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Encyclopedia > Doordarshan
Doordarshan
Doordarshan Logo
Type Broadcast television network
Country Flag of India India
Availability National
Owner Prasar Bharati
Key people K S Sarma (CEO)
Launch date 1959
Past names All India Radio
Website www.ddindia.gov.in

Doordarshan (sometimes DoorDarshan; दूरदर्शन) is a Public broadcast Terrestrial television channel run by Prasar Bharati, a board nominated by the Government of India. It is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the infrastructure of studios and transmitters. Recently it has also started Digital Terrestrial Transmitters. Image File history File links Doordarshan. ... Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air, OTA or broadcast television) was the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery prior to the advent of cable and satellite television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) was established on November 23, 1997 following a demand that the electronic media in India should be made free from the Government control and given autonomy in their functioning. ... For the electronica band, see All India Radio (band). ... Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video signals which transmit programs to an audience. ... Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) was established on November 23, 1997 following a demand that the electronic media in India should be made free from the Government control and given autonomy in their functioning. ... The Government of India (Hindi: भारत सरकार Bharat Sarkar), officially referred to as the Union Government, and commonly as Central Government, was established by the Constitution of India, and is the governing authority of a federal union of 28 states and 7 union territories, collectively called the Republic of India. ... For a one-room apartment, see Apartment. ... Antenna tower of Crystal Palace transmitter, London A transmitter (sometimes abbreviated XMTR) is an electronic device which with the aid of an antenna propagates an electromagnetic signal such as radio, television, or other telecommunications. ...

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Beginning

DoorDarshan had a modest beginning with the experimental telecast starting in Delhi in September, 1959 with a small transmitter and a makeshift studio. The regular daily transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. The television service was extended to Mumbai (then Bombay) and Amritsar in 1972. Till 1975, seven Indian cities had television service and DoorDarshan remained the only television channel in India. Television services were separated from radio in 1976. Each office of All India Radio and DoorDarshan were placed under the management of two separate Director Generals in New Delhi. Finally DoorDarshan as a National Broadcaster came into existence. Delhi   (Hindi: , Urdu: ‎, Punjabi: ) is the second-largest metropolis in India after Mumbai with a population of 13 million. ... For the electronica band, see All India Radio (band). ... “Bombay” redirects here. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... Amritsar (Punjabi: ), meaning Pool of the Nectar of Immortality, is the administrative headquarter of the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. ...

Going national

National programme was introduced in 1982. In the same year, colour TVs were introduced in the Indian markets with the live telecast of the Independence Day parade on 15th August, 1982, followed by the Asian Games being held in Delhi. The eighties was the era of Doordarshan with soaps like Hum Log (1984), Buniyaad (1986-87) and mythological dramas like Ramayan (1987-88) and Mahabharat (1988-89) glued millions to DoorDarshan. Other popular programs included Hindi film songs based programs like Chitrahaar and Rangoli and crime thrillers like Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Byomkesh Bakshi and Janki Jasoos. Recent programs include the serial drama Lal Kothi Alvida (2006), based on the novel by Sharat Kumar. Asian Games Logo The Asian Games, also called the Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Hum Log was a very popular Hindi soap which started on Doordarshan in 1984. ... Ramayan is a highly successful Indian television series created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is the great religious, philosophical and mythological epic of India. ... A widely watched television program on Doordarshan - the national television channel of India. ... Rangoli in Singapore Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. ... Karamchand was the popular detective TV serial. ... Pankaj Kapoor is an Indian theatre, television and film actor. ... Byomkesh Bakshi is a fictional detective of Bengali literature created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. ... Sharat Kumar (born July 29, 1937, Meerut, India) is an Indian writer of both fiction and nonfiction. ...

Now more than 90 percent of the Indian population can receive DoorDarshan (DD1) programmes through a network of nearly 1400 terrestrial transmitters.

About 46 DoorDarshan Studios are producing TV programs today. Presently, DoorDarshan operates 19 channels – two All India channels, 11 Regional Languages Satellite Channels (RLSC), four State Networks (SN), an International channel, a Sports Channel and two channels (DD-RS & DD-LS) for live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings.

On DD-1 National programmes, Regional programmes and Local Programmes are carried on time-sharing basis. DD-News channel, launched on 3rd November, 2003, which replaced the DD-Metro Entertainment channel, provides 24-Hour news service. The Regional Languages Satellite channels have two components – The Regional service for the particular state relayed by all terrestrial transmitters in the state and additional programmes in the Regional Language in prime time and non-prime time available only through cable operators. Sports Channel is exclusively devoted to the broadcasting of sporting events of national and international importance. This is the only Sports Channels which telecasts rural sports like Kho-Kho, Kabbadi etc. something which private broadcasters will not attempt to telecast as it will not attract any revenues.

Criticism

Doordarshan is often criticized for low quality of programs and sometimes even poor telecast and presentation quality. Additionally, since it is not a profit and loss enterprise like private channels Sun Network, STAR Plus, Zee TV or Sony TV, it does not have the requisite push for better programming. Despite being heavily funded and protected by the government, many critics have pointed that it continues to post losses regularly and has failed to deliver either quality educational programmes or entertainment programs. The media have regularly criticized the channel for telecasting one too many ads in cricket matches often showing only 5 of the 6 balls of an over and even doubled the time between two overs for commercial slots to make extra money.[1] One cricket magazine described Doordarshan's live telecast as a "horror show".[2] Supporters argue that it has a greater responsibility towards the nation, such as emergency services, important government announcements and public broadcasts; entertainment comes a distant second priority. However many contradict this stating that Doordarshan is more interested only in cricket matches and has abdicated its so called "responsibilities" in favour of monetary gains, [3] and political dealings.[4] Sun Network is a Rs 12000-crore Indian cable television network based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Zee TV is an India-based satellite television channel in the Zee Network umbrella, which carries broadcasts in Hindi and Urdu. ... Sony Entertainment Television (India) (popularly known as Sony TV or SET) is one of India’s popular Hindi language based general entertainment broadcasters. ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ...


See also

For the electronica band, see All India Radio (band). ... Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) was established on November 23, 1997 following a demand that the electronic media in India should be made free from the Government control and given autonomy in their functioning. ...

External links

  • Official Site
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting homepage
  • All India Radio homepage
  • DoorDarshan DTH information
  • Doordarshan's Old Serials- The golden age of DD

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DoorDarshan: Information from Answers.com (593 words)
DoorDarshan (दूरदर्शन) is a Public broadcast Terrestrial television channel run by Prasar Bharati, a board nominated by the Government of India.
It is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the infrastructure of studios and transmitters.
DoorDarshan had a modest beginning with the experimental telecast starting in Delhi in September, 1959 with a small transmitter and a makeshift studio.
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