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23 July: National Broadcasting Day

Every year July 23 is observed as a National Broadcasting day. In 1927 on this day, the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) started radio broadcasting from Bombay station.
Fact file
  • Broadcasting in India began in July 1923 with programmes by the Radio Club of Mumbai.
  • On 23 July 1927, the private Indian Broadcasting Company LTD (IBC) was authorized to operate two radio stations in Mumbai and Calcutta
  • Calcutta station was started on 26 August 1927.
  • The government took over the broadcasting facilities, beginning the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) on 1 April 1930 on an experimental basis for two years, and permanently in May 1932.
  • On 8 June 1936, the ISBS was renamed All India Radio.
  • At present, AIR is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the number of languages of broadcast, the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves.
  • AIR’s home service comprises 414 stations today located across the country, reaching nearly 92 per cent of the country’s area and 99.19 per cent of the total population.
  • AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 146 dialects.
  • NOVEMBER 12, is observed as the Public Service Broadcasting Day in India to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s maiden visit to All India Radio (AIR) studio. On November 12, 1947, Gandhi spoke on radio to the refugees from Pakistan, stationed at the camp at Kurukshetra. It was Gandhi’s first and last visit to the studio of AIR.
Published date : 24 Jul 2015 03:06PM

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