Prasar Bharati has extended contract with ANI Media for two more years: I&B Ministry

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has prolonged its contract with information company ANI Media for an additional two years, Info & Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur has knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha.

Thakur additionally said that the pubcaster’s preliminary contract with the information company was for a interval of three years beginning August 1, 2019. The contract was prolonged for an additional two years following the expiry in August 2022.

As per the contract, ANI was offering dwell feeds to DD Information.

“Prasar Bharati has knowledgeable that the preliminary contract with M/s. ANI Media Non-public Restricted (ANI) for offering ANI Stay feeds to DD Information was for a interval of three years efficient from 01.08.2019 as per the settlement signed on 27.07.2019, which was prolonged for an extra interval of two years,” Thakur mentioned in response to a query by former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar.

In response to a query by Dr. John Brittas, the minister mentioned that Prasar Bharti ended its ad-hoc association with United Information of India (UNI) and Press Belief of India (PTI) on October 15, 2020. The ad-hoc association between the events had been in place since 2006.

“Prasar Bharati has knowledgeable that it availed the subscription to United Information of India (UNI) and the Press Belief of India (PTI) providers on the premise of an ad-hoc pro-rata association from the 12 months 2006 onwards. Prasar Bharati had knowledgeable UNI and PTI on 15.10.2020 that Prasar Bharati Board had determined to finish the ad-hoc association,” Thakur mentioned.

He additionally knowledgeable the higher home that Prasar Bharati will get information feeds from a number of sources together with Hindusthan Samachar.Based on Thakur, Prasar Bharati signed an settlement with Hindusthan Samachar Information Company on February 14, 2023, which shall be efficient until March 31, 2025.

He additional said that Hindusthan Samachar’s information feed for being utilised within the information bulletins and different programmes for TV, Radio, Digital, and different modes of dissemination.

He added that Prasar Bharati initially signed the settlement with Hindusthan Samachar on January 30, 2020, for 2 nationwide and 4 regional languages.

Thakur additionally mentioned that six regional providers had been supplied by Hindusthan Samachar on a complimentary foundation for one 12 months and the identical was prolonged for additional two years.

“Hindusthan Samachar was offering providers to All India Radio and Doordarshan within the Seventies, even earlier than the formation of Prasar Bharati. Based mostly on the requirement of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati engaged the providers of Hindusthan Samachar,” the minister mentioned.