On Thursday the Government has cleared the digitalization scheme worth Rs 1, 5400-crore for state-owned broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio so as to meet the benchmark set by private operators.

The proposal of the 11th Plan scheme of Doordarshan and AIR for digitalization of transmitters, studio connectivity and network laid by the Ministry of Broadcasting has been proved by Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI).

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said, “This process of digitalization of both Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) will enable the most vulnerable section of our people in the remotest of the remote areas to receive higher quality of AIR and Doordarshan signals.”

Ms. Soni declared that in the 11th Plan, Rs 620 crore has been allotted for digitalization of DD and the rest of Rs 920 crore has been registered for AIR.

The program for DD will offer more channels along with high definition TV. While for AIR, the program will include the replacement of MW transmitters by digital transmitters, digitalization of studio/networking, installation of regional archives and up gradation of central archives, digitalization archiving facilities and news room automation.

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