All India Radio has won the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union’s ABU Award for Best Children’s Programme of 2004. An Oriya musical feature from AIR Sambhalpur, ‘Dhire Dhire Bahija Pawana’ (Blow, blow thou serene air) has been adjudged as the best children’s programme of the year. The 15-minute programme, written and produced by Padma Lochan Das aims to create an awareness among children to plant more trees and take care of the environment.
Doordarshan Engineer-in-Chief RK Gupta has received the ABU Award for Excellence in Broadcast Engineering for his contribution in development of television network in India. Today, Doordarshan operates as the second largest terrestrial network in the world after CCTV, China.
The AIR and DD Awards were received by K S Sarma, CEO, Prasar Bharti at the Award Ceremony held as part of the 41st General Assembly of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union at Almaty, Kazakhstan.
More than 300 broadcasters and administrators attended the three-day-long general assembly at Almaty with focus on the challenges facing free-to-air broadcasters in an age of fierce competition.