All India Radio to Convert 4 Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Stations to Relay Stations | Chennai News

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SALEM: India’s largest public broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR), has decided to convert four “main channel stations” from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to “relay stations” from October 3, raising concerns over their possible closure. From now on, these five stations will relay programs produced mainly by the Chennai AIR station and could lose their local flavor. According to a letter sent to the Additional Director General (ADG-content operations) by Saradha Jambunathan, Program Manager, AIR, Chennai, a meeting was held in Chennai on September 3 to establish a common fixed-point graph (FPC) for six primary channel stations from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Tirunelveli districts in TN and Puducherry stations. All of these primary channel stations will have a uniform transmission hours model, and regional and central language news bulletins will be merged into a single extended news bulletin for both morning and evening transmission, depending on the letter.
The letter also states that interactive filmic pieces will be incorporated to increase revenue, that relaying of English news bulletins will be streamlined to meet local requirements, and that stations may have windows for local morning and evening variations. . “Local relay stations such as Nallampalli in Dharmapuri district and Yercaud in Salem district, Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district and Karaikal in Pondicherry will have the possibility to join the state network according to their needs”, indicates the letter.
T Suriya Prabu, a radio fan from Salem district, said Prasar Bharati may have taken the first step to liquidate his radio stations in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by ending their independent activities in the main districts. “The employees of these main channel stations could soon be made redundant on the grounds of zero income,” he said.
According to an AIR employee, major radio stations had the autonomy to generate local programs on all issues, including agriculture. They also inform listeners about local events and make important announcements. These programs have a local flavor and are produced in regional dialect, Suriya Prabu said. “It will be missing if the programs are relayed from Chennai,” he said.
Referring to a letter released by the North Area ADG Shashi Kant on December 12, 2020, Prabu said that Prasar Bharati had taken similar measures in this area, which included Assam, but canceled it after the protests. inhabitants. “Instead of converting them to relay stations, Prasar Bharati could convert them to FM stations to generate better income,” he said.


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