The Prasar Bharati board today approved further expansion of Direct to Home (DTH) platform of Doordarshan, so as to reach 150 channels by December.
In addition, the Board also approved the expansion of another 100 channels in 2012.
Official sources said this would be a substantial increase from the Doordarshan’s present strength of 59 DTH channels.
In the meeting, doors were also opened for the expansion of the All India Radio (AIR)’s FM network.
In a press release, the Board said it has approved immediate expansion of All India Radio FM Stations to all 313 cities planned for coverage under the FM expansion scheme of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry.
“The board approved a token allocation of Rs 300 crores as bridge finance for undertaking this work to be recouped from the Government once the scheme of expansion of FM coverage by All India Radio is approved and adopted in the 12th Five Year Plan,” a Prasar Bharati press release said.
The board approved the creation of 2183 new vacancies for office and management in the All India Radio network. Officials said that while AIR network had been expanding, hiring for important work positions was being done only on an ad hoc basis.
A similar scheme for Doordarshan has also been sought and is expected to be approved before the end of September, 2011, officials claimed.
Other issues discussed in the Board meeting included strengthening of Finance Wing of Prasar Bharati.
The Board approved nine posts at the level of General Manager and Manager, exclusively for strengthening Finance, Budget and Accounting Wings of Prasar Bharati.
Officials claimed that the Board also noted the result of the latest auction of the six vacant slots on the DTH platform at the prices ranging from 3.21 crores to 3.5 crores per year.
It was decided to consider adoption of the e-auction model for programming of slots on Doordarshan as well.