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A cosmetic corporatisation will do nothing to improve Doordarshan or AIR

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According to recent news items, Prasar Bharati may either be given a fresh “corporate status”, or it may be headed for the chopping board.

The former would actually degrade a battered body even further, since a PSU or a sarkari corporation, which is often summoned to bestow favours that financial rules hardly permit, is held way down in the pecking order of governance. But, who or what is Prasar Bharati? The opening line of Edward Lear’s nonsense rhyme comes to mind: “Who, or why, or which, or what / Is the Akond of Swat?” This amusing creature has successfully bedevilled any clear understanding of its role and functioning.

Read: We have a long way to go to revive Doordarshan

On the whole, it may not be a bad idea to corporatise it, except that the law as pronounced by the Supreme Court in 1995 may stand in the way. The Court had freed air waves from state control and had........

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