06 December, 2020

Down A Prime-Time Abyss

The battle over Prasar Bharati could be called 'the DD comedy show', if it weren't so tragic

Down A Prime-Time Abyss

FOR months, all eyes have been transfixed on the information and broadcasting ministry's well-documented war to rid the Prasar Bharati board of 'undesirable' elements. The final battle is now being fought in court. A late Saturday night low blow—promulgation of the controversial ordinance reinstating the Prasar Bharati Act 1990 in its original form—has knocked the pugnacious S.S. Gill off his perch in Mandi House. It could be the end of the road for Gill, but the Great Doordarshan Drift which he failed to arrest is only getting worse.

The All India Radio director-general and ex-officio member of the board, O.P. Kejriwal, the interim CEO of Prasar Bharati, isn't ready to speak his mind yet. "Let me settle down first," he says. Time isn't on his side. The search is on for a new man to fill the vacancy I&B minister Sushma Swaraj's 'moral victory' over Gill has created. One name—Discovery Channel's chief operating officer Kiran Karnik—is being bandied about, but Swaraj dismisses it as "pure speculation". Says...



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