Arunachal needs more DD coverage: DG

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh with its rich cultural heritage and diversity needs more attention from the national channel, Doordarshan Director General Tripurari Sharan has said. The DG, who is on a two-day visit to the state, said that the problems being faced by Itanagar Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), like low coverage and manpower shortage, would be soon redressed.

"I have been apprised of several problems facing DDK Itanagar. I assure that all these will be addressed sooner than later," he said during a festival at Doimukh yesterday, official sources said today.

Sharan said that the newly appointed CEO of Prasar Bharti was aware of the manpower shortage in DDKs of the North East. He said the issue would be resolved within this year. "I assure that manpower shortage will be resolved. And not only that, we will ensure that more local people are recruited so that they can work here as at times people from the mainland are reluctant to come to the North East", he said.

The DG also expressed concern that most of the Low Power Transmitters (LPT) had become defunct due to lack of professionals to man them. Pointing that LPTs are the only link with the outside world in remote and border areas, he said those would be made functional very soon. The DG said that while in rest of the country, the set-up of Doordarshan broadcast was D9, in the North East it still follows a lower set-up.

Speaking about the plan to upgrade to HD technology, a set-up higher than D9, he assured that DDKs in Arunachal and rest of the North Eastern states would be straightaway upgraded to HD technology without going through the intermediary stage.

On a request to acquire an Outdoor Broadcasting (OB) Van for live telecast of programmes and events, he said Doordarshan would bring up the proposal for the North Eastern states in the 12th Five Year Plan. Meanwhile, he said DSNG vans, which cost less than OB vans, can be acquired for limited live telecasts, the sources said.