Regional Language Satellite Service : DD-ODIA
The Regional Language Satellite Service (RLSS) of Doordarshan for Odia Language was started on 2.10.1993 as DD-5 . The production and capsuling of programmes were done at DDK, Bhubaneswar and were sent to Pitampura, Delhi for uplinking. Subsequently, the uplinking facility was made available at DDK, Bhubaneswar and Odia programmes of 28 Hrs. 30 Mins. duration exclusively on Satellite mode were uplinked as DD-6 from 15.08.1994. The DD-6 (Odia) Channel was made a 24-hour channel on 01.04.2001(on the occasion of Utkal Divas, the Statehood Day of Odisha State). Doordarshan fulfilled a long standing demand of people of Odisha to get a Channel in their own language. With Round the Clock service, the art and culture, literature, tourism, song & dance and rich heritage of Odisha got a platform in reaching millions of people within the State as well as beyond the State boundary . The Channel has a programme-mix of News, Agriculture, health, literary works of eminent writers of the State, folk music and dance, art and craft, tourism and festivals . Through its programmes meant for children, women, youth, farmers, senior citizens, rural people, tribals etc., DD-Odia has become a friend and guide to the people of Odisha. Krushi Darshan, a project on Agriculture Extension to Mass Media Support sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India and started since 2005 has become hugely popular among the farmer community. All the schemes of Central Government and Flagship programmes are regularly telecast. Special Anniversary & day-specific programmes are also part of DD-Odia’s commitment to the viewers. Apart from these programmes, DD-Odia telecasts LIVE the Car Festival of Lord Jagannath from Puri, Sital Sasthi (Sacred Marriage Ceremomy of Lord Shiva & Devi Parvati) from Sambalpur, Parbana Bela (Celebration of Dussehra in Twin City of Cuttack & Bhubaneswar along with different parts of Odisha) every year. The Kendra also makes arrangement for LIVE telecast of different Dance & Music Festivals organised annually in Odisha like Konark Festival, Mukteswar Dance Festival, Raja Rani Music Festival, Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsava etc. in DD-Bharati . DD-Odia provides Satellite support to the programmes of DDK, Sambalpur and DDK, Bhawanipatna , the other two Kendras in the State six days a week of three hours to each Kendra .