In yet another effort to reach out to the north eastern part of the country, state broadcaster Prasar Bharti brought 11 more state Doordarshan channels, including five channels of north-eastern states, on the satellite footprint of India through DD Free Dish.
It is for the first time that the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Uttarakhand have got their own DD channel on a satellite network through DD Free Dish, a statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.
“These state channels represent the regional aspirations of the local population. Providing a satellite network for these channels through DD Free Dish will not only increase visibility of these channels in the regions, but also give them an all-India presence. The increased accessibility to regional broadcast will help promote regional culture and give opportunities to local talent as well," the statement added.
Early last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched DD Arunprabha, a 24x7 Doordarshan satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh and laid the foundation stone of a permanent campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the first in north east India, in the state.