Is Doordarshan Broadcasting Ramayana From A DVD? Why So Many Ads During Ramayana?

Is Doordarshan Broadcasting Ramayana From A DVD? Why So Many Ads During Ramayana?
Is Doordarshan Broadcasting Ramayana From A DVD? Why So Many Ads During Ramayana?

With old classics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shaktimaan, Byomkesh Bakshi among others being broadcasted on Doordarshan, it has now become the most-watched channel. Ramayana, has also gained huge viewership in the first week of April, amidst the 21-day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus.

A user took to Twitter though pointed out and claimed that Doordarshan was streaming ‘Ramayan’ through a Moser Baer DVD. Is this true?

Read to find out more…

Ramayana Streaming Through a DVD?

The government earlier this month announced that it would rerun Ramanand Sagar’s popular TV series Ramayan on DD National at 9 am and 9 pm every day. As per reports from Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) on April 9, DD became the highest watched channel in India for the week that ended on April 3.

A user accused Doordarshan of  streaming ‘Ramayan’ through a Moser Baer DVD. Responding to the tweet, CEO Prasar Bharati, Shashi Shekhar wrote, “This does not seem to be from Doordarshan please re-check your source.”

Excess Advertisements?

Another user pointed out the excess of advertisements on the channel and wrote, “I am observing an increase in advertisement day by day. May be repeat of same ads can be avoided to fix the timing and avoid trimming content. I understand ads are paid content but it has to be balanced.” 

Shekhar responded saying, “Feedback noted. However, I would request everyone’s patience with the advertisements. Brands reaching out to a large audience spurs consumption and economic activity at this critical juncture. Also every rupee of commercial revenue to DD is a rupee of taxpayer money saved.”

Some More Good News From Doordarshan?

The old shows being broadcast on DD has brought back the nostalgia for many families across the nation when TV viewing was about community. The times when people used to gather at the only house in the community who owned a TV set.

In a statement, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said Doordarshan will be retelecasting 5 shows – ‘Chanakya’, ‘Upanishad Ganga’,  ‘Shaktimaan’, ‘Shriman Shrimati’ and ‘Krishna Kali’.

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