Prasar Bharti to add more channels to its DTH platform

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Jalandhar, Jul 7 (UNI) Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer Baljit Singh Lalli today said the Direct To Home (DTH) service would soon be upgraded with nine more free to air channels.

With the addition of new channels, the number of channels on DTH platform would increased to 59 and eventually, DTH would made a 200 channel platform out of which some would be paid and others free to air, he said while talking to media persons here.

Mr Lalli said that Doordarshan's language channels play an important role in creating the feeling of ''Bhartiyata'' amongst its viewers, which promote local folk, life and traditions.

''People living in far off places and have no other entertainment options other than Doordarshan, which runs 11 language channels, and radio, are our listeners and viewers,''he said.

''As a public service broadcaster, this is the duty of both these organisations to inform, educate and entertain their subscribers with good substance,''he added.

Praising the Doordarshan Jalandhar for being the number one in running best Punjabi programmes in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Mr Lalli said that DD Punjabi competes and leads in all national language satellite channels.

He said that the Prasar Bharti would soon start reality shows on Punjabi folk to bring new talent forward. This programme would later be followed on other language channels also.

The CEO said that to commemorate the 300th Sathapana Divas of Guru Granth Sahib which is falling in October this year, Prasar Bharti would bring a seven episode series on Guru Maneo Granth.

To a query, he said to increase Jalandhar Doordarshan's range upto terrestrial areas of Punjab, setting up of a 30 KV DD tower in Amritsar was on priority. However, it has been delayed due to some technical problem which would soon be sorted out, he added.

Talking about Akashwani, Mr Lalli said that 49 news bulletins have been introduced on FM Rainbow channels in 19 places across the country including Punjab from July 6th and before July 31st the duration of news on FM Gold would also be increased for another hour. It would then be more than six hours, he added.

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