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Tata Sky drops DD Bharati

In violation of Information & Broadcasting Ministry's order, Tata Sky has taken off DD Bharati since June 13.

DTH operator Tata Sky has stopped carrying DD Bharati, India's only channel dedicated to art and culture, from June 13 till date, without any official information. This is a serious violation from Tata Sky's end.

Tata Sky drops DD Bharati
Tata Sky drops DD Bharati
It is mandatory for all DTH operators to carry all Doordarshan channels on their network, in accordance with the Ministry of I&B's order issued vide 8(12)/2007-BP&L, dated September 6, 2013.

DD Bharati and some other important Doordarshan channels including DD UP, DD MP, DD Bihar and DD Rajasthan are not being carried by Tata Sky, which amounts to violation of the Government of India rules.

As per the Government's order, it is obligatory for every DTH operator to carry all Doordarshan channels irrespective of any bouquet(s) or a-la-carte channel(s) being subscribed to by subscribers. The DTH operators shall also place the channels in their respective genres and shall display them in full television screen.

The issue has been taken up by Prasar Bharati with the Ministry of I&B, which has been requested to initiate action against Tata Sky.

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