

AIR news on mobile phones via SMS soon

The Indian Express : New Delhi,
Sun Jul 14 2013, 14:34 hrs
All India Radio (AIR) news will soon be available on mobile phones via SMS. The public sector broadcaster is all set to launch an SMS-based service which will bring the latest headlines to registered users across the country. Official sources said through this service, AIR would send news alerts thrice everyday to its registered users.

Every SMS will have 3 to 4 news headlines along with an advertisement tag. Officials said this latest service was expected to expand the reach of AIR, while the advertisement tag could generate revenues as the service becomes popular. The headlines, which will constitute news content, will have nearly 100 characters, as finalised by the News Service Division of AIR, while an advertising tag of up to 60 characters will follow.

The Marketing Division of AIR would try to sell the advertising tags .............................................

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DD, SPIC MACAY holding show

Source: The New Indian Express | By Express News Service - Thiruvananthapuram
13th July, 2013

In an attempt to take advantage of new generation television programmes to promote traditional art, Doordarshan, along with the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) has come up with a television programme 'Naad Bhed', a reality show for Classical music. This is claimed to be the first reality show in India based solely on classical music.

The show will be hosted by veteran actress Shabana Azmi. The Doordarshan authorities said they are also in talks with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to co-host the programme.

The show, named as 'Naad Bhed' or 'The Mystery of Sounds', will see.........................................


DD to commence series on Tagore's poems from 15 July

Source: | 13 July 2013 1:20 pm
NEW DELHI: Doordarshan is to commence telecast of a new series, 'Rabindranath Tagore's Poem' from 15 July as a tribute to the Nobel Laureate to mark his 150th birth anniversary.

The series is slated to be telecast every Monday at 10 pm on DD National. Titled 'Thrayadashee', is a compilation of 13 short films based on 13 poems of Tagore. Each film narrates a different theme and mood like solitude, singularity, border, religion, love, relationship, betrayal, hope etc with subtlety and in profound cinematic language.

Thrayadashee is not a periodical but has a universality of time and space. The 13 films are...........................................


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Prasar Bharati Forced To Operate In Extreme Constriction

Source: | media and entertainment
09 Jul 2013
Jawhar Sircar
Picture by ABP
Government may have granted financial and operational autonomy to Prasar Bharati, but every tranche of state funding comes after several frustrating delays affecting its functioning, feels its CEO Jawhar Sircar.
At a time when the public broadcaster was at "cross roads" where decisions related to adoption of new technologies had to be taken, Prasar Bharati is forced to operate under "extreme constriction", Sircar says in a candid write up.
"Government has delegated its financial powers up to Rs 300 crore to Prasar Bharati, but every tranche of governmental funding comes after several frustrating delays, meanders and dogged pursual," he says.
"With not a single Financial Appraisal Officer in position despite months of efforts, what does financial autonomy matter? The Prasar Bharati Act gives a.....................
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AIR to mark advent of Radio in India with discussion on digitization

Source: | RnM Team    
09 Jul 13 18:28 IST


NEW DELHI: To mark 86 years of the advent of radio in the country, All India Radio(AIR) has drawn up plans to organize a symposium and cultural evening to discuss 'Radio in Digital Age'.The event will be held on 23 July, 86 years to the day in 1927 when the private Indian Broadcasting Company LTD (IBC) was authorized to operate two radio stations in Mumbai and Kolkata.

"Veteran agricultural scientist Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, senior mediaperson B G Verghese, artiste Vidhushi Shanti Hiranand, litterateurs Prof. Namvar Singh, Prof. R B Singh, and R K Singh will speak on the subject.There will be a musical evening where there will be presentations by the AIR Orchestra (on 100 Years of Indian Cinema), and a Ghazal presentation by Ustad Ahmed Hussain Mohammed Hussain," Sources told It will happen in two different locations in Delhi.

By 20 November 2012 AIR network had grown up to 299 stations and.......................


Doordarshan adds 4 more channels to its regional language channel basket

Source: MMNetworks | By: MediaMughals
July 10, 2013

Doordarshan has strengthened its hold in the 24-hour regional language channels by adding four more channels. DD launched regional language channels inPatna, Bhopal, Jaipur and Lucknow and with this its total regional language channels have reached 15.

The public broadcaster already has 11 regional language channels and the programmes to these centres are telecasted fro around four hours each evening from 5 pm.

Doordarshan Director General Tripurari Sharan confirmed the launch of four channels and also said that these channels will be launched formally after trials.

The channels will follow DD national, i.e., it will be mixture of news and general entertainment.


With 4 more channels, DD's regional language channels go up to 15

9 July 2013 01:43 pm
NEW DELHI: Doordarshan's strength of 24-hour regional language channels has gone up to fifteen with the soft launch of channels in Patna, Bhopal, Jaipur and Lucknow.

While the public service broadcaster already has eleven regional language channels, the programmes to these centres were being telecast for about four hours every evening from 5.00 pm.

Doordarshan director general Tripurari Sharan, confirming the soft launch, said these channels may be formally launched later after trial runs.

He said they would be on the lines of DD National – a mix of............................

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

DD to start 24 hour channels for MP, UP, Bihar and Rajasthan

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India | New Delhi July 8, 2013 Last Updated at 22:05 IST
Published on : Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 10:03 AM IST

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is operationalising four round-the-clock Doordarshan channels for Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, ahead of Lok Sabha elections with the four states together accounting for over 160 seats.

Official sources said while earlier four hours of content was being beamed to these states, the public broadcaster is completely transforming these channels which will now function round the clock.

The sources said while DD-Madhya Pradesh and DD-Bihar (which was earlier known as DD......................

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Friday, July 5, 2013

DD to host classical music show together with Spic-Macay

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  Chennai  July 4, 2013 Last Updated at 17:55 IST
Friday, July 5, 2013 | 02:59 PM IS

National broadcaster Doordarshan in association with Spic-Macay will host a classical music reality show--"Naad Bed" with a total prize money of Rs 10 lakh.

'Naad Bedh- The Mystery of Sound' is a reality show which will cover the major streams of music--Carnatic and Hindustani and is aimed at encouraging youngsters to exhibit their musical talent, a release from Doordarshan here said.

Aspirants up to the age of 26 years are..........................

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AIR journey – down memory lane

Source: The Hindu | CHENNAI,
July 4, 2013

  • Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan giving Hindustani vocal concert as part of Akashvani Sangeeth Sameelan 2012, organised by All India Radio at Visakhaptnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
    The HinduUstad Iqbal Ahmed Khan giving Hindustani vocal concert as part of Akashvani Sangeeth Sameelan 2012, organised by All India Radio at Visakhaptnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Milestone The saga of All India Radio Madras began in 1938. A look at some aural delights.

Friday Review starts Randor Guy's monthly column on AIR Madras, which is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee this year.

All India Radio (AIR) celebrates its Platinum Jubilee this year having commenced operations in Madras, the then capital of the composite Madras Presidency, in 1938. The journey through the decades has been interesting, exciting and certainly entertaining.

(This writer has been involved with All India Radio since his.............................

Now, Competition Commission initiates investigation against TAM

Source: BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 4, 2013

Seeks information from other stakeholders to establish if TAM is abusing its dominant position as alleged by Prasar Bharati

Even as embattled TAM Media Research (TAM MRPL) is facing heat from majority of top broadcasters over alleged inconsistency and inaccuracy in television viewership ratings, its problems have just been compounded by the latest move by Competition Commission of India.

Acting on the complaint received from Prasar Bharati against TAM Media Research for alleged abuse of its dominant position in violation of Section 4 of the Competition Act, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has initiated an investigation against TAM. In a bid to get comments/views from.....................

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‘Bharat Nirman’ PR drive to begin

Source: The Asian Age | By Nitin Mahajan | Age Correspondent | New Delhi
Jul 04, 2013

The UPA government is set to unleash its Bharat Nirman campaign, "Meelo hum aa gaye Meelo hamien jaana hain", on regional airwaves. The information and broadcasting ministry is preparing to launch the publicity drive on All-India Radio and regional FM channels across the country in 11 regional languages.

The step comes after the success of the first phase of the 15-day-long Bharat Nirman: Glimpses of India Story campaign, costing about `16 crores. This newspaper was the first to report on May 17 that despite coming under criticism from the Opposition on the advertisement campaign, the government is set to launch the second phase of the Bharat Nirman campaign soon.
The campaign has been launched in 11 regional languages across the country in order to reach out to the poor and the most marginalised people in all corners of the country. With elections just an year away, the UPA government had launched a multimedia initiative aimed at listing its achievements over the past nine years.

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DDK empanelment

Source:E-PAO | Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 01 2013: A release from Doordarshan Kendra Imphal has informed all concerned candidates who have applied for empanelment in DDK Imphal on casual contract to collect Admit Cards from the Healthy India Section by showing receipts issued at the time of form submission during office hour from 2-5 July, 2013.


CCI seeks industry comments on Prasar Bharati's TAM view

Source: Business Standard | Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai  
July 4, 2013 Last Updated at 00:36 IST

he Competition Commission of India (CCI) has sent a notice to stakeholders of the television industry in relation to the allegation byPrasar Bharati that TAM India is abusing its dominant position in television viewership measurement. The notice, dated June 27, says the CCI is investigating the claims made by Prasar Bharati and has asked industry stakeholders for their comments on the matter.

Apart from seeking basic information about their respective organisations, the document also asks the recipients their opinion on whether they have found TAM's conduct indicative of abuse of its dominant position.

It asks the respondents to note down any instances of TAM denying........................

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SP issue of Yojana on public service broadcasting in India

Source: The Economic Times | PTI 
Jul 3, 2013, 06.43PM IST

KOCHI: The latest issue of Yojana, a Malayalam magazine on "Public Service Broadcasting in India" has been released with special focus on decades of broadcasting service of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The issue highlightes decades of broadcasting service by AIR and Doordarshan and contains article by former BBC Correspondent Mark Tully, Prasar Bharathi CEO, Jawahar Sircar, Savitha Bailoor, London School of Economics (on Community Radio), K A Muraleedharan, former DDG, AIR and Dr Vilakkudy Rajendran, linguist.

Prasar Bharati may get digital wing

Source: | 24 Jun 2013 Mint ST | PTI

New Delhi: To keep up with the changing times, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati may get a digital wing to reach out to the increasing number of Internet and smartphone users, if recommendations of a working group formed by the government are accepted.

Watch ISRO’s first midnight launch on TV

Source: The New Indian Express | By Express News Service - Bangalore
01st July, 2013

The launch of Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System - IRNSS-1A, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation  (ISRO), will be webcast as well as telecast on the state-owned Doordarshan Channel on Monday.

Scheduled for launch at 11.41 pm on Monday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sri Harikota, Andhra Pradesh. The satellite will be launched into orbit using the 'XL' version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

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