South Indian DD Producers' Association spokesperson Shivanandan
told indiantelevision.com, "Presently, we have resumed our
shows on DD. But that doesn't mean, we have given up on our demands.
We are still pursuing the issue with top Prasar Bharati members."
The producers' association has a string of meetings lined up with
Prasar Bharati officials throughout this week. They are scheduled
to meet the pubcaster's chairman MV Kamath tomorrow, and its financial
controller Sunderasan on 11 October, Shivanandan confirmed.
The stir was called on 12 September by Banglore producers, who
have bought airtime and are involved in marketing programmes on
DD Bangalore. Later in the month, their counterparts in Thiruvanthapuram,
Hyderabad and Chennai had joined the strike.
"Prasar Bharati has asked for '60-days time' to respond to
our issues, but we have insisted that they resolve it within 15
days," Shivanandan said. Determined to leave no stone unturned,
the association also met with Prasar Bharati marketing director
Vijaya Chabbria and deputy directorate general N G Shrinivasan last
week, Shivanandan revealed.
DD Bangalore director Venkatesh Sherval confirmed that the producers'
strike had been called off. However, when asked if the producers'
demands would be settled amicably he said, "We have our own
procedures. Presently, we have forwarded the charter of demands
to our directorate. We will have to wait and see what happens next."
Sherval expects the issue to be sorted in "a month or two".
Indian producers intensify stir against DD