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No proposal to expand DD's news broadcast to 100 countries: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There is no proposal under consideration of the Information and Ministry for expanding round-the-clock broadcast to around 100 countries, Parliament was informed today.

At present, there is no such proposal under consideration, of State for Information and Rajyavardhan Rathore said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

The said Doordarshan India/Doordarshan was available in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, (partly), Ukraine, Armenia, Bahrain, Iran, and (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, programming was focused on issues of public interest like health, education, empowerment and social justice.

Thus 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 said.

He said it was constant endeavour of Doordarshan to modernise its infrastructure and improve the quality of programmes.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 17:30 IST