28 November, 2020

Broadcast Blues

Riddled with corruption, Doordarshan tries to reinvent itself

Broadcast Blues

with K.S. Narayanan What's in a name? Plenty, if you believe the top brass at Doordarshan (DD). A move is reportedly afoot to give Mandi House a new name,Doordarshan House,as the men whose offices the central Delhi landmark building houses take the existing name too literally. DD has for long functioned more like a mandi (marketplace) than a modern, satellite-era broadcaster. Will a change of name mean the end of the avarice and ineptitude of DD's corrupt officials?

Unlikely. The DD rot runs very deep, as proved by the huge haul,over Rs 1 crore,made by the cbi from Delhi Doordarshan Kendra station director M.B. Pahari's house last week. Admits writer Rajendra Yadav, a Prasar Bharati board member: 'Cleaning up the place won't be a cakewalk.'

Hence, the Prasar Bharati board, which is in charge of DD and Akashvani, has drawn up a plan to weed out corruption from DD's corridors.Besides an overhaul of the rules pertaining to the acquisition and commissioning of programmes, the board has decided to transfer ,suspect' officials from sensitive posts in DD's corporate set-up in...



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