A regional language satellite channel was launched on 15 August 1991, which became 24 hrs channel on 1 January 2000. This came to be later on christened as “Chandana”, which true to its name has been the true cultural ambassador of the State. It is the Kannada language satellite channel supported by Doordarshan studios in Bangalore and Gulbarga. It has entertainment serials, infotainment programmes, news & current affairs, social programmes and film programmes as its major content. In terrestrial mode, DD Chandana is available to 81.7% of the population of Karnataka. Today Doordarshan Bangalore covers an area of 76.2 % and population of 82.4%.
DD Chandana has also telecasted programmes on promotion of fire safety at home work place, industry and at community level. Some of the past programs were: Agni Sanchike weekly T.V. serial programme and Fire Warden Organization, to provide an opportunity to volunteers to join hands with the Fire Services in improving fire safety awareness and quick reaction habits in the community. Chandana channel also telecasted 20 commissioned programs, documentaries and software such as drama, telefilms and serials during the year 2004.
DD Chandana (ಡಿಡಿ ಚಂದನ) is a Kannada channel owned and operated by Prasar Bharathi under Doordarshan; supported by Doordarshan studios in Bangalore and Gulbarga. Launched in 1994 DD Chandana has entertainment serials, infotainment programmes, news and current affairs, social programmes and film programmes as its major content. In terrestrial mode, DD Chandana is available to 81.7% of the population of Karnataka.
Chandana in Kannada means sandalwood.
Downlink parameters of DD Chandana on DD Direct Plus DTH on INSAT-4B at 93.5º East.
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