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National broadcasting day - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
National broadcasting day


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July 23rd, is being celebrated as National Broadcasting day.

Key data’s:

  • On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company.
  • On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Since 1927, radio has been an important part in people’s life in India.
  • All India Radio has been serving to inform, educate and entertain the masses since its inception, truly living up to its motto – Bahujan Hitaya Bahujan Sukhaya. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen radio for communication with the public every month through “Maan Ki Bhaat”, because of his belief that radio is the only tool that has become a medium of entertainment along with news everywhere in the country. 
  • One of the AIR stations can be replaced by four new stations and through the new technology AIR service will reach more people through Medium wave (MW) and Frequency modulation (FM). 
  • All India Radio is one of the largest public broadcasting organisations in the world with 414 stations in 23 languages and broadcasts in 179 dialects.

All India Radio:

  • All India Radio (AIR), officially known since 1956 as Akashvani (“Voice from the Sky”), is the national public radio broadcaster of India and is a division of Prasar Bharati.
  • It was established in 1930. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharati’s Doordarshan, an Indian television broadcaster. Headquartered in the Akashvani Bhavan building in New Delhi, it houses the Drama Section, the FM Section, the National Service, and is also home to the Indian television station Doordarshan Kendra, (Delhi).
  • All India Radio is the largest radio network in the world, and one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world in terms of the number of languages broadcast and the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves.
  • AIR’s home service comprises 420 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92% of the country’s area and 99.19% of the total population. AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 179 dialects.


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