Television

Commissioning guidelines for DD programmes released

Prasar Bharati has recently issued guidelines for commissioning programmes on national broadcaster Doordarshan.

The central Commissioning unit at the Delhi headquarters of DD will tabulate annual budget requirements and forward it to to the finance wing, which will then decide budgets for various DD channels and centres.

Programmes will be commissioned to supplement in-house production efforts for the sole purpose of bringing variety into programming.

Certain genres may be excluded for commissioning, as they would be available in the sponsored category. These include soaps, sitcoms and mythologicals.

The guidelines state that DD will assess its requirements for the next year in the last quarter of the current financial year and accordingly prepare its list.

And as part of its effort to promote fresh talent, graduates from television and film institutes recognised by the University Grants Commission will be permitted to make programmes on DD, according to the new guidelines.

Doordarshan told to assess commissioned programme requirements in advance.

Doordarshan (DD) will from now on be required to assess its requirements of commissioned programmes in the last quarter of the financial year for the ensuing year, according to the Prasar Bharati guidelines for commissioning of programmes which were issued here on Tuesday.

Based on the list of such commissioned programmes, the Central Commissioning Unit (CCU) will consolidate the annual budget requirements and forward it to the finance wing. Subsequently, the finance wing will earmark the available budget to different channels and kendras.

Significantly, the guidelines state that certain genres may be excluded for commissioning, as they would be available in the sponsored category. These genres include daily soaps, sit-coms, mythological, mega-serials etc. Also, the guidelines say that the budget allocated for commissioning will be utilised by inviting eminent producers and directors including award winning producers and directors. Part of the commissioning budget will be identified and allocated for the promotion of new talent, for assigning programmes to young graduates from various film/TV institutes.

The proposals have to be assessed by the evaluation committee. If necessary, the producer may have to present his/her concept before this committee, according to the guidelines. The proposals short-listed by the evaluation committee shall be put up to a costing committee for critical evaluation of the budget requirements of the proposal. The decision taken by the costing committee shall be final and its decision will be communicated to the producer within five working days of the meeting.

The guidelines have taken into account the new media too. ''All rights including new media and any rights that may be available in future will rest with Doordarshan,'' the guidelines state.

For guideline details click here

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