Television

A question mark on DD News relaunch early-November

NEW DELHI: A question mark has been put on an early-November relaunch of Doordarshan's news channel, DD News.

Reason: The Election Commission (EC) may play spoilsport for the government and DD.

EC, which oversees the conduct of state and general elections in India, has sought clarifications from Prasar Bharati on whether the relaunch of DD News early-November breaches the model poll of conduct, considering that the channel's new avtaar and upkeep would be financed by the government.

According to the model code of election conduct, the government cannot take decisions that may seem to be amounting to handing out sops to the general populace

or highlighting its own achievements.

This temporary ban starts from the time election dates are announced by the EC and remains in effect till the whole poll process is over.

Five Indian states, including the Union Territory of Delhi, will go to polls between November and December.

According to government sources, Prasar Bharati, which oversees the functioning of DD and All India Radio (AIR), has today replied to the EC via the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry. It is up to the EC to take a decision now on DD News' relaunch.

Efforts made to elicit a response from the Commission today proved futile as both the election commissioner J M Lyngdoh and his deputy were said to be out of town on official trips.

According to government sources, Prasar Bharati's stand is that the relaunch of DD News in no way breaches the model code of conduct that becomes applicable on the government as also other political parties.

In its reply, Prasar Bharati is understood to have said that the decision to relaunch DD News was taken by its board on 11 July and the file concerned had been moving between Prasar Bharati and the I&B ministry since January.

Moreover, Prasar Bharati has also indicated that if the EC thinks relaunching of a channel is a breach of model poll conduct, then nothing stops it from increasing the news bulletins and current affairs programming, in general, on DD.

However, what is causing concern in some quarters is the fact that the Indian Cabinet okayed government assistance - amounting to approximately Rs 270 million - for the remaining part of the current financial year, to DD News recently and after the election dates had been announced.

Some political observers here have contended that the fact that DD News - funded by the government - is to be relaunched just before the polls may be reason enough for the EC to see red.

Over the last few days, the EC has been very active and has directed the government to withdraw some advertisements in newspapers and on TV channels. Even the finance ministry had to discontinue a campaign, India Shining owing to EC diktat.

Can the new DD News prove to be beneficial for the present government that does have bright poll prospects in some of the states, including Delhi? This cannot be said with certainty as most of the content for the news channel is to be generated in-house.

However, few private producers, who are likely to get some work from DD News, are a mixed lot, including those with soft corners for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Meanwhile, it would be interesting to note that in the late 1990s, the EC had stopped the government from announcing a decision on DD's then proposed forays into KU-band direct-to-home television service. Reason: it amounted to a breach of model code of conduct.

Will history repeat itself? Watch this space for more on DD News.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/22/IPL-800x800.jpg?itok=gWfm4TQw
IPL: Media rights race hots up after IMG renews events deal

MUMBAI: IPL events rights holder - the International Management Group (IMG) has reportedly renewed its partnership with the Indian Premier League (IPL) for another five years. For the last 10 years, the UK-based organisation is the primary controller of the main events related to the IPL. IPL...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/22/ISL.jpg?itok=_eMunjPv
ISL sponsorship: Hero triples investment at Rs 1.6 bn

MUMBAI: Hero MotoCorp has, for another three years, reportedly renewed its sponsorship arrangement with IMG Reliance and Star India-promoted Indian Super League (ISL) for Rs 1.6 billion. As Hero's last deal with ISL in 2014 was valued at approximately Rs 500 million, it has now tripled its...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/22/Untitled-1_1.jpg?itok=seF0g_FR
FremantleMedia expands into scripted content, partners bestselling author Heather Lende

MUMBAI: FremantleMedia is further expanding its push into scripted content by teaming up with bestselling author Heather Lende to develop Find The Good, an uplifting drama series inspired by Lende’s memoir of the same name and her earlier memoir, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name.

Television Production House Non-Fiction
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/bday.jpg?itok=rWg3hp2k
AXN brings double treat for ‘Sherlock’ fans with restaurant hopping and binge watching

It is Benedict Cumberbatch’s aka Sherlock Holmes’ birthday month. And to celebrate the birthday of the man who plays the most iconic detective on screen Sherlock Holmes, AXN has taken an unconventional route for its fans. In addition to showing all Sherlock episodes back-to-back for the first time...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/barc.jpg?itok=kx6b-VfJ
BARC to host digital measurement roadshows in Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru

After setting up a robust TV viewership measurement system, BARC India is gearing for a successful launch of EKAM, its digital viewership measurement venture. In keeping with its policy of transparency and inclusivity, BARC India, is hosting a series of multi-city roadshows for members of the...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/MLS.jpg?itok=xZTjwzip
Major League Soccer to implement 'video review' from 5 August

MUMBAI: Major League Soccer has confirmed that, beginning 5 August, all MLS games, including the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup, will incorporate Video Review. Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 22 clubs throughout the United States and Canada.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/Ajay-Devgn.jpg?itok=AVQjeNtC
Star Gold premieres 'Dhruva' on 23 July, Ajay Devgn lends voice

MUMBAI: Star Gold claims to have has become synonymous with setting new benchmarks for every film it premieres and the channel now takes it a notch higher by becoming the first Hindi Movie Channel to get a Bollywood megastar to dub for a movie Premiere.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/monica-tata-800x800_0.jpg?itok=1aBkaKIE
Scope for BTVi & two channels in biz genre, says Megha Tata

MUMBAI: While assessing business news viewership to be less than one per cent of the 183-million television viewing homes, BTVi aims to be among the top three channels as it grows two and a half times in six months flat. Business Television India (BTVi) will complete a year in August 2017 and its...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/07/21/Ayushamaan%20Bhava.jpg?itok=_x3TbdkE
Life OK rebranded as Star Bharat may start from 15 Aug

MUMBAI: Star India is planning to relaunch its existing general entertainment channel -- Life OK, renamed as Star Bharat. The channel plans to have modern outlook but Indian feel. According to reports, it will be relaunched with the new look on 15 August. Since 2011, the channel will be branded...

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories