The minister said Doordarshan India/Doordarshan News was available in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (partly), Ukraine, Armenia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq and Turkey (partly).
To a query on steps taken by the government to popularise Doordarshan in the country and compete with private channels, Rathore said that as the public service broadcaster, Doordarshans programming was focused on issues of public interest like health, education, empowerment and social justice.
Thus Doordarshans programmes cannot be compared with private channels as both are totally different in their objectives and programming formats. However, Doordarshan is striving to provide impactful and compelling programmes to become the preferred channel of people, the minister said.
He said it was constant endeavour of Doordarshan to modernise its infrastructure and improve the quality of programmes.
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