DD news scribes to quit on their own: report

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry is not in favour of taking direct action against political appointees made by the previous government in Prasar Bharati, which looks after Doordarshan and All India Radio, but would prefer such people "go on their own."

(A late evening Press Trust of India report said some of the journalists taken on contract for the newly-launched DD News channel by the Prasar Bharati last year during the BJP-led NDA rule had resigned following the change of government at the centre.

("Some of them have notified us of their decision (to quit). DD News has become self-sustainable, adding any change in its content is for the Prasar Bharati to decide," PTI report added quoting highly-placed sources.

(According to the report, both the government and the journalists had the option of exiting from the contract after giving a three-month notice.)

Earlier in the day when asked if there was a need to make changes in Doordarshan News and purge it of the so-called saffron followers, a senior info-broad ministry representative had told journalists, "It's up to them (people allegedly owing allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party) to take a decision. The government is not ruling out anything, nor making any announcements."

The appointments made last year included that of Deepak Chaurasia as consultant editor. When the query was made more specific whether Chaurasia (formerly with Aaj Tak) and few others would be served notices leading to their exit because of severe criticism from Left parties, the ministry representative said, "There is a dominant perception (on the named people) and we have to address such perception."

Still trying to distance the ministry from Parser Bharati, an autonomous body modeled on the BBC, the government representative said that people like Chaurasia, and others who had been hired from private satellite channels for DD News were contractual employees and that contracts can be terminated mutually.

However, he denied knowledge of termination letters being served by Prasar Bharati on Chaurasia and company as reported in a section of the media till today.

Still, the I&B ministry representative paid a back-handed compliment to Chaurasia and company's performance at DD News saying that the news channel has "almost become self-sufficient."

A downsizing of Prasar Bharati too has been ruled out by the I&B ministry at the moment.

Chaurasia was brought from Aaj Tak to DD News when it was re-launched in October, ahead of the general elections. Some others followed Chaurasia from the country's 'subse tez news channel'; few of who returned like prodigal sons to Aaj Tak after some months.

Since their arrival, Chaurasia and company have had tough time with a majority of the Indian Information Service people whose stranglehold over DD and AIR is legendary. One such IIS official was shifted out of DD News and sent to the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity by the previous government on alleged differences with Chaurasia.

Latest Reads
BIG Magic acquires 'Boonie Bears' exclusive FTA rights

BIG Magic has acquired exclusive FTA rights of ‘Boonie Bears’, the No.1 and most popular animated series in China. BIG Magic has renamed it ‘Babloo Dabloo’ for the Hindi viewing audience. Babloo Dabloo airs every Monday – Sunday 10 am – 11 am & 5 pm – 6 pm only on BIG Magic

Television TV Channels GECs
PBL: Setting stage for next big thing on Indian sporting landscape

India has witnessed the emergence of a multi-sports culture over the past few years. This significant development has come on the back of a promising display by Indian sportspersons across various disciplines, the meteoric rise of home grown leagues and the consequent widening of the fan base of...

Television TV Channels Sports
CNNMoney new section will be about the fastest growing economy; MoneyStream app launched

MUMBAI: Attracting 1.8 million average monthly page views, witnessing a 37 per cent growth in video consumption and 16 per cent in unique browsers month-on-month from India in less than a year’s time is not smooth. In its ambitious plan of global expansion, CNN Digital is leaving no stone unturned...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Content a 'Game of Thrones'; AT&T's control over HBO, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros faces regulatory lens

The global media landscape is resulting in a new juggernaut as an internet and cable behemoth yesterday purchased an entertainment conglomerate making the former unmatched in its size and reach to consumers through home broadband, smartphones, satellite television and a battery of movies and cable...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
US$ 4.5 bn expected from IPL rights; SC recommends accounts scrutiny

The Supreme Court on Friday froze all financial transactions between the BCCI and state cricket associations by directing the apex body not to disburse any funds till it resolves to abide by the Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations on reforms by 3 December . The top court ordered that none of...

Television TV Channels Sports
TVS Tyres is co-presenter for Asian Champions Trophy 2016

Continuing its strong connect with sports, TVS Tyres has associated with Asian Champions Trophy 2016 by becoming the co-presenter. The Asian Champions Trophy is one of the premier hockey tournaments, a much sought after annual international competition promising some great hockey action. This...

Television TV Channels Sports
Q2-17: Zee Learn declares maiden interim dividend

The board of directors of the Essel group’s education company Zee Learn Limited (ZLL) have declared a first time ever dividend of 5 percent per equity share of Re 1 each for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter).

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Whether BARC action can stop unethical practices?

MUMBAI: Can businesses and industries practise their art of selling fairly although they have 'Fair Practices' training during academic courses, workshops and several ISO and other certifications? There seems to be the fear of the lawman, and not the law in India. If the traffic cop is watching,...

Television TV Channels Viewership
TV Superhighway: beIN, Yaddo, AfricaXP have joined us, says Magine CEO Ambuj Goyal

CANNES; Magine has secured partnerships with four of the industry’s most exciting sports, documentary and entertainment content providers. Partnerships with beIN, the international media group and owner of MIRAMAX; Yaddo, the new documentary streaming service headed up by former head of The BBC’s...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories