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Doordarshan hits golden milestone in broadcasting.

Byline: Sachin Kuray, Deputy Editor, International

Dubai: Doordarshan television has turned 50. The Indian national broadcaster that began operation on September 15, 1959 with a staff of 10 to 15 people and with a small transmitter has survived the burgeoning of private satellite channels in this digital age.

Being the sole entertainer in 1980s, serials like Hum Log Hum Log was a very popular Hindi soap which aired on DD National in 1984. The Indian public loved the show and the characters became legend and a very common topic of discussion.

Hum log was a story of an Indian middle class family and their daily life struggles.
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A new chapter in its broadcasting history was written when the television services were extended to Mumbai and Amritsar in 1972. By 1975, seven cities Seven Cities may refer to:
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 had television service, and now with the staff strength of 3,000 scattered all over the country, the state-run network has 1,400 ground-based transmitters with 46 studios producing programmes daily.

Speaking to Gulf News from Chennai, former Deputy Director General of Doordarshan, Sanapathi said: "It has been a humble beginning for the state broadcaster, but now it has blossomed to become one of the world's leading service provider with the total area covered of 93 per cent in India."

He added: "People still now tune in to watch Doordarshan for urban and rural-based programmes," he said.

Sanapathi, who joined Doordarshan in 1975, said one of the finest moments of his career came, when the national broadcaster beamed colour transmission in 1982.

"It was the year when India was the host for the Asian Games The Asian Games, also called the Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  in New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. ," he said.

Sanapathi said though Doordarshan is a state-controlled entity, some how it has managed to remain impartial towards all the political parties.

"Often people compare Doordarshan's views with those of the politicians holding power at the Centre. But frankly speaking, like other private news channels, it does, at times show government's apathy in a milder way."

However, Sanapathi said, the sad part of the institution is that it has not been able to recruit young programmers since 1991.

With the 2010 Commonwealth Games Commonwealth games, series of amateur athletic meets held among citizens of countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. Originated (1930) as the British Empire games, the series is held every four years and is patterned after the Olympic games; women have participated  scheduled to be held in New Delhi, the "Grand Old Lady" of India's television network is set to broadcast the event on its high-definition format.

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