Related Topics: Information & Broadcasting, Prasar Bharati
Doordarshan turned 60 on September 15, 2019, bringing back memories of a golden period when entertainment in the country revolved around serials such as Mahabharata, Fauji and Malgudi Days.
- Doordarshan is an autonomous public service broadcaster founded by the Government of India, which is one of two divisions of Prasar Bharati.
- It is one of India’s largest broadcasting organisations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure, having been established on 15 September 1959.
- It also broadcasts on digital terrestrial transmitters.
- DD provides television, online and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional India, as well as overseas, through the satellite network.
- Doordarshan began as an experiment on September 15, 1959.
- It became a service in 1965, when it began beaming signals to reach television sets in living rooms in and around the national capital.
- By 1972, services were extended to Mumbai and Amritsar and then to seven other cities by 1975.
- All this time, it was part of the national broadcaster, All India Radio.
- On April 1, 1976, it transited to become a separate department in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
- Over the years, Doordarshan has grown into a network operating 34 satellite channels, besides providing free-to-air DTH service.
[Source: The Hindu, ddnews.gov]