19 October, 2020

Uniform Code Marches On The Air Waves

No recruitment or promotions for 20 years, Prasar Bharati brings in defence officers to do its work

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Uniform Code Marches On The Air Waves
  • Empty chairs: When Prasar Bharati was given charge of DD and AIR in 1997, it inherited 48,000 employees. Today, there are some 14,000 vacancies in DD and AIR.
  • Brakes on: No promotion and recruitment of programming staff in the last 20 years. Redundance runs: some 15,000 employees maintaining mostly non-functional towers.
  • Control & checks?: Five officers from the armed forces in DD and AIR. Much unease over former defence officers having a say in programming and supervising programmers.


If you are tired of barking orders at jawans and would like to command the nation’s ears instead, the government has a job for you. In a 1.3 billion-strong nation, with thousands of trained, experienced journalists looking for jobs and many more civilian government officials, the Prasar Bharati, the state-owned media corporation, has curiously opted to bring in  channel heads and other bosses for Doordarshan (DD)...



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