New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch DD Arunprabha, a 24x7 Doordarshan satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh and lay the foundation stone of a permanent campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in the state on Saturday.

DD Arunprabha, the 24th satellite channel operated by the public service broadcaster, will be equipped with all necessary facilities, including a digital satellite news gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for 24x7 telecast, a statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.

The channel will focus on the rich tradition and diversity of local culture in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Not only will it help integrate north-east with the country, it will also bring alive the magnificence of the region by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the local population including news, travelogues, mythological shows, documentaries, magazines, tele-films, reality shows, daily shows etc," the statement added.

The new FTII campus will be the institution’s third, the first two being FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata. It is the first Film and Television Institute of the north east region.

The project, to be constructed around 20 km from capital city Itanagar, has been approved for construction at a total estimated cost of 204.32 crore. To be executed by CPWD (Central Public Works Department), it is expected to be completed in 25 months, the statement said.

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