After poor take-up, govt rethinks radio digitization strategy

Government of India seems to have had a change of heart as far as its digitization strategy for radio is concerned, particularly on the choice of technology for the future. The first phase of India’s radio digitization — which has the potential to deliver CD-quality sound on radio receivers — was started around 11 years […]

CORONAVIRUS: DD Free Dish may give channel slots without e-auction

Prasar Bharati has set up a committee to explore an alternative way of allowing private TV channels to use its DD Free Dish DTH service without going through an auction process. Traditionally, private channels have to pay crores of rupees per year if they want to get a slot on the free satellite broadcasting (DTH) […]

I&B Ministry data confirms blockage of salary funds for Prasar Bharati

SALARY AID TO PB Rs cr 22.05.2017 892 27.07.2017 100 23.08.2017 198 22.09.2017 198 31.10.2017 198 01.12.2017 198 22.12.2017 205 28.02.2018 2.75 Budget Allocation Rs 2800 cr Total Released 1991.75 cr Yet to be Released 808.25 cr Data related from the information and broadcasting ministry shows that the government has not made any substantial disbursal […]

I&B Ministry addresses allegations of bias in awarding IFFI coverage contract

The Information and Broadcasting ministry has responded to allegations that it caused needless expenditure by getting a private company to cover the opening and closing ceremonies of the International Film Festival of India in place of Doordarshan. It has been alleged by sources in Prasar Bharati that the ministry overlooked Doordarshan’s considerable expertise and experience […]

Smriti Irani says no salary till Prasar Bharati agrees to performance targets

Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani today said her ministry has not released funds for the payment of salaries to the employees of India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati because the ministry and the organization have not been able to agree on a set of performance parameters for the broadcaster to achieve. Irani said the memorandum […]

Doordarshan Free Dish adds 50 new channels, total 113; DD encryption may hurt Dish TV

Doodarshan Free Dish has added a whopping 50 new channels on the new MPEG 4 technology within 20 days of moving to its new home, GSAT-15. Most of the new additions are movie channels, but some are still in testing mode. The new channels include Movie House, Manoranjan Movies, Khushboo TV, Houseful Action, MM Multiplex, RT Movies, […]