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Friday, August 29, 2014

Nautel Completes First Phase of AIR Project


on 08.29.2014

Nautel has completed shipment of all 27 medium-wave AM transmitters to India's Prasar Bharati (All India Radio) and says that installation/commissioning is underway. The first site, AIR's flagship installation in Delhi, went on air May 30.

In 2013 India's Prasar Bharati ordered the Nautel equipment for a project dubbed "Building to a Billion." This project, explains Nautel, has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents in the country of India. 

Nautel Completes First Phase of AIR India Deployment

Aug 28, 2014 11:06 PM

HACKETT'S COVE, NOVA SCOTIA – Nautel has completed the manufacturing phase of transmitters for a large digital radio deployment in India. 27 DRM30-equipped medium wave AM transmitters and associated equipment were ordered in 2013 by India's Prasar Bharati for All India Radio. All transmitters have been shipped and installation/commissioning is underway, according to Nautel. The first site, AIR's flagship installation in Delhi, went on-air on May 30, 2014.

India's only multilingual book show 'Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond' to complete 50 episodes

Thursday 28th August, 2014

India's only multilingual book show 'Kitaabnama: Books and Beyond', which airs on DD Bharati, is scheduled to complete 50 episodes at the end of this month.

The television programme showcases the multilingual diversity of India.

Doordarshan to launch reality TV show 'Chance of a Lifetime'

Thursday 28th August, 2014

Doordarshan will launch a reality television show 'Chance of a Lifetime', which will start on August 29. The show will see the contestants participate in a film-making competition.
Hosted and produced by Ashok Amritraj, the show will have seven episodes, with four teams comprising of participants from India, Singapore and the UAE making films on topics like AIDS, migration, poverty, universal education and economic development.

Javadekar launches Jan-Dhan scheme in Pune


Pune, Aug 28 (PTI) 

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today inaugurated Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana here.

Javadekar, accompanied by city BJP MP Anil Shirole, explained salient features of the scheme launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dancer recalls tryst with DD


Updated: August 29, 2014 02:03 IST 

Her love for dancing and singing as a child provided her an opportunity to face a television camera, even before her arangetram.

Bharatanatyam dancer and guru Urmila Sathyanarayanan was just nine when she was chosen to perform a piece on Doordarshan, after the channel was launched in Madras in August 1975.

"At that age, I would readily dance and sing whenever someone asked me to, since I loved to perform. Narayanaswamy sir, a producer from Doordarshan Kendra, Madras, asked me to perform when television was launched here. Though my mother said I had not even presented my arangetram, my master, Dhandayuthapani Pillai, gave the go-ahead and I performed a Tamil song that was not a part of the Bharatanatyam paddhathi," she said.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ahmedabad Doordarshan announces 'Girnar Shiromani' awards

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad  August 27, 2014 Last Updated at 19:40 IST

Famous Gujarati actor Naresh Kanodia and his music composer brother Mahesh Kanodia will be jointly conferred on the lifetime achievement award under 'Girnar Shiromani Awards-2014' announced by the Doordarshan Kendra--Ahmedabad here today. 

Besides the duo, ten dignitaries from various walks of life are selected for the 'Third Girnar Shiromani Awards-2014', including cricketer Parthiv Patel. 

DD-Girnar gets permission for morning transmission


Ahmedabad, Aug 27 (PTI)

Doordarshan's Gujarati language news channel DD-Girnar can be viewed in morning hours from September 15, a top official of Doordashan Kendra-Ahmedabad said here today.

"DD-Girnar can be viewed on terrestrial mode through antenna between 6 am and 9 am. At present, DD-Girnar's terrestrial signals are available only between 3 pm and 7 pm.

DD to telecast unique series on film making contest on Millennium Goals

By Team Posted on : 27 Aug 2014 08:20 pm

NEW DELHI: Public service broadcaster Doordarshan is launching a unique reality series: 'Chance of a Lifetime,' from this Friday that aims to not only highlight little-known talent but also raise issues concerning people.
The show will be telecast every Friday from 29 August at 9.00 pm.
A senior officer from Doordarshan said, "As far as DD choosing this show, it was liked because of the unique concept and high production value, and because of the involvement of Hollywood director Ashok Amritraj, and something that has immense appeal for the youngsters. DD always prefers anything that is out of the box especially in the non-fiction category. 'Chance of a Lifetime' has a unique concept that has not been explored by many GEC channels."

Kitaabnama's 50th episode on DD features Gulzar

IPSHITA MITRA,TNN | Aug 27, 2014, 10.11 PM IST

Kitaabein Karti Hain Baatein...'

Penned by lyricist Prasoon Joshi and sung by Oroon Das, these words form a beautiful musical prelude to Doordarshan's weekly book-based show 'Kitaabnama'. India's only multilingual book show, Kitaabanama: Books and Beyond which first went on air last August will complete fifty episodes this weekend. The 50th episode which marks the first anniversary of Kitaabnama will feature none other than the maestro of verse and rhyme, writer/lyricist/director Gulzar.

Conceptualised by author Namita Gokhale, who is also the co-director of Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, Bhutan, Kitaabnama has given writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, academics, publishers and journalists a platform to ponder on a variety of literary concerns through dialogue and debate.

I&B ministry cancels registration of four Multi-System Operators

By PTI | 27 Aug, 2014, 11.00PM IST

DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting ministry has cancelled the permission of four Multi-System Operators (MSOs) to operate in certain parts of the country. 

Ministry Official said that registration of two Tamil Nadu-based MSOs have been cancelled after Ministry of Home Affairs denied them security clearance. 

DDK Kohima to telecast 2nd episode of “Backyard Buzz”


The 2nd episode of "Backyard Buzz" – a program on the local music scene produced by the Native Trax Society (NTS) will be telecast on 30/08/14 (Saturday) from 6:00 to 6:30 pm on Doordarshan Kohima.

The program is being supported by the Music Task Force (YRS) led by Khriehu Liezietsu, Parliamentary Secretary, MTF and New & Renewable Energy.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Political appointees should quit on their own: Prakash Javadekar

Mohua Chatterjee & Himanshi Dhawan,TNN | Aug 27, 2014, 02.48 AM IST

NEW DELHI: On a day Kerala governor Sheila Dikhshit became the eighth governor to put in her papers since the Narendra Modi-led government came to power three months ago, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said the Centre does not believe in bitterness in politics, but it is proper for political appointees to resign from their posts on their own. 

Javadekar denied any perception that the new regime is busy moving people out of their posts. No one has been moved out by this government, only in case of political appointees, they should resign on their own. They should go by their own conscience and resign themselves, he told TOI during an interaction on Tuesday. 

Goa to get world-class permanent venue for IFFI: Javadekar


By   Aug 26, 2014 20:16 IST

World-class permanent venue for IFFI to come up in Goa: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi: A permanent venue for hosting the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will come up in Goa, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. IBNLiveInformation and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. IBNLive
"Now, Goa has been accorded a permanent venue status, so they are permanent hosts. They are making huge infrastructure for the festival. Therefore, from this year they will start and hopefully by next year it will be a new infrastructure where the festival will take place," he said.
Javadekar and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had a meeting in this regard on Tuesday.

I&B Ministry issues new deadlines for DAS phase III and IV

By Team Posted on : 26 Aug 2014 08:05 pm

NEW DELHI: It is official now. The new dates for digitisation of cable television in the entire country have been announced. While was the first to write about the extension in the date given for digitisation of phase III and IV, Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials have said that while phase III has been postponed to December 2015, phase IV can be completed by December 2016. The move has been taken to allow great indigenisation of production of Set Top Boxes (STB) to meet the demands of digital addressable system (DAS).
Earlier, the government had set 31 December 2014 as the date by which the cable sector across the country would be completely digitised.


International celebs to make public announcements on DD

— By PTI,  August 26, 2014 08:52 pm

दूरदर्शन पर नजर आएंगी अंतरराष्ट्रीय हस्तियां

New Delhi: International celebrities like Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder and Antonio Bendaras will be seen on Doordarshan making public service announcement on the United Nation's Millennium Goals.

The announcements will be made during a new programme which will be aired from August 29 at 9 PM, every Friday, a statement released here said.

The 'Chance Of A Lifetime' programme is a new reality show based on film making contest amongst a handful of creative youngsters and it has a unique concept that has not been explored by many GEC channels, the statement said.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MIB cracks down on teleshopping ads; issues advisory to broadcasters


afaqs! news bureau, afaqs!, Mumbai, August 25, 2014

Broadcasters have been told not to air ads that violate either ASCI's code or the provisions under the Drug and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

Close on the heels of releasing a new set of advertising guidelines for skin lightening and fairness products, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), a self-regulatory body for the Indian advertising industry, has made another pertinent announcement.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to TV channels to stop broadcasting teleshopping advertisements that ASCI has ruled to be in violation of its code. Channels have also been told not to air ads that do not comply with the decision of ASCI's Consumer Complaints Council (CCC).

Prasar Bharati’s channel of autonomy

By VAM Hussain Posted on : 25 Aug 2014 07:35 pm

Seldom have government ventures succeeded in democratic India for variety of beliefs and prejudices.  Inherent security has ensured complacency in government servants with invisible accountability resulting in almost every public sector unit crashing gradually but also becoming liability to the exchequer. 
Such ailing commercial initiatives are numerous like Air India, IDPL and HMT to name a few.  As for pure government, the performance is not even measured to stem the existing rot.  The nation coughs up large sums on salaries to maintain archaic British systems founded on in fructuous and dilatory work culture. 

DD India to reach 120 million households abroad

PTI [ Updated 24 Aug 2014, 14:19:48 ]

Kolkata: A revamped Doordarshan India will make its international appearance in a couple of months and reach 120 million households abroad.

"It (DD India) will make its global appearance within a few months ... Everything is running as per schedule and the channel will be launched hopefully before next year," Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Jawhar Sircar said.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Doordarshan India to Reach 120 Million Households Abroad Soon

24th Aug 2014

A revamped Doordarshan India will make its international appearance in a couple of months and reach 120 million households abroad.

"It (DD India) will make its global appearance within a few months ... Everything is running as per schedule and the channel will be launched hopefully before next year," Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Jawhar Sircar told PTI.

Earlier this month, Prasar Bharati had entered into a MoU with Germany's Public International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle for distribution of DD India on a free-to-air basic package mode, DTH platform of Hotbird-13B satellite across Europe, Asia, North Africa and even up to Australia and the Middle East.

Doordarshan pushes artists to the wall

Srinagar, Aug 22:  Accusing that the Doordarshan was "hell-bent" upon destroying the lives of hundreds of artists of the state, the Association of DD Artists Saturday said that since 2008, no programme fee was disbursed in their favor with the directors acting as the mute spectators over this apathy.

A delegation of DD artists while talking to KNS said that in 2008, the then director Doordarshan Rafiq Masoodi approved the making of Musical, Drama and Documentary programmes  and the work was given to the private producers. After the completion of the work and submitting of the tapes, payment was given to the senior artists while as the junior ones were kept in limbo.

Rani Mukherjee wants to be a mom, reveals on DD News ‘Ek Mulaqat’

By Team Posted on : 23 Aug 2014 12:29 pm

MUMBAI: In an interview with Manoj Tibrewal Aakash, Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee said "I have been a daughter and a wife. Now I wish to become a mother of my child." "Ek Mulakat"is a platform where personalities open their heart and share their deep desires and aspirations.  In the same show Salman Khan has shared that he prefers his bachelorhood and will stay away from politics. On 23rd August, watch Rani Mukherjee befriend with her fans and talk freely about her feelings and desires on Ek Mulakat at 9:30pm.

DDK-Shillong first to expand in NE

TNN | Aug 23, 2014, 05.56AM IST

Shillong: Doordarshan Kendra, Shillong, has become the first station in the northeastern part of the country to extend its transmission in the evening by two hours from 7 pm daily on satellite mode.

"While viewers can enjoy national programmes on terrestrial network, those inclined to watch content closer to home with local programmes and ethnic mix of Khasi and Jaintia programmes can tune to DDK, Shillong, with cable connections only as the signals will be available only on satellite mode," says Partho Chakrabarty, a senior functionary of the TV station.


Express News Service | August 23, 2014 1:39 am

Having recently been stripped of his charge as DD News chief and put on "compulsory wait" by the Modi government, senior Indian Information Officer S M Khan has now been posted as the chief of Registrar of Newspapers for India. 

Decision on 'Kaum De Heere' taken in larger interest: Prakash Javadekar


ZEE News Friday, August 22, 2014, 22:22

New Delhi: The decision not to allow the release of the controversial Punjabi film "Kaum De Heere" on former prime minister Indira Gandhi's assassination was taken in the larger interest and within the legal framework, the government said on Friday. 

"I think the Censor Board Chairman has already narrated. So I do not need to make any further comments. It is within the legal framework that the decision is taken in the larger interest," Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said.

He was briefing reporters on the sidelines of a three-day film festival "Fragrances from the North East" which was inaugurated here.
The government yesterday barred the release of "Kaum De Heere" citing apprehensions of law and order problems. 

Doordarshan to host ABU-ROBOCON 2014 International Contest at Pune from 22nd-26th August, 2014

Posted by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on August 22, 2014

Shri Prakash Javadekar to inaugurate ROBOCON-Pune 2014 on 24th August, 2014

The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the 13th International ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (ABU-ROBOCON) on 24th August, 2014. ABU-ROBOCON 2014 is being organized by Doordarshan at the Badminton Hall, Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune from 22-26th August, 2014 

 ABU-ROBOCON is a unique TV program project where students compete with their hand-made robots. The contest aims at encouraging scientific temperament of undergraduate engineering students in the Asia-Pacific region. These events also offer opportunity to broadcasting agencies for advancing their technological skills and international cooperation.

I&B Ministry casts ‘evil eye’ on some teleshopping ads

TheHinduBusinessLine August 22, 2014

Television advertisements of products such as Fairpro, Ayurvedic Roopamri Fairness Cream, Celebrity Lift, Maha Dhan Lakshmi Yantram, Musli Power Xtra, will go off air following an advisory by the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting.

Advertisements that promote products making unsubstantiated claims like the products that offer magical curing of ailments or ones that promise to save you from evils of black magic or help you lose weight quickly have been luring gullible consumers.

Coming to the aid of such consumers, the Advertisement Standards Council of India (ASCI), a self regulatory body, sought the Ministry's intervention in asking the TV channels, which air teleshopping ads, to stop promoting such products.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Govt Should Have a Channel of its Own: Javadekar

By Prabhu Chawla, Published:22nd August 2014 06:00 AM,Last Updated:21st August 2014 11:22 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks to The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on the Narendra Modi Cabinet, Prasar Bharati, the issue of FDI in news media and GM crops on Sachchi Baat on India News
You are a jumbo minister. You have so many ministries under you. You were only a spokesperson. How do you manage all the work?
We start our day at 8 am. I work till 11 pm. There is no department 'a' or 'b' or 'c'. I am in Modiji's team. That's my department. I don't want any other department. I have fulfilled the work given to me with the pure sense of responsibility.

So many responsibilities have been designated to a minister. The Ministry of Environment and Forests is a full-time ministry in itself. The country's economy depends on it. Does Modi have a dearth of talented people?

Theatre fest to air yesteryear plays in Thrissur


DC | NADEESH KAREEMADATHIL | August 21, 2014, 06.08 am IST

Thrissur: The seventh International Theatre Festival of Kerala, scheduled to be held from January 11-17 will have a new feature. There will be two specially designed auditoriums where old Malayalam radio dramas are to be aired. Said festival director Sankar Venkateswaran: "We plan to create a unique ambience for the delegates who will be coming in to listen to radio dramas. Even the seating will be designed in the most comfortable manner".

It’s time for I&B ministry to help film fraternity: Vishal Bhardwaj


Press Trust of India | Mumbai | August 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Vishal Bhardwaj says it is high time that Information & Broadcasting Ministry should come forward and aggressively help film fraternity on various matters.


Reacting to the arrest of Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) CEO Rakesh Kumar in an alleged bribery case, filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj says it is high time that Information & Broadcasting Ministry should come forward and aggressively help film fraternity on various matters.
"I have read about it (arrest of CBFC CEO) in newspapers. I think I&B ministry should step in aggressively, it is not just the issue of censor, but other things as well. We have been promised for eight years about forming the category (of films) from 12 plus, 15 plus, 18 plus children but it has not happened yet. We filmmakers are suffering," Bhardwaj told reporters here yesterday at an event.

"There are films that are for 12 plus or 15 plus children so if this category is created it will help us… If you have some adult content in the film ,there is pressure from corporate house and producers to make sure that there is no satellite issue. So, we work under lot of constraints. We entertain people and the ministry should look at our problems. I think I&B ministry should come forward and aggressively help us," he said.
The CBFC is a statutory body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to regulate public exhibition of films under the provisions of The Cinematograph Act 1952.

Field trial of GM crops to begin soon: Javadekar


Zia Haq, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 22, 2014

The NDA government has decided to allow scientific trials of some GM crops, which it had put on hold, but it would ensure these would strictly adhere to all norms governing such field evaluation.

The government is of the view that the "progress of science" itself cannot be stopped and there is a distinction between scientific evaluations and approval for commercialisation.

Polluting industries along Ganga will be monitored 24x7: Prakash Javadekar

By PTI | 21 Aug, 2014, 08.34 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Making it clear that pollution of the Ganga will not be allowed, environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said industries along the river bank would be monitored round-the-clock. 

The Central Pollution Control Board will be handling the real-time monitoring of the industries, he told reporters here. 

"We are setting up real-time 24x7 monitoring of polluting industries along the bank of river Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board will be handling this. We will put up sensor. Pollution of the Ganga will not be allowed," he said. 

Doordarshan to host 13th ABU Robocon Contest at Pune from 22 August

By Team Posted on : 21 Aug 2014 05:41 pm

NEW DELHI: The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union's Robocon, aimed at encouraging a scientific temperament among engineering students in the Asia Pacific region, is commencing in Pune on 22 August in collaboration with Doordarshan.

This is the second time that the event is being held in India, the first being 2008. The 13th ABU International Contest will be organised at the Balewadi Sports Complex and will conclude on 25 August. It was held for the first time in Japan in 2002.

In fact, DD organises college and national level university contests every year to shortlist participants for this contest. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

‘Irregularities, embezzlement’ in DDK, Probe Ordered

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

As Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Srinagar is in news for last many years for alleged irregularities, embezzlements and frauds the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has ordered a probe and has constituted a high level committee to investigate the wrongdoings.

"The DDK Srinagar has been in news for last many years for irregularities, embezzlements and frauds worth crores of rupees which have reportedly been drained by few officials of the Kendra. The union Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadakar has taken a strong note about the issues and has constituted a committee which will probe the whole issue," one of the senior official of the union Broadcasting ministry told KNS over phone from New Delhi.

DD Bharti woos audience with monsoon ragas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  August 20, 2014 Last Updated at 22:50 IST

Viewers of Doordarshan's art and culture channel DD Bharati will soon get to hear monsoon ragas rendered by two of the country's finest musicians. 

The national channel has planned a music festival 'Barkha Ritu' where two eminent Hindustani musicians - Pandit Chhannulal Mishra and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma will enchant music lovers with monsoon ragas, a statement by the channel released here said. 

Sharma on the santoor is being aired on 24th August while Mishra on vocals will be telecast on August 30th, it said. 

The channel has also planned special programmes on the occasion of the birth centenary of the doyen of Indian theatre - Sombhu Mitra. 

Javadekar vows to make film certification simpler

TNN | Aug 21, 2014, 05.44 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Assuring strict action in cases of corruption I&B minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that processes for certification of films will be made simpler to eliminate corruption. The comments come close on the heels of the arrest of censor board CEO Rakesh Kumar by the CBI on charges of accepting a bribe. 

"We have taken very seriously the incidence of bribery in the censor board. We have already suspended the concerned CEO and will take strict action against any kind of corruption. Corruption has no place in our government and we will go ahead with our cleaning drive," he said. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Close up Bharat Ki Shaan Let's Dance becomes one of the top reality shows of DD National

TNN | Aug 20, 2014, 12.26 PM IST

Television shows come and go, while some fail miserably, others create a history and get the success and fan following more than a film can even attempt to do and 2014 has been no exception. While many television serials did not see the light of the day, some continue to stand out in the minds of viewers.

Nothing brings people closer than a show that helps families bond over content that stimulates emotionally, morally and intellectually. The competition among shows got tougher each week as several shows touch their highest ever ratings with several fluctuations.

To Eliminate Graft, Processes Will Be Made Simpler: Javadekar

NEW DELHI | AUG 20, 2014

Following the arrest of Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar by CBI in connection with a case of alleged bribery, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that processes will be made simpler so that corruption can be eliminated.

"We have taken very seriously the incidence of bribery in the Censor Board. We have already suspended the concerned CEO and will take strict action against any kind of corruption. Corruption has no place in our government and we will go ahead with our cleaning drive," he told PTI.

Doordarshan launches TV show 'Zindagi Dot Com' on e-governance plan

PTI | Aug 20, 2014, 11.44 AM IST

With the aim of spreading awareness about national e-governance plan, Doordarshan has launched a television series "Zindagi Dot Com".

The series, produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in 39 episodes, was launched on August 17 and will be telecast every Sunday at 10 AM on Doordarshan?s national network and will repeat its telcast on DD Bharati every Monday at 8.30 PM, an official statement said today.

I&B Ministry decides to suspend Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  August 19, 2014 Last Updated at 20:45 IST

Information and Broadcasting Ministry decides to suspend Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar

I&B Ministry decides to suspend Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar

Bribery charge: Govt suspends Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar

The Information and Broadcasting ministry has decided to suspend Rakesh Kumar, CEO of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), who has been arrested by CBI in connection with a case of alleged bribery. 

"A decision has been taken to suspend Rakesh Kumar and the order in this regard has been signed", a senior official said. 

DD Bharati launches cultural and musical programmes

By Team Posted on : 19 Aug 2014 03:36 pm

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan's culture channel DD Bharati is telecasting a new programme on the classical music form Dhrupad which today has very few exponents in the country.
The three-day Dhrupad Yatra programme which commenced on DD Bharati consists of legendary Dhrupad musicians of past and present including Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, and Pt Prem Kumar Mallick. Curated by Prashant Kumar Mallick, the programme which began from 18 August is being held till 20 August at 9 pm and will be repeated the next day at 5 am and 1pm.
DD Bharati is also telecasting a series next week on the monsoon season. The charisma of music with Barkha Ritu will feature Pandit Chhannulal Mishra and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma – who will enchant music lovers with monsoon ragas. The recital by Pt Shivkumar Sharma on the santoor will be aired on 24 August and Pt Channulal Mishra on vocals will be on air on 30 August to mesmerise the audience with a musical extravaganza at10 pm respectively.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Prasar Bharati: Where is the money for programming?


Today, Doordarshan is a broadcaster without resources; it can't be made relevant without fixing that Sevanti Ninan


How relevant is Prasar Bharati the broadcaster? That question is best answered by looking at where its money goes. Technology and manpower eat up all the money the government allocates for Prasar Bharati. There isn't any left for programming. The Pitroda committee report puts out a simple statistic. In 2011-12, the operational cost of distributing Doordarshan's signal was Rs.723 crore. Of this, 88% was spent on terrestrial distribution, which reached 8% of the audience. 

Only 7% of the cost went towards reaching the 53% of the audience in cable and satellite households. And only 6% went towards reaching the 37% in direct-to-home, or DTH, households. Here's how the situation looks on the ground. There is a somewhat forlorn looking relay centre at Bhimavaram in Krishna district, which exemplifies DD's terrestrial redundancy. It is a throwback to the days where all transmission was terrestrial and you had to switch manually between local, regional and national transmission. Today, this function has disappeared.

Prasar Bharti chief Jawhar Sircar wants policies reviewed

Mail Today Bureau   |   Mail Today  |   Kolkata, August 19, 2014 | UPDATED 10:39 IST

Jawhar Sircar, the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, feels the public broadcaster's policies are old and need to be reviewed.

Sircar made the remarks on the policies following reports about the All India Radio 'sacking' of 100 radio jockeys earlier this month, only because they were aged above 35 years.

The RJs, working at the stations FM Rainbow and FM Gold in Kolkata were sacked after a communication from the AIR director general. "We are studying in detail how this policy has been implemented over the last 20 years and why it was so imperative now. We need to know both versions and how other dozen FM companies run so professionally," Sircar told Mail Today.

Ashok Amritraj brings George Clooney to Doordarshan in new TV show

First Published: 17:09 IST(18/8/2014) | Last Updated: 09:31 IST(19/8/2014)

TV show Chance of a Lifetime, being hosted by Hollywood-based Indian producer Ashok Amritraj, will go on air from August 19 on Doordarshan (DD). 

The eight episode TV series has been made in collaboration with the United Nations. To be aired at 10.30 p.m., it will see some major Hollywood stars like George Clooney promoting humanitarian causes. 

"It's been such a wonderful experience working with my friends at the United Nations and watching these young filmmakers from diverse cultures forge partnerships to create socially relevant documentaries," Amritraj said in a statement.

The show will see Amritraj bringing together young filmmakers from Middle East, India and Singapore and creating a team to create documentaries based on the global issues of the United Nations like Universal Education, HIV and AIDS, Malaria, access to water etc. 

Interestingly, the participants will have access to the archival library of the various UN Organizations including UNESCO, UNF, and UN FOOD etc. 

DD serial on e-governance plan


Publish Date: 19 Aug 2014, 08:53 AM

The series, produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in 39 episodes, was launched on August 17 and will be telecast every Sunday at 10 AM on Doordarshan's national network and will repeat its telcast on DD Bharati every Monday at 8.30 PM, an official statement said.
"Zindagi Dot Com is an educational-cum-fictional entertainment television series on the national e-governance Plan (NeGP) to create awareness and disseminate information about the plan, its various Mission Mode Projects (MMPs), e-services and related aspects," the statement added.