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Lok Sabha Television

Lok Sabha TV
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Launched 1989 as Doordarshan incorporated as Lok Sabha TV in 2004
Owned by Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
Picture format 16:9 SDTV
Country India
Language English & Hindi
Broadcast area India
Headquarters New Delhi, Delhi, India
Formerly called Doordarshan (1989-2004)
Replaced Lok Sabha TV (2004-Present)
Sister channel(s) Rajyasabha TV
Timeshift service 24 hours
Website Streaming media
Available free to all internet users http://www.loksabhatv.nic.in
http://rajyasabha.nic.in/rsnew/webcast/rstvlive.html

Lok Sabha TV is an Indian cable television network channel from Government of India that offers coverage of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming.[1] Its remit is to make accessible to all the work of the parliamentary and legislative bodies of India. The channel broadcasts live and recorded coverage of the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) while Rajya Sabha TV covers the sessions of the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament).[2]

History

Select Parliamentary proceedings have been telecast in India since 1989, when the President's address to Parliament was shown on live television. After 1994 the Question Hours of both Houses were broadcast live on alternate weeks on both satellite television and All India Radio. The broadcasts were scheduled to ensure that on a given week proceedings in both Houses were aired, one on TV and the other on radio.

In 2006, DD Lok Sabha was replaced by Lok Sabha TV (LSTV), a 24-hour TV channel broadcasting in Hindi and English, which is owned and operated entirely by the Lok Sabha itself, broadcasting live the proceedings of the Lok Sabha and also various cultural and educational programs and panel discussions, when the Lok Sabha is not in session [3]

Currently Lok Sabha TV is headed by Rajiv Mishra a well known Media/Broadcast professional and founder President of Association of Radio Broadcasters of India (AROI) the Industry representative body of all FM Radio stations of India.

Dedicated Parliamentary Channels

With efforts of the Lok Sabha and Prasar Bharati, in 2004 two dedicated satellite channels were set up to telecast live the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament. In July 2006, DD Lok Sabha was replaced by Lok Sabha Television, which is owned and operated by the Lok Sabha itself. Lok Sabha Television also airs other national ceremonies, such as the Oath-taking ceremony of the President of India, conferring of awards to Parliamentarians, and addresses by foreign dignitaries. Private television channels are allowed to use these feeds subject to payment and conditions laid down by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. In addition video footage of proceedings is stored in the Parliamentary Archives. When Parliament is not in session, these channels air general informative programs, particularly those related to effective government.

See also

References

External links

  • Official website of the Lok Sabha
  • Lok Sabha TV webcast
  • Rajya Sabha website
  • Doordarshan website
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