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Ira Joshi Appointed as Doordarshan News Director General

Published on November 23, 2017
 Ira Joshi has been appointed as the director general (DG) of Doordarshan News by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry


  • The post was vacant ever since former DG Veena Jain retired in August 2017
  • Joshi is currently working as the director general of Press Information Bureau (PIB)
  • She has  worked as the additional director general at the publications division and directorate of advertising and visual publicity (DAVP)
  • I&B ministry has also appointed Ghanshyam Goel as the director general of directorate of advertising and visual publicity (DAVP).
  • Goel is the director general of Press Information Bureau (PIB) in New Delhi.
  • DAVP is the nodal agency of the central government for advertising on behalf of various ministries, departments, public sector firms and autonomous organizations funded by the government.

About Doordarshan

  • Doordarshan is an autonomous public service broadcaster founded by the Government of India
  • It is owned by the Broadcasting Ministry of India and is one of two divisions of Prasar Bharati.
  • It is one of India's largest broadcasting organisations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure, having been established on 15 September 1959.
  • Doordarshan was started in Delhi on 15 September 1959
  • Regular transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. 
  • Doordarshan began a five-minute news bulletin in 1965. Pratima Puri was the first newsreader.
  • The first TV serial of Doordarshan Ladoosingh Taxiwala was started in 1976

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