Autonomous bodies, including Prasar Bharati which receive grants-in-aid from the government are required to sign an MoU with the relevant ministry for the release of funds allocated to them in the Union Budget by the central government.
Last year in October, the Information and Broadcasting ministry decided to review the channel slot auction of Doordarshan’s DD FreeDish. The ministry asked the broadcaster to suspend e-auctioning of slots on DD Free Dish until further notice
Dr. A Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, recently spoke about the organisation still being on the road to autonomy, practice of neutral journalism, the impact of social media and the future of citizen journalism
In an exclusive interview with exchange4media, Vempati spoke about the challenges facing Prasar Bharati, his vision for the organisation and making it a digitally relevant and commercially viable organisation
At the 31st auction of its free-to-air direct-to-home platform FreeDish on 20 and 21 October, Doordarshan earned an amount of Rs 130.30 crore through its sale of 27 slots. The highest bid was above Rs 5 crore