As per a Gazette Notification, dated 24 October, 2003, it is mandatory
for the cable operators to carry DD News as a "must carry channel
on the prime non-terrestrial channels of their networks in addition
to DD-1 and DD (Regional) / DD-Bharati."
In view of the latest notification, all the cable operators have
to carry on the prime non terrestrial channel of their cable networks
DD-1 (National Channel), DD (News Channel), and one regional language
channel of the State/ Union Territory in which the cable operator
is located according to the schedule of the Gazette Notification
dated 13.9.2001. Alternatively DD-Bharati as per the Gazette Notification
This notification will come into force with effect from 3 November,
Meanwhile, a formal communication from the Election Commission
to the information and broadcasting ministry as also Prasar Bharati
CEO KS Sarma, even while giving the green signal to the relaunch
of the news channel, states, "The Commission expects that Prasar
Bharati will ensure neutrality, objectivity and fairness of the
public broadcasting/telecasting during this sensitive (election
period between November and December) period."
The letter further adds: "The Commission is also satified by the
assurance given that the inauguration of the channel will not be
done through any political person in view of the prevailing model
code of conduct."
The Commission in its letter has also mentioned that it was "concerned
about the possibilities of the news and related programmes of the
state-owned media being misused." Sarma yesterday assured the Commission
that the model code of conduct at election time "will be followed
in letter and spirit by DD."
Five states of India, including the Uniion Territory of Delhi,
go to polls between November and December.
PETITION CHALLENGING LAUNCH OF DD NEWS DISMISSED
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition filed by private
producers on the soon-to-be-snuffed out DD Metro entertainment channel
challenging the launch of DD News. The launch of DD News on 3 November
will coincide with the demise of DD Metro.
okays DD News relaunch in November