Chennai: As part of their nation-wide
strike, Employees of Prasar Bharati affiliated to National
Federation of Akashvani and Doordarshan Employees (NFADE) here
commenced a 48-hour "duty boycott" from Tuesday to press for
various demands, including repealing of the Prasar Bharati
More than 200 employees, especially from programming,
technical and engineering sections, began their protest
from 9 am and alleged that the "12 years of Prasar Bharati
experiment" had "dented" the reputation of All India Radio
and Doordarshan, NFADE sources said.
Regional channels of DD in Tamil Nadu, including
`Podhigai` and all AIR channels including Chennai A, Chennai
B, FM and commercial channels went off air since morning,
AIR, with 336 broadcasting centres, serves 99 per cent
of the country population, while DD, with a network of 60
production centres and 1,404 transmitters, reaches to 94 per
cent of the total population, they said.
NFADE is an umbrella organization of 21 service
associations of around 40,000 employees working in AIR and DD.