Twenty-one Doordarshan and 12 Akashvani (All India Radio) stations went off air due to a 48-hour ‘duty boycott’ resorted to by 2,000 employees of state-run broadcaster Prasar Bharati from 9 am on November 23, 2010, as part of a nationwide strike.
It is hardly surprising anymore, when one gets to hear that ‘no other channel was allowed there but Doordarshan’ like Barack Obama’s India visit. Again, ‘It is alright if someone coughed up a bomb for it but the coverage must be shared with Doordarshan’ – like is the case is in nearly all cricket series. Being the government’s channel, Doordarshan enjoys advantages that others can remotely hope for. Something like BBC in the UK. Why then, does Doordarshan lag so far behind in being a serious player?
Doordarshan is all set to air the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 in high definition (HD), which is expected to boost HD technology in the country in a big way. The session on ‘Will HD be an Indian Driver and will Sports TV be at the wheel?’ at the Indian Satellite Industry Forum 2010 discussed key issues related to HDTV in India.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has informed that well-known journalist Mrinal Pande has been appointed as Chairperson of the Prasar Bharati Board. She replaces Arun Bhatnagar, who had resigned from the office in May 2009. Veteran film makers Shyam Benegal and Muzaffar Ali, and well-known media personality Suman Dubey have also join the Prasar Bharati board as part-time members.