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The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options

Vibodh Parthasarathi ; Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
Supriya Chotani ; Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

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APA 6th Edition
Parthasarathi, V. & Chotani, S. (2015). The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options. Medijske studije, 6 (12), 63-76. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121
MLA 8th Edition
Parthasarathi, Vibodh and Supriya Chotani. "The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options." Medijske studije, vol. 6, no. 12, 2015, pp. 63-76. https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Parthasarathi, Vibodh and Supriya Chotani. "The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options." Medijske studije 6, no. 12 (2015): 63-76. https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121
Harvard
Parthasarathi, V., and Chotani, S. (2015). 'The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options', Medijske studije, 6(12), pp. 63-76. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121 (Accessed 05 June 2020)
Vancouver
Parthasarathi V, Chotani S. The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options. Medijske studije [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2020 June 05];6(12):63-76. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121
IEEE
V. Parthasarathi and S. Chotani, "The Digital Switchover of Doordarshan: Intriguing Dynamics of Policy Options", Medijske studije, vol.6, no. 12, pp. 63-76, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121. [Accessed: 05 June 2020]

Abstracts
In a country with few channels occupying the terrestrial space – all of which are owned by the public broadcaster – what is the rationale behind the expensive and mandatory transition to digital terrestrial television? This paper undertakes a hard look at the incorporation of this transition in the wider moves towards digitalization by Doordarshan, India’s public broadcaster. Drawing on approaches in institutionalism that aid unraveling why certain interests get prioritized over others, the paper unmasks the official reasoning justifying the digital switchover in India. The paper infers that the marginal sections
of society, for whom Doordarshan is the sole affordable TV outlet, will be the most challenged by this mandatory transition. Moreover, the move to terrestrial digital broadcasting is not guided by public interest values like enhancing diverse content, which could be the key mechanism for Doordarshan to regain the viewership it has lost to private satellite channels.

Keywords
digital television; India; Doordarshan; broadcast policy

Hrčak ID: 152121

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/152121

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