Doordarshan's Jalandhar Kendra walked away with the best Doordarshan Kendra of the year Trophy at the Second Doordarshan Awards. The chief guest I&B minister, Sushma Swaraj, reiterated that obscenity would not be allowed to continue on television. "If this is all that sells, don't sell," she said.
Instituted to recognize and encourage in house talent, the DD Awards picked out the best technical and creative brains behind the shows on various DD Channels. Doordarshan's Jaipur Kendra bagged the highest, five, number of awards for the best editing (Inside Pushkar), best science and technology show (Surya Kiran), best serial (Bhor), best agriculture show (Ujjas Batan Gaon Gaon Ri) and best wildlife and environment show (Ab Nahi Roothenge Badal).
Devika Moktam's (DDK Delhi) reporting on child labour won her the best news report award for 'Ek Bachpan Aisa Bhi'. The live coverage of General Musharraff's visit to Agra was adjudged the best live event of the year. Hindi news anchor, Neelam Sharma walked away with the best news presenter award. DDK Srinagar and Jammu bagged the best regional news unit awards. The best TV spot award went to Vijay Bhingarde of Mumbai for anti smoking theme. Among the technical categories, Bangalore bagged the trophy for the best maintained kendra, while Gwalior was adjudged the best-maintained high power transmitter (HPT).
Vijayalakshmi Chhabra, Director-Marketing, Mumbai and Usha Bhasin, Director-Development Communication Unit, New Delhi won the Director General's Special Award for exemplary work.
Anchored by media personality Sachin along with former Miss World Yukta Mookhey and three DD comperes, the awards ceremony was interspersed with performances by various artistes including Shaan, the Colonial Cousins, Kavita Krishnamoorthy and Jaspinder Narula.