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Govt. plans to launch more DD channels in NE

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting (MIB) is planning to
increase the number of Doordarshan
channels in the North East to capture
the region’s diverse cultures.
Officials told PTI that at present
there is only one 24×7 channel for
the region and a proposal is under
consideration to further have three
branches of the same.
As per the proposal, there can be
three 24×7 Doordarshan channels for
the North East namely, DD Arunprabha
for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim; one
for Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland;
and a third channel for Assam and
According a report tabled in
Parliament recently, the Standing
Committee on Information Technology
was informed by the MIB about the
proposal to fork out the existing
North East channel.
The Ministry also informed the
Committee that starting three
channels will be a software intensive
exercise as content will be required to
be customised as per requirement of a
particular state.
“A single state like Manipur has
several languages which are spoken
there. It is felt that there should be a
single channel for every state. But
launching a new channel also brings
with it questions related to
availability of manpower, viability,
content,” a senior official told PTI.
In its report, the Parliamentary panel
urged the government to accord top
priority to these projects and fix a
timeframe for their

Govt. plans to launch more DD channels in NE

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