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Prasar Bharati

Prasar Bharati

The Prasar Bharati is an autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act of 1997. The company runs the numerous channels of Doordarshan, the public service broadcaster of the country as well DD News, the news channel. Though autonomous in nature, the Company comes directly under the regulation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The website of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India clearly states that - “the Ministry overviews matters relating to All India Radio and Doordarshan through the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India Act),1990 which includes regulation of the use of All India Radio and Doordarshan by recognised national and regional political parties during elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies” – a not-so-veiled admission that the autonomy is just there in letter, not in spirit.

The Prasar Bharati came into existence under an Act enacted by the Vishwanath Pratap Singh-led United Front government in 1990, to decouple the two state broadcasters – Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) from the influence of the government of the day. Those were the heady days of “independence of media” – as for the first time since freedom from the British, the state broadcasters would have been in no obligation to toe the government line. And finally, the people of the country can have access to news and views unmoderated by the government of the day. But soon came private satellite news television, beaming news from everywhere in the country – unmoderated, free and completely independent. Soon the “independence” of Doordarshan and AIR was not relevant anymore. And so, though Prasar Bharati stayed on as an autonomous body, the control, in spirit, quietly slipped back to the government. Today, it is widely perceived that DD News, from Prasar Bharati, is the balancing factor for propagating government views, in the face of onslaught of private news broadcasters who would not leave an opportunity to criticize the government.


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State owned

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Radio and Television Broadcasting;


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DD News (Missing Data)

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All India Radio

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Prasar Bharati

is the Public Service Broadcaster of the country that broadcasts the news channel Doordarshan News or DD News. It is an autonomous body established under Prasar Bharati Act and came into existence in 1997. It is the largest public broadcasting agency comprising of Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio, which earlier were operated through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.


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Prasar Bharati Secretariat

Prasar Bharati House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi – 110001

Tel.: +91(0)11-23118400

Fax: +91(0)11-23352564



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INR 514.92 Million / USD 7.74 Million

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Executive Board

A. Surya Prakash

Chairman of Prasar Bharati, Member of the Executive Council of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Board of Governors of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Member on Advisory Council of Vivekananda International Foundation and Director of India Foundation

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ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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The information is collected from the Prasar Bharati website, the DD News website and the Prasar Bharati annual report. The financial information of the company takes into account the foreign exchange rate i.e, INR 65.22 per USD prevalent in March 2018. More information, and confirmation of the data collected, were sought from Prasar Bharati via email on 1 May and a courier on 2 May 2019. A response is awaited.

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