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Doordarshan misses Games bus

India's national broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) may have dedicated four channels to the Commonwealth Games 2010 but people have been able to watch sporting events only on two channels.

delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2010 01:32 IST
Chetan Chauhan

India's national broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) may have dedicated four channels to the Commonwealth Games 2010 but people have been able to watch sporting events only on two channels.

The other two are available neither on the cable television network nor on Direct To Home (DTH) services.

While DD National and DD Sports channels are dedicated to cover participation of the Indian contingent in the Games, DD Urdu and DD Bharati are to telecast major sporting events, irrespective of the countries participating in them.

As per law, cable and DTH operators are required to show two DD channels on the prime band, otherwise their broadcast can be debarred under the Cable Television (Regulation) Act.

Therefore, service providers are showing only DD National and DD Sports channels, which are telecasting the same footage. "We are under no obligation to show all the DD channels," said a multi-service operator in the Capital, on condition of anonymity. That is the reason why DD Bharati and DD Urdu are not available on your television sets.

Moreover, DD failed to inform operators beforehand about the channels on which Games events would be shown.

One game that has totally gone missing from DD's coverage is Rugby. "We have tried to cover all sports," said a DD official, giving the example of Net Ball and Lawns Ball, in which India had participated. "As India has such a huge contingent, it is not possible to show sports in which we (India) have not performed well," the official added.