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Schemes to digitalise AIR, Doordarshan cleared
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The government has cleared schemes to digitalise Doordarshan and All India Radio, with investments of Rs. 1,540 crore over the next two years.

On Thursday, the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approved proposals of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding the 11th Plan scheme of Doordarshan and AIR for digitalisation of transmitters and studio connectivity.

“This process of digitalisation of both Doordarshan and Akashvani will enable the most vulnerable section of our people in the remotest of the remote areas to receive a higher quality signals,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, speaking to journalists after the Cabinet Committee's meeting.

The scheme would give people a wider choice of Doordarshan channels, and would also include high definition TV. So far as radio is concerned, digitalisation was urgently needed to help AIR combat the competitive challenges sure to arise after the FM III policy, when private radio stations would start covering towns with populations over one lakh, said Ms. Soni.

The 11th Plan earmarks Rs. 620 crore for the digitalisation of Doordarshan. It would involve 40 digital terrestrial transmitters (DTTs), networking of DTT through satellite, digitalisation of archiving facilities, a news room automation system and e-governance.

The AIR scheme involves replacement of MW transmitters with digital transmitters, digitalisation of studio/networking, a new proposal for regional archives and upgrade of Central Archives Digitalisation Archiving facilities and news room automation, and has a budget of Rs. 920 crore.

Source: The Hindu

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NEW DELHI: With the cabinet giving the green signal on the proposal for digitalisation of transmitters and studios in the Doordarshan network during the 11th Plan, Prasar Bharati has got a plan allocation of Rs 6.20 billion to begin work on 40 digital terrestrial transmitters and other equipment.

The approval by the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure covers the networking of DTT through satellite, augmentation of Digital Media centers (DMCs) by providing the following: equipment and facilities for maintaining the digital infrastructure; five sets of digital measurement equipment at zonal offices; 60 UPS at High Power Transmitters to ensure uninterrupted power supply, R&D and Training; digitalisation of 31 partially digitalised and 8 analogue studio centers; digitalisation of archiving facilities; and digitalisation of news automation system and e-governance and IT scheme.

The Cabinet is expected to shortly take up a similar proposal by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry seeking Rs 9.20 billion for All India Radio which is already digitising with the adoption of the DRM standard.

Earlier, Doordarshan had set aside an amount of Rs 12.09 billion of a total approved outlay of Rs 13.69 billion just for digitisation in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012).
DD is expected to take the first major step when it commences beaming in High Definition for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

During a cabinet briefing later, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said: "Digitalisation would enable the people in the remotest corner of the country to receive a higher quality of AIR and DD signals."

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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