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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore appoints new head

Source: Business Line |

BANGALORE, DEC 30:   N. Chandrashekar, Deputy Director-General (P) has taken over as head of office at Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore.

He had joined service in 1984, and has vast experience of serving as cameraman and video executive and has worked in many stations viz., New Delhi, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Pune and Bangalore.

He is conversant in Kannada, Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Chandrashekar is also involved in many invited audience programmes and has functioned as programme head in Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore.

(This article was published on December 30, 2013)

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AIR to air programmes on UPA govt schemes

Source: The Financial Express | Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 30 2013
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The All India Radio (AIR) is all set to launch programmes in regional divisions to spread awareness on government's flagship programmes and taking feedback. The launch will be early in the new year, also the year of Parliamentary elections.

Twenty regional news divisions including Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Raipur, Bhopal, Srinagar and Shillong will telecast seven phone-in programmes each from January 4. Rural employment guarantee scheme, direct benefit transfer, Aadhar, scholarship and other welfare schemes will be highlighted. The regional divisions can take their pick, depending on what is most suited to listeners.

There already is a national programme by the...................

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Govt to set up hiring body for Prasar Bharati

Source: Hindustan Times | Zia Haq, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 31, 2013

The UPA government will soon set up a recruitment board for Prasar Bharati, India's public broadcaster, which will make all future appointments in various entities under it, including Doordarshan.

A cabinet proposal for the recruitment board, recommended by an interministerial panel, or a group of ministers, is being moved by the information and broadcasting ministry.

Prasar Bharati is currently understaffed due to a freeze on hiring................

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Monday, December 30, 2013

AIR to start outreach programme on govt's flagship schemes

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India
Monday, December 30, 2013

Come new year, All India Radio will launch an outreach programme on government's flagship schemes, including direct benefit transfer, where experts will give advice to the common man and in turn get a feedback on the implementation of programmes at the grassroot level.

The weekly 30-minute phone-in programme will be launched on January 4, 2014 and will continue for seven weeks, AIR's DG (News) Archana Dutta told PTI here today.

"We have decided to launch this phone-in programme to create general awareness," she said.

The programme is likely to be...................

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रेडियो पर देंगे सरकारी योजनाओं की जानकारी

Published: 29/12/2013

रेडियो पर देंगे सरकारी योजनाओं की जानकारी

नई दिल्ली। आकाशवाणी लोगों को सरकार की महत्वपूर्ण योजनाओं की जानकारी देने के लिए जनसंपर्क कार्यक्रम शुरू करेगी। इन कार्यक्रमों में प्रत्यक्ष लाभ अंतरण जैसी योजनायें शामिल हैं।

आकाशवाणी के इस जनसंपर्क कार्यक्रम में विशेषज्ञ आम लोगों को सलाह मशविरा देंगे और इस बारे में लोगों की राय जानेंगे। तीस मिनट के इस फोन-इन सप्ताहिक कार्यक्रम की शुरूआत चार जनवरी 2014 से होगी जो सात सप्ताह तक जारी रहेगा।

आकाशवाणी की महानिदेशक-समाचार अर्चना दत्ता ने कहा है कि आम लोगों में जागरूकता लाने के उद्देश्य से यह कार्यक्रम शुरू करने का फैसला किया गया है।

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AIR, Guwahati bid to preserve old recordings

Source: The Assam Tribune Online | Kabita Duarah
Monday, December 30, 2013

GUWAHATI, Dec 29 – It is very true that technological advancements also create a feeling of nostalgia. As the process of digitization of the All India Radio (AIR), Guwahati continues, a whiff of nostalgia is also enveloping the unit that has over the years provided a platform to many artistes of the State to showcase their creativity.

The unit that saw its inception as the Shillong Guwahati station on July 1, 1948 is keen to give this longing for old memories a permanent form by preserving the old equipments that were part of the recording and transmission process.

With its glorious history and close association with............

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Akashvani to begin phone-ins on welfare measures

Source: | India News - By Ranjana Narayan, IANS
29 December 2013

New Delhi: In the first such public outreach to propagate government welfare measures and answer questions about them, All India Radio (AIR) will be hosting live phone-in programmes on schemes like the Direct Benefit Transfer, RTI, scholarships, etc involving experts and implementing agencies.

The programme, being launched Jan 4, 2014, would be a half-an-hour weekly show for seven Saturdays, said Director General (News) AIR Archana Dutta.

"It is for the first time that we are trying something like this. It has never been done before," Dutta told IANS.

"The live Public Speak programme will have experts on................

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Free Prasar Bharati of Government Control

Source: The New Indian Express
Published Date: Dec 25, 2013

Last week, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting earned a well-deserved and stinging rebuke for its non-serious approach towards reforming Prasar Bharati. A parliamentary standing committee admonished the ministry for doing precious little on its advice to review the institutional framework of the public broadcaster in collaboration with the Sam Pitroda committee. Far from taking meaningful steps, it left the matter of improving Prasar Bharati's services entirely to its board and staff. Earlier this year, the government's much-touted effort to improve DD News turned out to be a damp squib after one of the high-profile editors, brought in specially for this purpose, quit his job in disgust.

All this is because of a basic problem which the government has not been able to resolve. It professes to free Doordarshan and All India Radio from.................

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Source: India Education
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi:Sesame Workshop in India (SWI), the organization behind Galli Galli Sim Sim and more, launched Season 6 of Galli Galli Sim Sim, the popular children's programme, on Doordarshan with a brand new message, "HASAYE ZABARDAST, SEEKHAYE MAST'.
Tune in to learn with the Galli Galli Sim Sim MuppetsTM- Join Grover in his dhaba as he takes on Hero, chase dancing akshars with Elmo, go on fantastic adventures with Bert and Ernie and ride on Aanchoo's bookmobile. Season 6 premiered on December 14, 2013 at 9 am and will run every Saturday at the same time, a total of52 episodes of 22 minutes each.
Galli Galli Sim Sim is India's only educational program for children aged 0-8 that harnesses the power of television to provide a strong early..................


'Galli Galli Sim Sim' back on Doordarshan

Source: Indian Television Dot Com | 24 December 2013

MUMBAI:  Sesame Workshop in India (SWI) has launched the sixth season of Galli Galli Sim Sim, the popular children's programme, on Doordarshan with a brand new message, "Hasaye Zabardast, Seekhaye Mast'.

The show aimed at children aged 0-8 years believes in harnessing the power of television to provide a strong early childhood educational foundation to preschoolers. Season six being aired on Doordarshan, which reaches out to 13 million children, focuses strongly on literacy and numeracy. Aprt from it, it will also focus on other areas of child development such as problem solving, caring and sharing, giving a head start to a significant number of children with little to no access to early childhood education.

Doordarshan director general Tripurari Sharan said, "As a public service................

Monday, December 23, 2013

I&B Ministry pushes for modernization of Prasar Bharati

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India
New Delhi, December 21, 2013

In a move that could boost the public broadcaster's efforts to create a new infrastructure, the I&B Ministry is pushing for a proposal for providing Rs 3500 crore to Prasar Bharati for modernisation.

Official sources said the ministry has already been given a go-ahead by the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the Finance Ministry and now a nod from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) will be required.

"The I&B Ministry had been keenly pursuing the proposal for grant of funds to Prasar Bharati so that.................


Prasar Bharati to be upgraded as MIB plans to invest Rs 3,500 crore in it

21 December 2013

MUMBAI: The government broadcaster, Prasar Bharati is set to see a major advancement. Reportedly, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) is planning to invest close to Rs 3,500 crore on upgrading the pubcaster's broadcast infrastructure and network development, especially in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the North-Eastern states.

According to a report by The Hindu Business Line, the proposal has been recommended by the Expenditure Finance Committee and is up for approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). "The funds are expected to be used to strengthen the transmission in border areas by augmenting the broadcast infrastructure so as to counter anti-terrorist activities, among other initiatives," reveals the daily.

Apart from this, the fund is also expected to be used for.............


HRD and Prasar Bharati to start 50 education channels next year

Source: digital Learning

Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry along with the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati are planning to start 50 educational channels from May 1, 2014. This would enable students to hear lectures and interact with the academicians on TV.

The channels would gradually be increased from 50 to 1000 and has the potential to be viewed on 167 million TV sets which would be beneficial to 67 percent population of the country. The agreement, for this one of its kind project, was signed between Prasar Bharati CEO, Jawhar Sircar and HRD secretary Ashok Thakur. As per the............

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Doordarshan to telecast ‘Krista-Namana’

Source: The Hindu | By Staff Correspondent
HUBLI, December 22, 2013

600 local artistes will perform in the Christmas celebration

Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, in association with the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights and AIR Dharwad, has organised a Christmas celebration, 'Krista-Namana', comprising music and dance programmes on Sunday.

Additional Director-General (South Zone) of Doordarshan Mahesh Joshi told presspersons here on Saturday that the three-hour event would begin at..............


I&B ministry initiates steps to set up Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board

Source: The Economic Times | By PTI
22 Dec, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a major step towards addressing the issue of critical manpower shortage in the public broadcaster, the Information & Broadcasting ministry has initiated the process to set up a Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board.

Sources said that the ministry had held discussions related to the composition of the board with the Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

According to a recommendation of the Group of Ministers (GoM), a recruitment board had to be created for Prasar Bharati. The ministry had been...........


The cricket commentator who was the voice of Doordarshan while moonlighting as a doctor

Source: Mail Online India | By Tushar Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON: 22 December 2013

He was the face of sports on Doordarshan (DD) in the pre-cable television era, and even though Narottam Puri is largely away from the airwaves now, his voice is still instantly recognisable.

An ENT specialist by profession, Puri has had a long stint behind the microphone for radio and TV.

His medical career was always his priority, otherwise one would have heard him a lot more even after private sports channels arrived.

A long innings

"I have no regrets. It has been a long innings. I got to travel a lot and enjoyed a lot. I treated it as a hobby," Puri said.

"I still appear on DD for Fourth Umpire. As the public broadcaster

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UNICEF India plans 'Poo to the Loo' with Radio

Source: | RnM Team
09 Dec 13

MUMBAI: 'Radio for Child Rights'- three strong words were the theme of the day-long workshop held in the financial capital. Professionals from private radio stations, All India Radio and Community Radio Stations participated in the workshop organised by UNICEF India in partnership with Association for Radio Operators in India (AROI) on 9 December.

It intended to facilitate an exchange on how radio can best be leveraged as part of communication outreach to build awareness on child rights with a special focus on the issue of open defecation. The programme also highlighted the campaign to stop open defecation – 'Take the Poo to the Loo'.

Speaking to, UNICEF India Communication Officer.......................

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Doordarshan to introduce 120 new channels by March 2014

Source: NexTV Asia Pacific | by Ananya Sundar
December 5, 2013

India's public broadcaster, which had earlier announced that it will be launching a new package offering 120 channels under its DTH platform. It has now confirmed that the channels will be available starting March 31, 2014.

Ranjan P Thakur, Additional Director General, Doordarshan said, "The reason why we are expanding to 120 channels is because we realise that the market is basically oriented towards regional channels and that's where the growth is. We have a large number of Hindi channels, but not enough regional channels. Hence, a larger bouquet of channels will enable us to get more regional channels, bringing in more regional viewers. He further said, "It will be an FTA platform and cater to the lower half of the society. A large number of channels will create more chances for the audience and also value for money since it will be free for life, which is a huge attraction."

Doordarshan currently has 20 million STBs in circulation. But it only offers 59 channels so far in its bouquet that includes 21 DD channels alone. It's hoping to add more content and lure more audiences for its platform.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Video: DD should be the first choice of the lower half of the society: Ranjan P Thakur

Source: | Writer: Abid Hasan
Thursday, Dec 05,2013

Public broadcaster Doordarshan recently changed the name of its DTH platform from DD Direct Plus to DD's Free Dish. As explained by Ranjan P Thakur, Additional Director-General, Doordarshan, this has primarily been done keeping in mind the less affluent sections of the society.

"Our audiences are not so affluent in comparison to the subscribers of DTH platforms such as Tata Sky, Dish TV or Airtel. The idea is to attract more customers from the semi-urban and rural areas by playing on the trump card 'free' and emphasise that it is a free-to-air service for life," he added.

With digitisation panning out to Tier II and III cities after the metros, Doordarshan is now all set to...............

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Resuscitating Prasar Bharati

Source: Indian Television Dot Com | 03 December 2013 03:27 pm

Brigadier V A M Hussain
Member (Personnel) Prasar Bharati
(Posted on 03 December 2013)

(These are purely the writer's personal views and do not represent the official views of Prasar Bharati and does not subscribe to these views)

The non-coverage of the last historic test match of Sachin Tendulkar by Doordarshan entailed numerous explanations by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Prasar Bharati - on its part - painfully chose not to telecast the mega event because of an unsupportive legal provision that financially favours the content right holders telecasting such sports events.

Every household watched the match of  Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar with nostalgia and gratitude since the most respected cricketer decided to draw the curtains on his cricketing career representing the nation and relished the visual treat  gratefully acknowledging  "Sachin the Legend" in great measure.

The Sports Broadcasting (mandatory sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act,.........

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Doordarshan to expand DTH offerings from 59 channels to 120

Source: | Writer: Abid Hasan
Tuesday, Dec 03,2013

Doordarshan is betting big on the direct-to-home (DTH) platform. The public broadcaster has completed 10 years in the DTH arena, having started with DD Direct in 2004, showcasing 17 channels.

With digitisation panning out to Tier II and III cities after metros, Doordarshan is now all set to increase the number of channels to about 120. The objective behind this increase is to gain maximum customers as there are a large number of free-to-air channels.

Talking to exchange4media, Ranjan P Thakur, Additional Director General, Doordarshan said,.............