Prasar Bharati

Prasar Bharati is India's largest public broadcasting agency, headquarters in New Delhi, India. It is a statutory autonomous body set up by an Act of Parliament and comprises the Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio, which were earlier media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Parliament of India passed the Prasar Bharati Act to grant this autonomy in 1990, but it was not enacted until 15 September 1997.[1][2]

Prasar Bharati
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Agency overview
Formed23 November 1997
(23 years ago)
JurisdictionRepublic of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Agency executives
Child agencies

The Prasar Bharti board Chairperson's position remains vacant since Dr A. Surya Prakash demited office in February, 2020.[3] He had succeeded Dr Mrinal Pande.[4] Shashi Shekhar Vempati is the CEO of Prasar Bharati (he succeeded Jawhar Sircar who was the CEO until November 2016).[5]


The Prasar Bharati Act provides for the establishment of a Broadcasting Corporation, to be known as Prasar Bharati, and define its composition, functions, and powers.[6] The Act grants autonomy to All India Radio and to Doordarshan, both of which were previously under government control.[6] The Act received the assent of the President of India on 12 September 1990[1] after being unanimously passed by Parliament. It was finally implemented in November 1997. By the Prasar Bharati Act, all property, assets, debts, liabilities, payments of money due, as well as all suits and legal proceedings involving Akashvani (All India Radio) and Doordarshan were transferred to Prasar Bharati.


The Prasar Bharati Act vests the general superintendence, direction, and management of affairs of the Corporation in the Prasar Bharati Board which may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the Corporation.[6]

The Prasar Bharati Board consists of:

  • Chairman
  • One Executive Member
  • One Member (Finance)
  • One Member (Personnel)
  • Six Part-time Members
  • Director-General (Akashvani), ex officio
  • Director-General (Doordarshan), ex officio
  • One representative of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), to be nominated by that Ministry and
  • Two representatives of the employees , of whom one shall be elected by the engineering staff from amongst themselves and one shall be elected by the other employee from amongst themselves.

The President of India appoints the Chairman and the other Members, except the ex officio members, nominated member and the elected members. Board meetings must be held at least once in every three months each year. The actress Kajol has been named as part-time member for five years, until November 2021.[7]

Expansion plansEdit

Digitisation of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) is continuing apace, with some of Doordarshan Kendras and AIR Stations having already been digitised. All new establishments are digital and there are plans to modify the existing ones. New transmitters are being ordered and plans for the purchase of digital transmitters are being implemented in phases.

Prasar Bharati News Services isthea Digital wing of I e Prasar Bharati. It is a statutory autonomous body set up by an Act of Parliament. Mr. Sameer Kumar is the current Head of Prasar Bharati News Services [8][9]


Controversy over candidate selectionEdit

In 2010, as many as 24 candidates out of the 30 selected for the posts of journalists in Doordarshan News were alleged to have been appointed on the basis of political considerations.[10] For example, one of the successful candidates was closely related to a former Congress Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, another successful candidate was the daughter of a sitting Congress Union minister, and a third was a close relative of Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.[11][12]

The number of applicants called for interview was increased from 25 to 35 to accommodate the daughter of a Congress politician, who held the 33rd rank, and would have otherwise been eliminated at the cut-off stage. Another successful candidate, Anika Kalra Kalha, was not even called for an audition and reporting skills test, and the remark in the relevant columns read “Did not qualify for this stage”. Similarly, the weightage given to interviews was arbitrarily increased two days before they were held.[11]


  1. ^ a b "PRASAR BHARATI ACT, 1990". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
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  3. ^ "A Surya Prakash demits Prasar Bharati chairman's office after two terms". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  4. ^ "Prasar Bharati Board". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  5. ^ "CEO's Desk". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  6. ^ a b c "The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  7. ^ "Kajol Named Part-Time Member Of Prasar Bharti Board". Associated Press. July 15, 2016.
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  10. ^ Garg, Abhinav (14 September 2010). "CAT quashes DD selection of minister's kin". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b JEBARAJ, PRISCILLA (September 14, 2010). "Doordarshan appointments quashed". the Hindu. New Delhi. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Quashing of 25 Doordarshan employees' appointment stayed". Zee. March 7, 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2015.

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