Prasar Bharati restructuring likely in October

Prasar Bharati restructuring likely in October


New Delhi: The loss-making public broadcasting corporation Prasar Bharati may see major restructuring after a group of ministers meets early next month to take stock of its functioning.

“The corporation is performing in the largest public service obligation in the face of challenges from the commercial television channels," P R Dasmunsi, Information and Broadcasting minister said adding a GoM will look into the issue concerning the broadcaster in the first week of October.

Rejecting suggestions that Doordarshan and All India Radio run by the Prasar Bharati mainly serve the ruling party’s interests, Dasmunsi said facts were quite the opposite as “it were the non-UPA chief ministers who got the highest priority" in their respective regional DD Kendras.

The minister also claimed that Doordarshan still commands the respect of the masses because, unlike many private channels, Doordarshan does not have to “spice up, or sensationalize" the news to sell it.

“I was very happy to learn when Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterji told me he watches only DD News, because it give pure news and nothing else, and does not like to see any other news channel," Dasmunsi said.