“I quarrel so frightfully with all the secretaries and deputy secretaries”, rued Lionel Fielden, the first Controller of Broadcasting, as he started the operations of All India Radio on this very day, exactly 80 years ago. One wonders if matters have improved since then, despite an occasional non-hegemonic bureaucrat who pops up as a saviour. But it is not as if radio in India began on this day, because several enterprising Indians had actually started toying with the new instrument within just a few months of January 1922, when the British established the BBC. The early commercial ventures, however, floundered and the Crown had to take over the fledgling industry in April 1930 but the tempo picked a year later when Lord Reith, the first director general of BBC, sent Fielden over to Delhi.
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam, PB News Desk firstname.lastname@example.org and Alokesh Gupta, email@example.com