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I&B proposes Rs 14 bn for digitisation of DD & AIR
Quote:NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prepared a proposal for Rs 8 billion to All India Radio and Rs 6 billion to Doordarshan for completing digitisation which will be shortly placed before the Cabinet, according to a senior government official.

The Government is confident of meeting its deadline of complete digitisation of the electronic media by 2017, the I&B official adds.

The United States had set a deadline of 2009 but had not been able to complete digitisation while China has also set a deadline of 2017.

Doordarshan and AIR, which were beaming terrestrially to reach all over the country, had stepped up the process of digitisation.

Earlier, Doordarshan had set aside an amount of Rs 12.09 billion out of a total approved outlay of Rs 13.69 billion just for digitisation in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012).

The official says the work will involve digitisation of existing studios, establishment of digital transmitters, replacement and augmentation of old studio, transmitter and satellite broadcast equipment and setting up of High Definition TV (HDTV) facilities.

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