Chennai: The 48-hour "duty boycott" by
Prasar Bharati employees, affiliated to National Federation of
Akashvani and Doordarshan Employees, to press various demands,
including repeal of Prasar Bharati Act entered second day
More than 200 employees, especially from programming
technical and engineering sections, had begun their protest
from 9 am yesterday, as part of their nation-wide strike.
"After 12 years, it has been proved that Prasar Bharati
is not only financially unviable but defeated its very basic
concept," a NFADE release here 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 the air since yesterday morning.
"The public broadcaster was at crossroads, without having
the slightest idea about the direction it would be heading in
times to come. And the 12 years of Prasar Bharati experiment
had dented the reputation of AIR and Doordarshan," the release
AIR with 336 broadcasting centres and DD with a network
of 60 production centres and 1,404 transmitters cater to 94
per cent of the country`s population.
NFADE is an umbrella organisation of 21 service
associations and around 40,000 employees work in various
disciplines in AIR and DD.