Public Broadcasting

Sports broadcasters irked at latest ministry fiat

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/05/2018

 On April 25 the ministry of information and broadcasting made it mandatory  for private sector sports channels to display a ticker during the live broadcast of  “national interest” events that the game can also be viewed on Doordarshan. These broadcasters who are already made to share the feed of such events with..

 

AIR--gearing up for 2019

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/04/2018

The Print reports that I and B minister Smriti Irani used a new programme series on All India Radio to launch an attack on the Opposition for the washed out session of Parliament. With the 2019 polls in view, this programme called  ‘Jan Seva Samvad’ which will be broadcast over the entire AIR network,..

 

Blooper to beat bloopers

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/03/2018

This is hilarious, even by Doordarshan's goofy standards. The Hindu reports that DD  used the Australian government's MyGov website logo instead of the Indian one when it broadcast PM Modi's Mann ki Baat programme on Sunday. The paper quotes an official saying, “It was hardly there for 45 seconds, no..

 

 

Prasar Bharati Chairman clarifies

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/03/2018

Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash has said that the Hoot's assertion that  the Chairman of Prasar Bharati, a Part-time Member of the Prasar Bharati Board a was made a full-time Member by a notification of the Government without amending the Act as such, is "incorrect, misleading and malafide." The letter..

 

Prasar Bharati’s autonomy: Is it only about Smriti Irani?

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/03/2018

Journalists chasing a story seldom step back to look at the bigger picture. What price administrative autonomy when there is no political autonomy?

 

Tireless AIR

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/11/2017

All India Radio, unsurprisingly, is a tireless promoter of the PM's Mann ki Baat.  At this year's India International Trade Fair AIR has a stall on the theme of MKB, which is a big tourist draw, we are told by DD News. People are queuing up at the stall to drop their..

 

DD Bharati's bad habits

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/10/2017

The public broadcaster has been guilty of recording and telecasting a live concert of  Shubha Mudgal without  permission and the furious singer has written to DD, copy to I and B Minister Smriti Irani. This was four days ago, no news yet as to what the minister had to say. She was..

 

AIR committee meets after 34 years

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/09/2017

An advisory committee of All India Radio met after nearly 34 years earlier this week to discuss the revival plans of its external broadcast division, PTI reports. The last meeting of the'Standing Advisory Committee on External Broadcast' was apparently held in 1983, and the committee has been "revived and..

 

Moolah from Mann Ki Baat

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/12/2016

Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address to the nation on All India Radio, brought the public broadcaster gross revenue to the tune of Rs 4.78 crore from advertisements during 2015-16. Quoting the minister for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, a Hindustan Times report said that only the broadcast on All..

 

Justice delayed, but not denied

BY CHINTAMANI RAO| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |28/08/2017

Last week the Supreme Court upheld a Delhi High Court verdict barring Doordarshan from sharing with cable operators the live feed of cricket matches for which private broadcasters had the exclusive rights.

 

Star India wins

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/08/2017

An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India..

 

Prasar Bharati CEO given charge of RSTV

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/08/2017

The CEO of Rajya Sabha TV has resigned and has been asked to hand over charge of RSTV to the CEO of Prasar Bharati. This is unprecedented. A channel functioning from the house of elders in parliament will now be administered by a body which while being autonomous in theory..

 

A short, anecdotal history of DD-AIR censorship

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/08/2017

Sometimes brave, usually timid, the nervous broadcaster’s saga of what to carry or not carry, spans decades and several governments.

 

Modi Sarkar and the public broadcaster

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/05/2017

How this government jettisoned fanciful notions of autonomy, and converted a failed broadcaster into a winning platform.

 

DD helps out

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/02/2017

In all the swirling coverage over the attacks on students and journalists at Ramjas college, those speaking in defence of the Sangh Parivar found an island of calm opportunity on Doordarshan News. On Feb 23 night its Aamne Samne programme was devoted to Professor Rakesh Sinha denouncing the kind of student politics..

 

AIR News: Tra la la…tra la la…

BY BHARAT DOGRA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/12/2016

Its early morning news bulletins are one long riff on the government’s wondrous work. Hard news? No thank you.

 

Mann Ki Baat: Modi’s pet platform

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/12/2016

An ingenious and influential communication tool, Mann Ki Baat continues to be a great favourite of Narendra Modi’s. In two years, 446 million Indians have heard him chat to them.

 

DD journo in a spot

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/11/2016

Doordarshan journalist Satyendra Murli says he has been facing death threats ever since he claimed that the Prime Minister’s Nov 8 demonetisation speech was pre-recorded and not telecast live, reports Catch News. Murli said at a press conference on Nov 24 that he had audio and video evidence to support his allegation...

 

A tale of two resignations

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |08/10/2016

The director of BBC Radio resigns, concerned over the impact of technology on journalism. The Prasar Bharati CEO resigns, amid concerns about decisions which impact revenue.

 

Predictable laggard

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/09/2016

Why does the public broadcaster always cede ground to private channels even when the source of news is the government? While other channels responded to the surgical strike in the early hours of Thursday by getting a variety of spokespersons and analysts on air, by dispatching a reporter to the..

 

DD aboard Baloch wagon

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/08/2016

Doordarshan is trying hard to win brownie points with the PM.  It has joined the govt’s propaganda war over Balochistan. Yesterday, Aug 27, it broadcast an interview with rebel Baloch leader Nawab Brahumdagh Khan Bugti in Geneva, a first for the channel which usually sends a team abroad only if..

 

Should AIR do propaganda or Jan ki Baat?

BY SHUBHRANSHU CHOUDHARY| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |18/07/2016

AIR is to increase tribal language broadcasts in districts affected by Left wing extremism. But is this purely to counter Naxalism or to genuinely connect with tribal India...

 

Assertive I and B

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/08/2015

The public broadcaster should not carry news which criticises the government? Even when it is by a state chief minister?  When did that become the norm?  ET reports that officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting pulled up the director general of All India Radio for carrying a report on the..

 

DD during the Emergency and other media tales

BY SUBIR BHAUMIK| IN BOOKS |26/06/2016

'Candid Canvas' is rich in original documentation such as DD memos from an Engineering chief asking colleagues to destroy all material shot and used during the Emergency.

 

Women's Day, DD style

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/03/2016

On March 8 this year Doordarshan  pulled in their celebrated women anchors of yesteryear to return to the studio. Ghazala Amin, Rini Simon, Usha Alberqurque and others participated in a  6.30 pm discussion to mark International Women's  Day that had great nostalgia value.

 

Trendy DD

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/02/2016

The finance minister answered questions from the public on Doordarshan. The interlocutor  was adman Piyush Pandey, and the public was on Twitter, as Pandey read out questions for Arun Jaitley to answer...

 

The Bachchan-DD Kisan mystery

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/07/2015

According to Amitabh Bachchan he  took no money for his endorsement of DD Kisan, and entered into no contract for it but Prasar Bharati has coughed up Rs 6.21 crore to Lintas nevertheless. A bit odd. And Lintas tells the Hindu which had broken the story, that it welcomes Bachchan’s..

 

Poverty and public broadcasting

BY SEVANTI NNAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/07/2015

If it cannot meet the information needs of the most deprived sections of the population, Prasar Bharati should not be in business,

 

Information low income viewers do not get

IN BOOKS |06/07/2015

While entertainment choice is wide, information content is inadequate on both public and private television.

 

Glorification and omissions

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |26/06/2015?

Doordarshan’s non-stop glorification of the role those currently in power played during the Emergency has interesting omissions. One is its own role as the government’s  handmaiden in rolling out the 20 point programme and the five point programme. The other is that of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the..

 

Media legacies, the Emergency and beyond

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/06/2015

This sort of centralized bullying is hard to comprehend today because there is so much more media.

 

Prasar Bharati's Ghar Wapasi

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/06/2015

The BJP's misuse of the media has echoes of Indira Gandhi's Emergency. Yet when out of power, the party is in campaign mode for the autonomy for Prasar Bharati.

 

LSTV bows to DD

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/02/2015

 

Moonlighting at Radio Kashmir 

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |06/02/2015

Not only do these officials block job opportunities for educated unemployed youth, they also violate the service rules that prohibit a government employee from taking a"casual" second job..

 

Public Service Broadcasting and the digital switchover

IN RESEARCH STUDIES |01/09/2014

Has digitization changed television viewing in the country?Why have people migrated to digital signals? What are their programming needs

 

Goof-prone DD

 IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/12/2014

On December 24, the official Twitter account of Doordarshan News posted a picture of PM Modi in discussion with senior BJP colleagues. The accompanying text, though, read: “JINGLE ALL THE WAY !!!...A man dressed as Santa Claus feeds monkeys ahead of #Christmas at a zoo in #China”. DD was quick..

 

Autonomous body?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/10/2014

The Indian Express reports that the three-member committee which selected the new chairman of Prasar Bharati, A Surya Prakash,  included the secretary of the ministry of information and broadcasting.  In  2012 the current CEO of the public broadcaster was also selected by a committee which included the I & B secretary...

 

On culture, TV channels score zero

BY VIKRAM JOHRI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/10/2014

When it comes to literary reporting, the only notable exception to the inferior climate of reportage is also the one least expected: Doordarshan.

 

Simply feeling free

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/10/2014

The I and B minister Prakash Javadekar says disingeniously that Doordarshan carried a one hour telecast of an RSS function for the first time not because of any government diktat but simply because it is feeling more free than before.  He said  "earlier there may be restrictions that this should not be shown. We have not put any restrictions. So they are covering all news worthy events." (DNA)

 

 

Gender representation and empowerment in DD serials

BY ANUSHI AGARWAL, DEVI LEENA BOSE and SUSAN KOSHY| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |19/09/2014

The current study attempts to analyze the fiction content of the public service broadcaster using the canvas of gender representation and development.

 

Deadly eleven

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/09/2014

Former DD news anchor Ajai Shukla tweeted that a Doordarshan news anchor has been sacked after she read"Xi Jinping" as "Eleven Jinping" on the late night news!  The Hoot has now confirmed this with DD top brass...

 

PrasarBharati: Programme, demand mismatch

BY SevantiNinan| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |17/09/2014

The challenge of public broadcasting - I: There is technological and programming mismatch between viewers' needs and Doordarshan's output,

 

Public broadcasting in Kalahandi and Kandhamal

BY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, UTKAL UNIVERSITY, ODISHA| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |16/09/2014

The study was conducted in two phases to assess the viewer's perception and and the impact of public broadcasting on disadvantaged groups.

 

TV choices the poor make

BY The Hoot| IN BOOKS |01/09/2014

What is monetarily beneficial for broadcasters is less so for viewers who earn very little, some of them reported cutting back on food and savings to meet the increased costs of watching television post digitisation.

 

Video: When the dish knocked down the antenna

IN RESEARCH STUDIES |04/09/2014

The DTH revolution is sweeping India's villages and the public broadcaster Doordarshan is losing its rural audience to commercial DTH players.

 

What does Doordarshan telecast?

IN RESEARCH STUDIES |01/09/2014

A one-month content mapping of five DD channels shows a consistent pattern in the programing priorities of the broadcaster. Entertainment predominates because Doordarshan is forced to earn its own revenues.

 

TV choices the poor make

BY The Hoot| IN BOOKS |01/09/2014

What is monetarily beneficial for broadcasters is less so for viewers who earn very little, some of them reported cutting back on food and savings to meet the increased costs of watching television post-digitisation.

 

Age limits speech on radio!

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/08/2014

That age plays a major role in employability is an unofficial truth but All India Radio is all set to make it official. It decided to drop 100 radio jockeys in Kolkata because they were on the wrong side of 30! The All India Radio Broadcasters’ Welfare Association, Kolkata (AIRBAWAK) and..

 

How digitisation impacts farm telecasts

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/07/2014

Kisan shows are put out on terrestrial transmitters when many villages have switched to cable or DTH.

 

Broadcasting for the poor

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |29/05/2014

If practical utility for low income families is one aspect of public broadcasting, quality programming is another. Being responsive to audience needs does not require more autonomy,

 

Writing on the wall

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/05/2014

The Indian Express reported in a page one anchor on May 16 the details of how the I and B ministry put DD, AIR and all other media under it to work to ensure a Congress re-election. With the party headed for its lowest tally ever, we know now for..

 

A costly white elephant

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |06/02/2014

When a new government comes in this summer it will have to sooner or later decide how much good money it wants to continue wasting on Prasar Bharati,

 

We break other news

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/07/2014

On July 4 afternoon all the news channels were chasing the Iraq nurses' release story, some via a correspondent in Iraq. But Doordarshan was chasing the prime minister in Kashmir as he inaugurated a rail link. More constructive, doubtless...

 

Will Modi Sarkar change this?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/07/2014

The Doordashan DG's term is over and contenders for his job include four IAS officers, an income tax commissioner, a professor, a scientist and a charge sheeted DD correspondent. And a bunch of internal candidates who are senior DD bureaucrats. Is a new government alive to the power of..

 

Biting the bullet on Prasar Bharati

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/01/2014

The Pitroda Committee report identifies clearly the outstanding blocks to Prasar Bharati's autonomous functioning and sets out the drastic changes required.

 

Prasar Bharati at the crossroads

BY JAWAHAR SIRCAR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/08/2013

The Prasar Bharati Act gives a lot of operational autonomy but Sections 32 or 33 of the Act take away most of these by insisting of the prior approval of Government on all critical issues. And funding for technology suffers from grossly inadequate..

 

New Hindi channels for whom?

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/07/2013

Behind the launch is a tale of sorry programming, disappearing salience in the transmission landscape, and total invisibility in the country's most populous states.

 

The digitization that nobody is pushing

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |30/05/2013

The most powerful broadcasting system available today is digital terrestrial.

 

Door-to-door Darshan

IN OPINION |28/02/2013

What if a New York consultancy were to be entrusted with a makeover of the public broadcaster?

 

DD Girnar and the elections

BY Monazir Alam and Indira Akoijam| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/12/2012

The Congress bought more than three times the advertising time on the public broadcaster than the BJP did. It did not help.

 

Band aid for Prasar Bharati

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |20/09/2012

The core of the problem with Prasar Bharati is that employees are prioritized over the institution, and the institution is prioritized over the objective for which it was created.

 

The great betrayal

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN LAW AND POLICY |06/01/2012

In Prasar Bharati, while the engineering division has overwhelming numbers and power, the creative staff have taken the back seat.

 

Deja Vu at Prasar Bharati

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/02/2012

If the past few years have shown how highly spectrum is valued, does the terrestrial spectrum that Doordarshan and All India Radio have a complete monopoly over not require better stewardship and more accountability?

 

Counting the cash

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/10/2010

Prasar Bharati is thrilled with the money making opportunities the Commonwealth Games are presenting. It is planning to quickly roll out DVDs of the opening and closing ceremonies and has promptly hiked its ad rates for the closing ceremony. The current ad bookings for this event exceed 80 minutes already...

 

What next for Prasar Bharati?

BY sevanti ninan| IN LAW AND POLICY |20/09/2010

So what will the UPA government do next in this sticky case of an overly autonomous CEO? Will his writ continue to run? Will some in the highest echelons of this government continue to protect him?

 

Not so easy?IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/09/2010

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may have recommended the removal of the CEO of Prasar Bharati and sent the file to the PM. But the PMO, seen in many circles as the source of B S Lalli’s strength, is not obliging yet. The Hoot learns that the file has..

 

The Sad Story of Prasar Bharati

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/07/2010

PB needs restructuring. But it must first be rescued from the limbo in which finds itself or from euthanasia.

 

Untold stories of the Doordarshan years

BY Jai Chandiram| IN OPINION |14/09/2009

The DD years have been exhilarating and fun, we dared, we fought, we often won. Innovation was a necessity for achieving dreams and impossible realities.

 

Govt. ignores Prasar Bharati irregularities, targets man who exposed them

BY Indian Express| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/03/2009

On election eve, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting guns for an official who was trying to nail financial wrong doing in Prasar Bharati, under CEO BS Lalli’s watch.

 

Bright idea

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/10/2008

Doordarshan has come up with the bright idea of  putting cable operators and its families in the audiences for their reality shows. The folks at Prasar Bharati thinking this  will be an effective bribe in getting operators to put their channels on the prime band, since they cannot match the.. ?

 

Doordarshan’s golden rules of Ol-u-mpics coverage

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/08/2008

Phelps at the pool? Then DD will be at the handball prelims. You can bet a gold on that.

 

Olympian losses, but the babus had a ball

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/10/2008

If you cringed at Doordarshan’s Olympics coverage, now take a look at what it cost and who benefited.

 

Doordarshan amar raho

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/08/2008

With Doordarshan’s special genius for doing things, the network missed showing  the  prime minister hoisting the flag at the Red Fort, because at that point they were busy showing a recording of him at Raj Ghat. But its Olympics (sorry, Olumpics) coverage is what has taken the cake. Even as..

 

Freeloading?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/08/2008

Prasar Bharati says the private news channels have no business helping themselves to footage of the Olympics. It has written to all of them reminding them that DD Sports holds the rights. Apparently while it is mandatory for private channels with cricket rights to share their telecasts with Prasar Bharati,..

 

 

Keep this alternative alive and healthy

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/06/2008

If anyone wants a model for socially responsible, public interest broadcasting as an alternative to the commercial cacophony that satellites pour into our homes, the Lok Sabha channel would fit the bill.

 

More changes

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/06/2008

Following the appointment of new people to the posts of Chairman Prasar Bharati, and DG Doordarshan in the last couple of months,  the secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting has now been transferred back to her home state.  Just a coincidence, or more of the election year syndrome..

 

Deja vu

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/05/2008

First the UPA government changed rules to  remove Prasar Bharati Chairman M V Kamath from office. Now it has broken established tradition by making this too a post for a retired IAS officer. Previous chairmen have been journalists.  Arun Bhatnagar, Sonia Gandhi’s man for the wound-up  National Advisory Council,  is..

 

A Suitable Woman

BY Sajan Venniyoor| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/06/2006

The Public Service Broadcaster has never had a woman Director General in its 80 years of existence. Perhaps it is time for a change.

 

Prasar Bharati and the broadcasting bill

BY Thakore| IN OPINION |26/08/2006

 

Akashvani Bangalore turns fifty

BY bs chandraskhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |08/11/2005

The Bangalore station was inaugurated on November 2, 1955 and in the 50 years since then there have been six distinct stages in the evolution of its programming.

 

Using the Radio to heal

BY rina mukherji| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/06/2005

A radio programme for tsunami victims tries to motivate people to pick themselves up by the bootstraps, overcome their anxieties and pain, and take life head-on.

 

DD, AIR asked to cut down social broadcasts

BY Deepshikha Ghosh| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/04/2005

India`s state-run television and radio have been told to cut down on social causes and make money.

 

Supreme Court pulls up Prasar Bharati

IN LAW AND POLICY |04/04/2005

The Supreme Court Thursday pulled up Prasar Bharati for not implementing the Prasar Bharati Act by not giving an opportunity to its employees to exercise their option to remain with the government or the corporation.

 

Prasar Bharati CEO unveils ambitious global plans

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/02/2005

Prasar Bharati is doing a global tender for the worldwide distribution of Doordarshan television and All India Radio (AIR) channels.

 

CBI and DD

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/06/2004

The CBI arrested the director of the Lucknow Doordarshan Kendra when he was allegedly accepting a bribe from a serial maker, reports the Times of India on June 19.

 

Prasar Bharati: assault on autonomy

BY verghese| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |26/08/2003

The dismissal of the director general of Doordarshan was arbitrary and mala fide and inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the Prasar Bharati Act.

 

All India Radio---75 years of wasted opportunity

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |02/11/2002

Between its early hijacking by government and its imminent hijacking by commercial interests can we still create a relevant public space on Indian radio?

 

Doordarshan Viewership Survey In Punjab

IN BOOKS |30/03/2002

Doordarshan claims its satellite channel is the most watched in Punjab.

 

 

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