Monday, November 30, 2009

Doordarshan is synonymous of Credibility : Himachal Pradesh C.M

Credibility and clean image are the vital assets of any news channel and are basic ingredients for any organization to penetrate deep into the hearts of viewers, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said.

The Chief Minister was addressing viewers of a cultural evening organized by Doordarshan Kendra, Shimla to commemorate 'Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Doordarshan in India' at Peterhof here last evening.

Mr Dhumal congratulated Doordarshan for successfully completing 50 years of its service to the nation by maintaining credibility and airing decent programmes. He said that various channels of Doordarshan had access to every home in the country and is a strong medium of communication.

Mr Dhumal said that the two day long 'Regional Rajbhasha Sammelan' organized by Doordarshan would go a long way in popularizing Hindi, which was the most common and effective mode of communication amongst the people from all walks of life.

The Chief Minister said that Shimla had witnessed numerous historical events from Indo-Pak Summit, Pre-Independence Pacts, Macmohan Line Agreement to many other historic conferences and pacts, which were signed between Indian and British leaders during pre-Independence era.

Mr Dhumal wished Doordarshan to scale greater heights in future years so that its credibility was maintained for all the times to come. (

Telecast of Doordarshan in USA, Canada and other foreign countries demanded

Amritsar Vikas Manch has demanded the telecast of different channels of Doordarshan including DD Punjabi in USA, Canada and other foreign countries.

In a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh , Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Manch patron Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala stated that large number of Indians are now settled in U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Australia and other countries.Indian channels other than Doordarshan like Zee TV, Star TV, Aaj Tak, Sahara, Alpha Punjabi, PTC Punjabi etc are being telecaste in these countries.

Punjabis are also settled in large number in these countries and private Indian Punjabi channels are being telecast in these countries. So DD Punjabi along with other regional channels should also be made available in these countries.

Doordarshan can earn a large amount of money on advertisements etc. Copy of the letter has been sent to Dr. Manohar Singh Gill Minister of Sports and Youth welfare and Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament and Tarlochan Singh MP. (

Friday, November 13, 2009


BJP leader writes to PM over state of affairs in Prasar Bharti

Senior BJP leader Prabhat Jha has written to prime minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention to improve the state of affairs in public broadcaster Prasar Bharati which has been mired in internal squabbles between its board members and the CEO.

In a letter written on November 3, Prabhat Jha has urged the PM to "set up a Parliamentary committee to monitor and regulate the quality of Prasar Bharati so that its performance may be improved and it again becomes popular in every household".

He requested Singh to "consider the matter urgently and take required steps in instituting a Parliamentary committee for the purpose".

Jha said the reason Doordarshan is failing to compete with other channels is "because a large number of vacancies (around 17,400) are waiting to be filled and Prasar Bharati, an autonomous body, cannot make appointments under the pretext of some government 'ban' on appointments".

Terming it as "ridiculous", he said "as per Prasar Bharati Act, the public broadcaster is entitled to make appointments but what is stopping it remains puzzling".

Hoping that Singh will intervene in the matter, Jha said, "I request you to take personal interest and see that a Parliamentary committee is in place to improve the quality of Doordarshan to make it competitive. I also hope that you will take immediate steps in filling 17,400 vacancies in Prasar Bharati. (From friends of"