DD India licence renewal uncertain?

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

Doordarshan India
Doordarshan India

India’s state broadcaster, DD India is reportedly facing a difficult time with speculation that there is uncertainty surrounding the renewal process of its licence.

Reports say that the channel could be forced off-air on 1st September following the expiry of its satellite licence.

Furthermore, IndiaToday.in quoted a letter from the office of the Additional Director General of Doordarshan that stated that with effect from 31st August, DD India would not be available in Hot Bird 13 platform as Deutsche Welle will not be renewing its agreement with Hot Bird.

However, CK Jain, Deputy Director General, Doordarshan India, refuted all reports that the channel was going of air. He said, ��ω��Firstly, I�۪d like to make it clear that contrary to some reports, the licence expires on September 30 and not August 31. Deutsche Welle is not having the bandwidth to carry the channel. So, perhaps the channel may not be available on the Hot Bird 13 satellite. However, we are in the process of renewal of the contract and exploring other options too. One thing certain though is that DD India is not going off air.�۝

DD India has been broadcasting since 1995.

Extracts from BestMediaInfo