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DDK Srinagar on last legs, no new programmes made at station
Kendra telecasting programmes of previous millennium
8/18/2017 10:26:55 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Aug 18: The Srinagar station of Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) seems to be on last legs and the time is not far off when the DDK Srinagar station would be shut once for all. Matters have been made worse due to the ever mounting liabilities.
Over the past many months no new programme has been produced at the station and the higher ups of the station seem to be least bothered about the same. Nowadays DDK Srinagar is telecasting programmes that have been made couple of decades back.
Early Times has learnt from sources that only current affairs programme are being made at DDK Srinagar with no fresh production of other programmes including dramas being made. In addition to this some of the sponsored programmes of the different departments are being beamed by the station these days.
"Sponsored programmes of Department of Information, University of Kashmir and Department of Rural Development are being beamed by DDK Srinagar these days. In addition to this only the current affairs programme are fresh as far as Srinagar station of Doordarshan is concerned. Not to forget news bulletins are also real and they are not old ones," said sources. Sources said that the station owes crores of rupees to the private producers who had made programmes for DDK Srinagar over the past so many years. Due to the ever mounting liabilities no new assignments have been taken up by the station. This has impacted the overall quality of the programmes being beamed from the station these days.
"Programmes that have been made in the last millennium or in the early years of the present millennium are being beamed by the DDK Srinagar these days. Since the programmes have been repeated many a times the quality of the same has deteriorated. It is due to this that at times nothing is visible or audible on the television sets," said Abdul Hamid, a resident of Srinagar.
Like Hamid there are many other people who opine that the DDK Srinagar would die its own death very soon. They say with nothing new to offer the Prasar Bharti Broadcasting Corporation of India (PBBCI) may in the near future order for the permanent closure of DDK Srinagar.
"If the PBBCI is serious in reviving the DDK Srinagar then it should take immediate measures for the same. It should make the payments to the producers so that the liabilities are cleared. If that does not happen then the day is not far off when DDK Srinagar would be a thing of the past. The station would be locked by concerned authorities and then only blame game would follow," said a group of residents.
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