Doordarshan will telecast news bulletin every hour on its DD1 channel from January 2002. According to Information &Broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj, the ministry was planning more programmes based on news and current affairs. The slot for news and current affairs based programmes is expected to be raised to 30 per cent from the current 10 per cent.
Eight hours would be dedicated for programmes meant for children and another eight hours for cultural ones. Ms. Swaraj said the decision to discontinue DD News was independently taken by Prasar Bharti and had some justification.
On global competition, Swaraj said India is being developed as uplinking hub for SAARC countries and would generate a huge revenue though exact generation of revenue has not been calculated.
According industry status to the entertainment sector would make available to them the institutional finance, the minister said adding IDBI had earmarked Rs 100 crore this year and Rs 61 crore had already been disbursed.
She expressed hope that turnover of entertainment sector was presently Rs 10,000 crore which would go upto Rs 30,000 crore in future.
The government will act as facilitator for the entertainment sector, Swaraj said adding her ministry was also exploring some good locations for shooting of feature films that may save precious foreign exchange.