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All India Radio

For a country as vast and diverse like India, All India Radio or AIR occupies a unique position as the country’s official and only radio news provider. FM radio stations are not allowed, by law, to broadcast news although they can use the AIR news feeds as a part of their broadcast.

All India Radio is a public broadcasting service comprises of a network of 470 broadcasting center located all across the country and covers 92% of country’s area and 99.19% of the total population. All India Radio originates programming in 23 language and 179 dialects. Making All India Radio one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world in terms of the number of languages, social-economic and cultural diversity.


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Prasar Bharati


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All India Radio is the official and only radio news broadcaster in India, owned by Prasar Bharati. Prasar Bharti is a public service broadcaster of the country comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting functions are broadly divided into three divisions. The information division of the ministry provides policies and activities of the Government of India through media, print, and digital media. The broadcasting division of the ministry supervises the operation of Prasar Bharti and regulates the content of private channels. The film division of the ministry looks into the certification of the films.

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Indian State Broadcasting Service

Radio in India, or All India Radio, has mixed origins in history. The Radio Club of Bombay is known to have made the first ever broadcast in 1923. The Calcutta Radio Club was launched a few months later. In 1924, broadcasting service was inaugurated by Madras Presidency Radio Club followed by the launch of Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) in 1927. The IBC went into liquidation three years later, in 1930. The same year, the Indian State Broadcasting Service under Department of Industries and Labor began as an experiment. In 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio.

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Shashi Shekhar Vempati

is the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, the public service broadcaster that owns and operates Doordarshan News or DD News. A B Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology -Bombay (IIT-B), Vempati has been a Prasar Bharati Board member prior to his current role. Earlier in his career, he was the Product Strategist and Digital Innovator with Indian IT major Infosys for sixteen years. He has also served as the CEO of news media platform, which he joined in 2013. He was a key player in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 general election campaign called “Mission 272 +”. He was awarded the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award on behalf of Narendra Modi’s Digital Campaign in 2014 General Elections.

Vempati is also an author and has written books on politics, public policy and technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Broadcast-Broadband Convergence. He is also an owner of patents in real time event management within wireless sensors networks.

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A. Surya Prakash

is the Chairman of Prasar Bharati. In a career spanning 47 years, he has held key positions in many media houses and television channels including being the Editor at Zee News, Executive Editor at the Pioneer newspaper, India Editor of Asia Times, Political Editor of Eenadu Group of newspapers, and Chief of Bureau of The Indian New Delhi In addition, Surya Prakash is a Member of the Executive Council of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Board of Governors, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and a member of the Advisory Council of Vivekananda International Foundation, among others. He is also an author with several titles to his credit, including “What Ails Indian Parliament” (1995), “Parliament – Public Money, Private Agenda – The Use and Misuse of MPLADS” (2013), and “The Emergency – Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour”.

Surya Prakash is a much awarded professional as well. He has been awarded the Sardar Patel Fellowship from the Institute of Policy Studies, Chennai, the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award from the Government of Karnataka, and the Bipin Chandra Sanman for Fearless Journalism.


Prasar Bharati,

Prasar Bharati Secretariat,

Prasar Bharati House,

Copernicus Marg

New Delhi-110001

Tel.: 011-23097614



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