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Friday, August 12, 2016

Prasar Bharati decides not to close AIR’s regional bulletins in 7 cities

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided not to discontinue All India Radio’s regional bulletins in Dharwad, Pune, Indore, Trichy and some other cities.New Delhi/ Thiruvananthapuram: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided not to discontinue All India Radio’s (AIR) regional bulletins in Dharwad, Pune, Indore, Trichy and some other cities.Prasar Bharati chairperson A. Suryaprakash is learnt to have directed officials in the news service division (NSD) of the AIR to continue the bulletins after reports suggested that the regional news units in some of the centres were being closed.

According to an advisory issued by DG (news) AIR Sitanshu Kar, regional news units at Indore, Pune, Dibrugarh, Bhuj, Dharwad, Trichy and Kozhikhode would continue with their normal services like bulletins, headlines and programmes as usual.The advisory also said that correspondents at Allahabad, Pauri, Jalandhar, Patiala, Coimbatore and Kochi will also continue to perform their duties from these locations till personal orders. These were as per the Prasar Bharati chairperson’s directions, the advisory added.There were reports that the decades old news services in some of these towns were being discontinue by the I&B ministry causing anguish among many of the listeners.

When contacted, Suryaprakash confirmed that the services would continue and said that to ensure this he would seek I&B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu’s “intervention” in this regard.Earlier, there were reports that the five decade-old news division of All India Radio’s Kozhikode station, whose local flavoured news bulletins are immensely popular among radio buffs in northern Kerala, was being discontinued.

Similar reports had emanated from other towns as well.


Forwarded By: Jainender Nigam,PB NewsDesk ,prasarbharati.newsdesk@gmail.com

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