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DD's Sahyadri has 50% of Top 60 in Marathi homes

MUMBAI: DD-10 (Sahyadri) channel is giving the private broadcasters a run for their money as Marathi programmes are creating a revolution of their own. In the TAM ratings dated 12-18 January 2003, statistics reveal that Sahyadri has excelled in Mumbai as well as in Maharashtra. More than 50 per cent of the Top 60 programmes watched by Maharashtrian households belong to Sahyadri channel. The Top 60 list also includes other general entertainment Hindi channels and English channels.

DD-10 Sahyadri dons the mantle of being a public service broadcaster but has done a fairly good job of mixing commercial elements with interactive and informative news/views programmes.

Doordarshan Mumbai station director Mukesh Sharma adds: "In the TAM India data for 12-18 January 2003, Sahyadri has done very well. The Tam ratings for 12-18 January 2003 state that DD-10 Sahyadri has forged ahead of its competitors. Out of the top 60 programmes (not necessarily Marathi channels) watched in all TV homes in Maharashtra, DD Sahyadri's share is 31 programmes."

DD-10 Sahyadri channel has a fair mix of soap operas, interactive programmes, news and views based content: Bandhini, Damini, Gharkul are the top soaps; Chitrahaar and Antakshari are the music based programmes; Ghatna Chakra and Mahacharcha deal with issues and current affairs by inviting viewer feedback (dial in and dial out); Hello Sakhi and Hello Doctor are interactive shows. Hello Sakhi, an interactive Marathi serial on DD-10 Sahyadri gets a large number of calls from woman viewers.

DD-10 Sahyadri is a major revenue spinner for Prasar Bharati Mumbai and its programmes are getting substantial advertising support.

Channel penetration - percentage weekly cumulative reach in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra (source Tam India)

Sahyadri

Alpha

ETV

All homes

Mumbai

50.9

27.4

25

Maharashtra

73.7

20.6

23.5

C&S homes

Mumbai

42.2

35.8

32.6

Maharahstra

58.6

47.1

53.8

"In Mumbai, the average weekly time spent on DD-10 Sahyadri is 61 minutes as compared to 32 minutes (Zee Alpha) and 20 minutes (ETV Marathi). In rest of Maharashtra, the average weekly time spent on DD-10 Sahyadri is 181 minutes as compared to 16 minutes (Zee Alpha) and 12 minutes (ETV Marathi). In fact, the weekly audience shares for Sahyadri are 6 per cent in Mumbai and 21 per cent for Maharashtra," adds DD's Sharma.

Consider the following statistics:

All homes 4 years plus

Tam India 12-18 January 2003

Date

Day/Time

Programme

Ratings

18 Jan

Saturday

3:30 pm

Maaza Chakula

3.53

12 Jan

Sunday

4:00 pm

Ghanachakkar

3.07

12 Jan

Sunday 6:30 pm

Laurel and Hardy (Marathi)

2.56

12 Jan

Sunday 1:02 pm

Chhaya Geet

2.54

16 Jan

Thursday 4:30 pm

Damini

4.68

16 Jan

Thursday 5:00 pm

Gharkul

4.58

Tam India 12-18 January 2003

All India NCS 4 years plus

Date

Day/Time

Programme

Ratings

12 Jan

Sunday 

4 pm

Ghanachakkar

7.11

18 Jan

Saturday 3:30 pm

Maaza Chakula

6.96

12 Jan

Sunday 6:30 pm

Laurel and Hardy (Marathi)

6:01

12 Jan

Sunday 1:02 pm

Chhaya Geet

5.61

16 Jan

Thursday 4:30 pm

Damini

4.68

16 Jan

Thursday 5:00 pm

Gharkul

4.58

16 Jan

Thursday 7:14 pm

Dum Dama Dum

4.45

12 Jan

Sunday 7:00 pm

Batmya

4.35

Tam India 12-18 January 2003

" Programmes such as Sunday feature film, Saturday feature film and Laurel and Hardy (Marathi dubbed) contribute to a major chunk of the revenues," says Universal Communications Padmakar Nandekar who markets several programmes on DD.

The programmes marketed by Nandekar include the feature films on Saturday and Sunday and the dubbed Laurel Hardy show on Sunday.

"Cable operators in places such as Ahmednagar, Nasik, Nagpur don't offer the consumer much choice as they realise that the consumer will not pay the bouquet charges for receiving C&S offerings. Since DD-10 Sahyadri is free to air, they prefer to place it on the prime band," says Nandekar.

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