Prasar Bharti clears air, rubbishes AIR stations closure rumour

Prasar Bharti has further stated that no AIR station is being downgraded or converted anywhere in any state or union territory

Staff Writer
First Published13 Jan 2021, 01:06 PM IST
Prasar Bharti building at Mandi House, New Delhi. The post of Rajya Sabha TV’s editor-in-chief has been vacant since August 2017 when Gurdeep Singh Sappal stepped down from the position. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Prasar Bharti building at Mandi House, New Delhi. The post of Rajya Sabha TV’s editor-in-chief has been vacant since August 2017 when Gurdeep Singh Sappal stepped down from the position. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Prasar Bharati has today clarified that no AIR station is being closed anywhere in any state. Taking a serious note of the false reporting and fake news claiming closure of AIR stations by various media outlets across India, Prasar Bharati has made it clear that these reports are baseless and factually incorrect.

Prasar Bharati has further stated that no AIR station is being downgraded or converted anywhere in any state or union territory. Also, all AIR stations will continue to originate local programming in line with linguistic, socio-cultural and demographic diversity furthering the mission of AIR to nurture local talent.

Prasar Bharati has further announced that it is moving ahead with its plans to strengthen the Akashvani, All India Radio, AIR Network with several key projects ready for implementation during 2021-2022, expanding its network with more than hundred new FM radio transmitters across India.

The AIR Network comprising of few hundreds of stations and several hundreds of radio transmitters is one of the world’s largest public service broadcasting networks that operates in multiple modes – Terrestrial analog radio (FM, MW, SW), Satellite DTH Radio (DD Free Dish DTH), Internet Radio (NewsOnAir App on iOS/Android).

With 48 Satellite Radio channels available on DD FreeDish DTH Service, local and regional voices on radio stations from across India now have a nation-wide platform to make themselves heard.

Furthermore, around 200 live radio streams on the NewsOnAir App, Prasar Bharati have given “Vocal for Local” a new global meaning with more than 2.5 million users accessing these 200+ live radio streams from different countries across the world with over 300 million views during 2020.

Prasar Bharati is also moving ahead with its plans to introduce Digital Terrestrial Radio in India. Select AIR channels are already available through Digital DRM technology to the listeners in many cities/regions on an experimental basis. Listeners in these cities/regions can experience the power of Digital Radio through a choice of multiple radio channels available on a single radio frequency in digital mode. Specialised Digital Radio Services of Akashvani available on DRM transmitters include AIR News 24x7 dedicated to news and current affairs, AIR Raagam 24x7 dedicated to classical music apart from local/regional radio services and Live Sports.

Prasar Bharati is also in an advanced stage of testing Digital Technology options for FM Radio and a standard for the same will be finalised soon to herald the rollout of Digital FM Radio in India.

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First Published:13 Jan 2021, 01:06 PM IST
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