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News Services Division

Living up to its noble ideals of “Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya”, the News Services Division (NSD) of AIR strives to provide news and views to every dweller in this vast country in varied terrains, 24X7, in all major languages and dialects, while adhering to highest professional ethics and standards in Radio Broadcasting.

SET UP OF NSD

The News Services Division is headed by a Director General (News), who is one of the senior most officers of the Indian Information Service.  He is assisted by a team of Additional Directors General (News), Directors (News) and Joint Directors (News), Deputy Directors (News), Asstt. Directors (News), News Editors and Reporters etc. The different operational wings of NSD at headquarters in Delhi include: General News Room, Hindi News Room, Reporting Unit, Talks and Current Affairs Unit, Newsreel Unit, Indian Language Units, Reference and PP&D Unit, IT & Website unit and Administrative Wing.  The Regional News Units in various States are headed by an officer of the rank of Director or Deputy Director/Assistant Director and assisted by News Editors, Reporters and Newsreaders-cum-Translators.

 

EARLY HISTORY

The history of news broadcasting in India is much older than that of All India Radio. The first  news bulletin in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station on July 23, 1927 under a private company, the Indian  Broadcasting Company. A month later on August 26, 1927 another bulletin in Bengali was started from the Calcutta Station.  Until 1935, two bulletins, one each in English and Hindustani were broadcast from Bombay and a bulletin in Bengali was broadcast from Calcutta.  The Indian Broadcasting Company went into liquidation in March, 1930 following which broadcasting came under the direct control of the Government of India.  The service was designated as the Indian State Broadcasting Service.  It was renamed All India Radio on June 8, 1936.    

 

DEVELOPMENT 

The real breakthrough in news broadcasting came after January 1936 when the first news bulletin from the Delhi Station went on the air on January 19, 1936 coinciding with the starting of its transmission.  Besides, news bulletins in English and Hindustani, talks on current affairs were also started from the Station in both the languages.

The Central News Organization was set up on August 1, 1937.  Mr. Charles Barnes took charge as the first News Editor in September and he later became the first Director of News.  The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 gave an impetus to the development of the Organization.  The Monitoring Service was set up in 1939 to monitor foreign broadcasts.  In 1943, the External Broadcast Unit was set up under the Director of News.  By 1945, the Central News Organization was handling news bulletins in different Indian languages as well as in the External Services. After Independence, news broadcasts of AIR grew both in quantity and quality. More emphasis was laid on national and regional news bulletins.

 

 

 

SOURCE OF NEWS 

The bulk of AIR news comes from its own Correspondents spread all over the country.  It has more than 90 regular Correspondents in India and abroad at Colombo, Dhaka, Dubai and Kathmandu. Apart from this, AIR has over 500 Part-time Correspondents based at nearly all district headquarters.  The PTCs are to meet the requirements of Doordarshan News also. NSD subscribes to the news wire agencies – UNI, PTI and their corresponding Hindi services – Univarta and Bhasha. 

 

OUTPUT

—  609 bulletins daily in 92 languages/ dialects

—  External bulletins in Arabic, Baluchi, Burmese, Dari, French, Nepali, Persian, Pashto, Sinhala, Tibetan etc.,

—  Over 61 hours of total daily broadcast of news bulletins and current affairs programs

—  In addition, nearly  1400 News based programmes broadcast in a month

—  Special bulletins/programmes during elections, budgets, sessions of parliament/state legislatures

—  Radio Plus: News on Website, News on Social Media- Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube & Instagram.

 

NEWS BULLETINS

A.     Total Broadcast duration of News Bulletins from NSD and RNU

 

Bulletins

Number of Bulletins

Duration    (daily in minutes)

Language(s)/Dialects

Hourly Bulletins, Regional bulletins, Foreign bulletins, FM headlines bulletins etc.

609

3161 mts

(52.68 hrs)

92

News based programmes from NSD

 

180 mts

(3 hrs)

 

News based programmes from RNUs

 

300 mts

(5 hrs)

 

Total broadcast time from NSD + RNUs

                   3641 mts

                   (61 hrs)

 

           

B.       Details of News Bulletins from NSD HQ. (Delhi)

 

News Bulletins

Number of Bulletins

Duration    (daily in minutes)

Language(s)/Dialects

Ø  Hourly Bulletins

44

290 mts

English , Hindi

Ø   External Services Bulletins (English & Hindi)

17

127 mts

English, Hindi  

Ø  Indian Language Bulletins

      (Home and External)

24

217 mts

Nepali, Kashmiri, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu (05)

Ø  Foreign Language Bulletins

(Overseas Services)

28

222 mts

Arabic, Baluchi,  Burmese, Dari, French, Indonesia, Nepali, Persian, Pashto, Russian, Sinhala, Swahili, Tibetan, Thai, Chinese (15)

Ø  FM Headlines

24

24 mts

English, Hindi

Total (daily)-Bulletins

136

880 mts

 

Total (daily)-News based programmes (Approximate)

6-9

180 mts

English, Hindi

Total daily broadcast time from NSD HQ

                   1060 mts

              (17.66 hrs)

 

 

C.        Regional Bulletins

Regional news bulletins were introduced in the early fifties.  The first such news bulletins were broadcasted in April, 1953 from Lucknow and Nagpur Stations.  In 1954-55, Regional News Units were set up at Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.  This went on steadily and at present there are 47 Regional News Units functioning in different parts of the country.  473  news bulletins in 77 regional languages/dialects including English and Hindi are being broadcast from RNUs for a duration of 38 hours. These include 250 headlines bulletins on FM and other frequencies from 31 stations.

 

Details of Bulletins and Current Affairs Programmes of  RNUs

Total No. of RNUs - 47

 

News Bulletins:-

News Bulletins from RNU

Number

Duration    (daily in minutes)

Language(s)/Dialects

(a)                Regional Bulletins

176

1339

77

(b)               National bulletins

35

345

#Kannada, Telugu, and Sindhi

* Assamese, Odia, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Dogri, Arunachali (Hindi/English), Bangla,

@Konkani

(c)                FM Headlines

250

497

16

    (c)   External Services Bulletins

12

115

                         6

Total (daily)

473

2296

 

 

# these NSD bulletins were shifted to the capital RNUs after the decision taken to this effect in April 2005

*these NSD bulletins were shifted to their respective capital RNUs from April 2017-July 2017 in phasewise manner

@This NSD language unit was never in NSD headquarter, but stationed at RNU Mumbai from where it was shifted to RNU Panaji in 1992

 

Programmes:-

News based progammes

Number per year

Duration    (in hours)

Language(s)/Dialects

(a)                News Reel

2132

538

15

(b)               District News Letter

5468

507

16

     (c ) New Commentary

2236

203

10

      (d ) Others

2884

458

 

17

Total (per year)

12720

1706

 

Total (per month)

1060

140

 

  • RNU  Sambalpur with 10 min evening bulletin in Sambalpuri launched on 22nd Jan 2016.

 

  • One additional morning five min bulletin in Gojri started from RNU Jammu on 10th Nov 2016.
  • RNU Visakhapatnam with 10 min evening bulletin launched on 7th April 2017.

Assamese, Odia, Malyalam, Tamil NSD bulletins shifted on 24th April 2017 to respective RNUs  while Marathi and Gujarati shifted on 5th June 2017, Dogri and Arunachali on 28th June 2017 and Bengali on 8th July 2017.

·         RNU Jaipur started broadcasting FM headlines in Rajasthani from 10.07.2017.

 

BULLETINS ON FM ‘RAINBOW’ CHANNEL 

The News Services Division has been putting out news headlines on FM ‘Rainbow’ channel from Delhi since May 28, 1995.  Twenty four news headline bulletins on FM ‘Rainbow’ are broadcast round-the-clock from Delhi.  The duration of each headline FM ‘Rainbow’ bulletin from Delhi is one minute approx. At present, 22 AIR stations are broadcasting FM Headlines.

 

TALKS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES 

During February 1936, talks on current topics were introduced for the first time in English.  In September that year, talks on current topics in Hindustani were added.  Later ‘Topics for Today’ and ‘Focus’ on matters of current interests were introduced on 26th October, 1962.  In 1967, the programmes ''Topic for Today'' and ''Focus'' were renamed as ''Spotlight and ''Current Affairs''.

Details of Current Affairs Programmes broadcast from NSD HQ.

 

S. No

Name of Programme

Frequency

 

Time of broadcast

Duration

Language

Name of Channel

1

Spotlight

Daily

2115-2130 hrs.

15 mts.

English

Rajdhani

2

News Analysis 

Daily

2115-2130 hrs.

15 mts.

English

FM Gold

3

Samayiki

Daily

1935-1945 hrs.

10 mts.

Hindi

Indraprastha

4

Current Affairs

Friday

2130-2200 hrs.

30 mts.

English

Rajdhani/

FM Gold

5

Charcha ka Vishai hai

Wednesday

2130-2200 hrs.

30 mts.

Hindi

Indraprastha/

FM Gold

6

Public Speak

Monday

2130-2205 hrs

35 mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

7

Vaad- Samvaad 

Tuesday

2145-2200 hrs

15 mts.

Hindi

FM Gold

8

Surkhiyon Se Pare

Thursday

2145-2200 hrs.

15mts.

Hindi

FM Gold

9

Country Wide

Thursday

2130-2145 hrs.

15mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

10

Market Mantra            

Daily

1830-1900 hrs.

30 mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

11

Money Talk

Tuesday

2130-2145 hrs.

15 mts.

English

FM Gold

12

Sports Scan

Daily

2030-2045 hrs.

15 mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

13

Newsreel

(English)

Mon/Tue/Thu/

Sat

2020-2030 hrs.

 

10 mts.

 

English

 

Rajdhani

 

14

Samachar Darshan (Hindi)

Wed/Fri/Sun

 

2020-2030 hrs.

 

10 mts.

Hindi

Indraprastha

15

Press Comments

Daily

1750-1755 hrs

05 mts.

English

Rajdhani

16

Parikarma

(News Magazine Programme)

Daily

1630-1700 hrs

30 mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

17

Aaj Savere 

(News Magazine Programme)

Daily

0730-0800 hrs.

30 mts.

Bilingual

FM Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVERAGE OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS 

The daily and weekly reviews of the proceedings in Parliament during the sessions were introduced on February 14, 1961 in English and Hindi.  The daily review called ‘Today in Parliament’ in English and ‘Sansad Sameeksha’ in Hindi has two parts, one on the proceedings in the Lok Sabha and the other on those in the Rajya Sabha.  The weekly review in English – ‘This week in Parliament’ and that in Hindi ‘ Is Saptah Sansad Main’ – sums up the important highlights of the proceedings in both Houses during the preceding week.

The broadcast of the daily and ‘Weekly Reviews’ of the proceedings of the State legislatures, when they are in session, were started in 1971-72 in the respective regional languages.  A review of the ‘Proceedings of the Delhi Assembly’ was started from December 14, 1993.

 

RADIO NEWSREEL 

Radio Newsreel was started on December 10, 1955 both in English (Radio Newsreel) and Hindi (Samachar Darshan) from Delhi.  Newsreel in English is broadcast on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday while Samachar Darshan is broadcast on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  Some Regional News Units also put out regional Newsreels in the respective regional languages.       

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

The NSD, AIR has been expanding its presence year after year, across various domains with the aim to disseminate news to the public and reaching diverse cross sections of the society. NSD, AIR has embraced new technologies and practices, since last three years,  to add to its traditional platform and disseminate News and Discussion Programmes on New Media applications, including Social Media, as Radio+..

Since three years, the News Services Division has substantially increased its presence on the social media viz Website, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube & Instagram and has crossed major milestones in reaching out to audience far and wide.

 

Twitter

Started in January, 2013

Over 1.66 million followers

Facebook

Stared in June, 2013

3.3 million likes on NSD facebook accounts

Website

More than 34.3 million successful visits per month.

Sound Cloud

Started in 2014

Over 14 thousand followers

Instagram

Started in January, 2016

107 K Followers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Schedule

 

Schedule of daily news bulletins from Delhi alongwith their channel of broadcast

 

ENGLISH

S. No.

Time (Hrs.)

Duration

Channel

1.

0000-0005

05 mts.

Rajdhani/FM Gold

2.

0105-0110

05 mts.

National (MW)

3.

0200-0205

05 mts.

FM Gold

4.

0305-0310

05 mts.

National (MW)

5.

0400-0405

05 mts.

FM Gold

6.

0505-0510

05 mts.

National (MW)

7.

0605-0610

05 mts.

Rajdhani/ FM Gold

8.

0815-0830

15 mts.

Rajdhani/ FM Gold

9.

0905-0910

05 mts.

Rajdhani

10.

1005-1010

05 mts.

Rajdhani

11

1200-1205

05mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

12.

1300-1305

05 mts.

Rajdhani/ FM Gold

13.

1400-1415

15 mts.

Rajdhani/ FM Gold

14

1500-1505

05 mts

FM Gold

15.

1600-1605

05 mts.

Rajdhani/ FM Gold

16.

1705-1710

05 mts.

Rajdhani

17.

1800-1805

05 mts.

Rajdhani

18.

2000-2005

05 mts.

RN

19.

2005-2010  

05 mts. (Sports)

RN

20.

2100-2115

15 mts.

Rajdhani/FM Gold

21.

2300-2305

05 mts.

Rajdhani

 

HINDI

S. No.

Time (Hrs.)

Duration

Channel

1.

0005-0010

05 mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

2.

0100-0105

05 mts.

FM Gold

3.

0205-0210

05 mts.

National (MW)

4.

0300-0305

05 mts.

FM Gold

5.

0405-0410

05 mts.

National (MW)

6.

0500-0505

05 mts.

FM Gold

7.

0600-0605

05 mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

8.

0700-0705

05 mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

9.

0800-0815

15 mts.

Indraprastha/

FM Gold

10.

0900-0905

05 mts.

Indraprastha

11

1000-1005

05 mts.

Indraprastha

12.

1100-1105

05 mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

13.

1205-1210

05 mts.

FM Gold

14

1305-1310

05 mts.

Indraprastha

15.

1415-1430

15 mts.

Indraprastha/ FM Gold

16.

1700-1705

05 mts.

Indraprastha

17.

1805-1810

05 mts.

Indraprastha

18.

1900-1905

05 mts.

Indraprastha

19.

1905-1910

05mts. (Sports)

FM Gold

20.

2030-2045

15 mts.

(Sports Scan)

FM Gold

21.

2045-2100

15 mts.

Indraprastha

22.

2200-2205

05 mts.

FM Gold

23.

2305-2310

05 mts.

Indraprastha


1950-2000

10 mts. *(Pradeshik)

Indraprastha

 

 

Bulletins in Indian Languages Broadcast from NSD, HQ.

Sr.No.

Unit

No. of bulletins

Bulletins

Duration

Total Broadcast Time

1

NEPALI

4

0750-0800

10 min (ext)

40 min

1230-1240

10 min (ext)

1925-1935

10 min

1950-2000

10 min (ext)

2

KASHMIRI

2

0745-0755

10 min

25 min

1825-1840

15 min

 

3

SANSKRIT

2

0655-0700

5 min

10 min

1810-1815

5 min

 

4

PUNJABI

4

0830-0840

10 min

35 min

1340-1350

10 min

1840-1845

05 min (ext)

1930-1940

10 min

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

URDU

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

0615-0625

10 min (ext)

 

 

 

 

 

 

112 min

 (1 Hour 52 in)

0850-0905

15 min

0930-0933

03 min (ext)

1350-1400

10 min

1402-1407

05 min (ext)

1650-1700

10 min (ext)

2000-2010

10 min (ext)

2116-2130

14 min

2145-2155

10 min (ext)

2300-2305

05 min (ext)

0230-0240

10 min (ext)

0345-0350

05 min (ext)

Haj Bull. for Two months

1110-1115

05     in (ext)

 

Languages of Bulletins

 

Languages of News bulletins of Eighth Schedule of Constitution of India:(22)

 

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam,   Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.

 

Other Indian Languages Bulletins: (5)

Rajasthani, Bhojpuri, English, Chhattisgarhi, Ladakhi.

 

Bulletins in Dialects : (52)

Gojri, Karbi, Purgee, Bhojpuri, Hmar, Paite, Kabui, Thadou, Mao, Tangkhul, Kokborok, Lepcha, Bhutia, Sangtam, Yimchungru, Konyak, Nagamese, Khiamnugan, Phom, Chang,  Zeilang,Kuki, Rengma, Sema,Lotha, Chakhesang, Ao, Angami,Tangin, Apatani, Adi(Galo)Miju Mishmi, Khampti,  Wancho, Idu, Tangsa,  Nocte, Adi, Nyshi, Mizo,   Dimasa, Pahari, Balti, Nagpuri, Kurukh, Mundari, Ho, Khasi, Garo, Jaintia, Tulu, Sambalpuri.

Bulletins in  Foreign Languages: (14)

Arabic, Baluchi, Burmese, Dari, French, Indonesia, Persian, Pashto, Russian, Sinhala, Swahili, Tibetan, Thai, Chinese.

 

 

 

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