DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari
has assured Parliament that the time of Urdu news from the
Hyderabad Kendra of Doordarshan would be increased as the
said that 44 Regional News Units of News Services Division,
All India Radio, broadcast regional news bulletins.
addition to this, a Regional News Unit has been set up at
Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir which broadcasts regional news
Doordarshan, 29 Regional News Units telecast regional news
from its various Kendras.
He said in reply to another supplementary question that both
AIR and Doordarshan regularly transmit programmes which help
the farmer in learning about various cultivation techniques
and keeping him updated about the latest in this particular
There are 48 regional news bulletins in 18 languages, which
are produced centrally from the News Service Division of AIR.
In addition to this, 181 bulletins in 74 languages are produced
and broadcast from the RNUs, and this covers the 22 scheduled
There are 1019 news-based programmes from RNUs in 21 languages
which are broadcast. And this totally amounts to 117 hours
and 15 minutes of programming per week. In addition to that,
you have 290 headline bulletins from FM Rainbow in 15 languages.
He accepted a suggestion to make the news as local as possible
and content rich and more focussed on local imperatives.
said in reply to another supplementary that Prasar Bharati
had been taking steps to augment infrastructure both in terms
of gathering of news and dissemination of news in Doordarshan
and AIR. A process has been started of digitising the various
Doordarshan to ensure that the quality of news which is broadcast
is of the optimum level and this project will be completed
by 2017. A total of 145 stations are currently being digitised.
In AIR, there are complaints which have come in that the medium
wave transmission is not audible, and that, to a certain extent,
is correct because over the years, the power of the transmitters
have gone low because these are legacy equipment.
A total of 71 transmitters have been replaced in the 11th
Plan and the power of 33 medium wave FM transmitters is being
upgraded to see that broadcasting becomes better.
Bharati is also in the process of recruiting additional people
and 1150 vacancies have been sanctioned.