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Govt to revamp DD, AIR: Javadekar

Govt to revamp DD, AIR: Javadekar
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Javadekar: Government to Revamp Doordarhsan, All India Radio, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government was going to revamp state-owned TV broadcaster Doordarhsan (DD) and radio broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) to bring back their lost glory.

New Delhi: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government was going to revamp state-owned TV broadcaster Doordarhsan (DD) and radio broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) to bring back their lost glory.

Javadekar: Government to Revamp Doordarhsan, All India Radio

Javadekar already discussed the same with Prasar Bharati officials. "We want to make DD competitive in the current scenario and add fantastic content."The report added that Javadekar said he would not listen to cable operators' complaints until Doordarshan was aired in the primary band.

Javadekar wanted to allow private news broadcasts on FM radio channels apart from AIR news broadcasts." Javadekar said the radio industry could 'hope for some good news' during the third phase of FM expansion in the country. 'There is no reason why only All India Radio news broadcasts should be carried on FM channels,' he said at a press conference.

Apart from allowing private news broadcasts in FM expansion, the government is also mulling over allowing 100 per cent FDI in the news media. Currently, FDI is allowed up to 26 per cent in news media while up to 100 per cent in general entertainment channels (GECs).One of the concerns over allowing 100 per cent FDI in new media is paid news, which could increase if private players are allowed to broadcast news.

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