Committee formed to inquire DD on 400+ unaired episodes

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has been asked to immediately report on why 164 prorammes running into over 200 episodes produced by the Srinagar Kendra of Doordarshan and 288 episodes received from 30 outside production houses between 2009 and 2011 have still not been telecast.

Doordarshan director general Vikayalakshmi Chhabra has been asked to shortlist those series, which can still be used, Prasar Bharati sources told The outside producers were to be paid Rs 30,000 per episode.

The DG has also been asked to take disciplinary action against the concerned officers, and a DD source told that a high-level committee had been formed for this purpose.

The sources said no payment has been made for such programmes by Doordarshan so far.

The telecast of these programmes was stopped during the first quarter of the year 2011 by the then DDG (Programmes) at DDK Srinagar.

Some facilities for production of these programs were out–sourced. In some cases, the fee structure of Doordarshan was also not followed which was in violation of procedure for 'in-house programmes.'

The programmes included documentary series, talk shows, music-based programmes including qawaalis, dramatic series, programmes done under Bharat Nirman, and game shows.

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