Tag Archives: Doordarshan

How come media did not spot Satyam fraud?

A requiem for Indian business journalism, in the delightfully breathless style of Juan Antonio Giner, founder-director, Innovation International Media: ‘Satyam’, meaning truth. India’s fourth largest software services provider. The darling of Hyderabad. An outsourcing company with 53,000 employees that serviced 185 of the Fortune 500 companies in 66 countries. A company which now says 50.4…

When the blind told the world what it was up to

*** Chandana, the Kannada television channel of India’s State-owned national broadcaster, Doordarshan, created history of sorts by getting three visually challenged persons to anchor news bulletins through the day on Sunday, 4 January 2009. The heart-warming move was made to mark the bi-centenary of Louis Braille, the man who invented the script for the blind,…

Behind a very successful face there is a woman

Prannoy Roy‘s NDTV (New Delhi Television) turned 20 years old yesterday, and the channel’s best known face used the occasion to pay a rich and heart-warming tribute to its least known one: co-founder and life partner, Radhika Roy, with a clip from The World This Week, which made its debut as a half-hour show on…

A baritone falls silent watching the cacophony

“Sans Serif” records with regret the demise of Tejeshwar Singh, an iconic voice of the State-owned “Doordarshan” channel in its pre-satellite heyday. Indo-Asian News Service reports that Singh suffered a heart attack while watching television in his Mussoorie home on Friday night. He was in his early 60s. Singh, a theatre actor, eventually went on…

India’s first television news reader passes away

Doordarshan, the State-owned television channel in India, is reporting the death of Pratima Puri, the channel’s first news reader, when it went on air in 1959. Born Vidya Rawat, Puri belonged to a Gorkha family settled at Laal Paani in Simla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, according to a report in The Tribune earlier this…