- 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)...