After running readymade programmes acquired from various producers since it commenced four years earlier, Doordarshan’s DD Urdu is now ready to have commissioned shows, Parliament was informed on Monday.
The pubcaster has already placed an advertisement in the newspapers and on its website for commissioning the programmes from established production houses.
DD Sources told us that apart from some programmes which were fixed fixtures on the channel, there was no upper limit on the number of programmes to be commissioned.
These programmes will be in all categories except news, the sources confirmed.
The channel, launched on 15 August 2006, is transmitted in digital mode both in C-Band and Ku-Band (DTH), Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua said.
The channel is telecast on INSAT 4A Satellite and has also been brought on the Digital Video Broadcast – Hand-held (DVB-H) mode.
It has also been included for mandatory carriage by all cable operators and multi-satellite operators in all states and union territories.
The channel has allotted a daily slot to the Maulana Azad National Urdu University for the telecast of informative and educational programmes produced by its Media Research Institute after a five-year MoU that continues till 2012.
DD Urdu presently telecasts a fresh band from 5 pm to 11 pm which is then repeated.
The channel has been riddled by a number of controversies. Initially, it had been found that blank tapes had been submitted by producers who had failed to complete the shooting of their 13-episode series when the channel was first launched. Later, there were complaints of lack of trained staff.