AIR is the largest news-gathering and disseminating apparatus in the world: Fayyaz

Shillong, November 11: A seminar on the Occasion of Public Service Broadcasting Day and Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Prasar Bharati was held today at the State Convention Centre, Shillong. The seminar was organised by All India Radio, Shillong.

Director General All India Radio Fayyaz Sheheryar addressing on the occasion stated that All India Radio is the inheritor of a great legacy and congratulated Prasar Bharati on celebrating its 20th anniversary.

AIR is the largest news-gathering and disseminating apparatus in the world. Its sheer enormity of its output is mind-boggling. A modern and vibrant democracy needs an informed citizenry capable of knowing the various options available in which people could debate and act upon, he said.

The DG further said that AIR news bulletin, current affair programmes and other genres of programmes broadcast both in general and special audience segments have been strengthening the country’s democratic fabric. AIR in keeping with modern trends in the broadcasters of repute is serving its effective tools of radio plus, the social media platform which has an amazing following and a quick public response speciality that attracts Indians, Indians abroad and non-Indians with a deep interest in Indian affairs.

The Director-General stated that All India Radio will soon have its services on Amazon’s Eco Dot in the next three to six months time. He added that All India Radio is working to provide Virtual Private Network which will provide seamless broadcasting service to any part of the country.

He added that websites of AIR are developed which will have all the stations across the country incorporated. Mobile app of All India Radio is being developed to utilize the existing platforms with over 20 live streaming channels. AIR is also looking forward to introducing HD radio in the coming day, the DG added.

In the seminar, Impact of potentialities of oral media wedded to the cause of service in tribal and remote areas; Hybrid radio for topographically lopsided terrains and Civil disturbance and war reporting vis-a-vis radio news were deliberated by the resource persons.

Among the resource, persons include Dr Desmond L Kharmawphlang, Professor and Head, Cultural and Creative Studies, NEHU; Dr Lalthansangi Associate Professor, Dept. Of Education, Govt. Aizawl College; KV Ramachandran, DDG (E), AIR, Kohima; Amit Baruah, Resident Editor, The Hindu and Padma Shri awardee and Columnist Patricia Mukhim.




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