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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.

About Doordarshan

  • 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,]


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