How Prasar Bharati Network remained operational during COVID19


While COVID19 Pandemic has engulfed and halted the world, India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati with 30,000 humongous work force and more than 1000 Offices, Broadcasting Centres across the country has managed to prevent the spread among its employees and has remained operational with 24*7 news services, educational and entertainment programming, thanks to timely intimation by central government and early on preventive measures taken by the administration of Prasar Bharati.


Administrative response to COVID19

From as early as March 6th, 2020, when number of COVID19 cases in India was in 2 digits, Prasar Bharati exempted its employees from marking the bio metric attendance in Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System.

On March 12, in another order on COVID19 precautionary measures, Officers and staff were asked to avoid official tours, Air Travel and Train Journey. They were asked to attend meetings through video conferencing/teleconferencing. The physical creation/movement of files in office was asked to be avoided. Work through E-Office was asked to be maximized to avoid physical files.

In March 17 order, assessment of manpower for ‘work from home’ by using e-office, e-mails and other electronic means began.

Based on preventive measures suggested by the Department of Personnel and Training, thermal screening of all employees began at the gates of Prasar Bharati offices on March 18.

On March 24 and again on April 1, Prasar Bharati CEO wrote letters to Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, requesting support for operational continuity of Doordarshan and All India Radio’s broadcast services in view of threat of COVID19 outbreak.

In a March 30th order, Head of Offices of various field establishments of Prasar Bharati, Zonal Programme ADGs and Heads of Programme were made responsible to ensure that broadcasting activities were not affected during lockdown.

On April 9, Prasar Bharati’s employees donated their one-day salaries to PM-CARES Fund, making the total contribution a sum of Rs 3.5 Crore.

In April 14 order, installing Arogya Setu App was made mandatory for all employees working from office or in field.

On May 14, Prasar Bharati donated another sum of Rs 2 Crore to PM-CARES Fund.

Apart from these mentioned above, various other orders and instructions have been issued till date in accordance with Government of India guidelines in various phases of Lockdown.

All orders are chronologically listed in an annexure named ‘Orders’.


Broadcasting Response to COVID19

Fighting COVID19 from the frontline, India’s public broadcaster has done its bid in ensuring that people had an entertainment incentive in staying home during lockdown. Bringing back nostalgic content which appeals to one and all was a step in this direction.

S.No. Programme Channel Impressions (Millions)
1 RAMAYAN DD National 2392
2 MAHABHARAT DD Bharati 1790
3 UTTAR RAMAYAB DD National 998
4 SHRI KRISHNA DD National 1624
5 SHAKTIMAAN DD National 364
6 BUNIYAAD DD National 91
7 THE JUNGLE BOOK DD National 46
8 CHANAKYA DD National 40
9 CHHOTA BHEEM DD National 36
10 UPANISHAD GANGA DD National 145
13 CIRCUS DD National 10
14 DEKH BHAI DEKH DD National 6

Source: BARC India 2+. Avg Imp. Data till 31st July.

Keeping in view the high demand of DD classics, a new Channel DD Retro was also launched specifically for the nostalgia content. The channel has seen good response from the outset with improvement in viewership each week:

Week Weekly Impressions (M)
15 12.7
16 16.5
17 16
18 22.3
19 46.4

Source: BARC India: 2+ All India. Weekly Impressions (in Millions)

Apart from bringing old and iconic content back on TV and Radio, All India Radio and Doordarshan’s news units, AIR News and DD News, have been keeping people informed and aware about the developments in fight against Coronavirus through their continued 24*7 services on TV, Radio and digital platforms – Prasar Bharati News Services and NewsOnAir App.

Doordarshan and All India Radio regional channels have aired Virtual classes for students missing out on Schools and Colleges. DD Sports brought back memorable old cricket matches, and aired interaction with Sporting legends. In few major highlights of Radio, Ruskin Bond narrated his celebrated stories on All India Radio and we made almost thousand Radio Plays available on local stations of All India Radio in local languages.

With these content, through Doordarshan network alone, Prasar Bharati has been able to reach Millions of viewers across India:

Content Type Count Duration (hrs) Reach (in Millions)
Promos 17600+ 257+ 168
Social Messages 62600+ 1200+ 383
News Bulletins 34000+ 14000+ 432

Source: BARC India 2+ (Data from Feb 1st – 31st July)

Apart from the above, we carried PM Modi’s addresses to the Nation, which reached more than 116 Million viewers through DD network alone.

Most of these content mentioned above and more are available on our YouTube channels as well. Details of which are available in the annexure named ‘Content’.


1) Details of our Content with YouTube playlists

2) Administrative Orders with details, date and link

3) Links of our important tweets on COVID19

4) Media Reports mentioning our COVID19 initiatives

All news stories on information and updates on COVID19 done so far

Special Awareness videos on COVID19

Tracking COVID19 – COVID19 Special Daily English Bulletins

COVID19 Par Nazar – COVID19 Special Daily Hindi Bulletins

Doctors Speak – Special shows on COVID19 with Doctors

COVID19- Jaan Bhi Jahan Bhi – Special shows on how to live with Coronavirus

Kids Time – Special shows for kids sitting at home during lockdown

Aatma Nirbhar Bharat – Special shows on the way ahead for India amidst COVID19 Pandemic

In conversation with – Interviews of Heads of Organisations which are stakeholders in fight against COVID19

Good News Stories – Positive Stories in India’s Fight against COVID19

DD Dialogue – Shows with Experts analysing various aspects in fight against COVID19

PM Modi’s March 24 address to the nation in multiple Indian languages

PM Modi’s April 3 address to the nation in multiple Indian languages

PM Modi’s April 14 address to the nation in multiple Indian languages

PM Modi’s May 12 address to the nation in multiple Indian languages

Dawn Chorus – Radio Shows on Birds’ Songs

Educational Content and Virtual Classes for School and College students sitting at home during lockdown

Radio Plays in multiple Indian languages

Ruskin Bond narrates some of his famous stories on All India Radio

PM Modi’s March 19 address to the Nation in Multiple Indian Languages

Story Lounge by All India Radio

Panchtantra Tales Radio adaptation

Subject/ Particulars Issued On
Online Training on Public procurement (Advanced) for officers of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati from 11 to 12 Aug, 2020 at NABM Delhi 8/7/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 epidemic lockdown period 8/7/2020
Nominations invited for the Online Training on Public procurement (Basic with special focus on GEM) by AJNIFM from 17th to 19th August 2020 8/3/2020
BnA OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Provisional release of retirement benefits as per Rule 64 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 during Covid Pandemic time 7/29/2020
Inviting nominations for online training on information and cyber security management. 7/24/2020
Webinar on Information and Cyber Security Management by C-DAC, 7/21/2020
Online training (Webinar) program on Refresher Course for Assistant Engineers of AIR and DD officials 7/8/2020
Precautionary measures in Prasar Bharati other than exemption in Bio-metric attendance AEBAS- regarding 7/3/2020
Online Training on Public procurement (Basic) for officers of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati from 6 to 8 July, 2020 at NABM Delhi. 6/24/2020
Online Training on Public procurement (Basic with special focus on GEM) by AJNIFM from 27th to 29th July, 2020 6/24/2020
Online Training on Public procurement Basic with special focus on GEM Batch-IV(A) from 29 June to 1 July 2020 6/22/2020
Online Training on Public Procurement (Advanced) from 25 June, 2020 to 26 June, 2020 6/21/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM – Participation of Employees and their Families in International Day of Yoga 2020 6/20/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM – Instructions/ Guidelines regarding preventive measures to contain thern spread of COVID-19 6/19/2020
Webinar program on Free transcoding solution with FFmpeg on 26th June, 2020 6/18/2020
Online Training on Public Procurement (Basic with special focus on GEM) 6/16/2020
Online Training on Public procurement (Basic) from 22 June to 24 June, 2020 at NABM Delhi 6/16/2020
Summer Vocational Online Training for 2nd and 3rd year B.E B.Tech Students, rescheduled from 29th June onwards (earlier it was from 15th June onwards). 6/11/2020
Online Training on Public procurement, Basic with special focus on GEM Batch-IIIA from 15 June, 2020 to 17 June, 2020 by NIFM Faridabad 6/10/2020
NABM Delhi is arranging an online training webinar program on Netia Application and server administration at AIR setups for engineering subordinate cadre from 18th June 2020 19th June 2020. This training is planned to train technical staff working in AIR setup in stations which are using NETIA Stu 6/10/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Joining at the Nearest AIR/DD Stations/Kendra on expiry of leave/tour during the lockdown due to COVID-19 – Reporting to their duty Hqrs thereof 6/9/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of COVID 19 -regarding submission of information on Corona virus, COVID 19 positive persons within the Network of Prasar Bharati 6/6/2020
Circular for training (webinar) program on LED/LCD TV repairing Workshop through CISCO Webex 6/5/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-I9 in offices 6/5/2020
Nominations for the Online Training on Arbitration course for ADG/DDG (AIR/DD) from 13-15 July, 2020. 6/3/2020
Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of COVID 19 – Closure of Prasar Bharati House Tower C for sanitization 5/31/2020
Circular to call nominations for webinar on 2nd june 20 on Cost effective Remote Production solutions. webinar on 8th june 20-on understanding 4K, UHD I 8K, UHD II. 5/29/2020
Sanitization of Office Premises on Detection of Covid Positive Case 5/29/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of Noval Coronavirus COVID 19 5/20/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Guidelines on preventive measures to contain spread COVID-19 in workplace 5/19/2020
Set of Protocol for promotion of Digital Payments in Prasar Bharati 5/18/2020
CCW CE OFFICE covid 19 DUTY ROSTER 11 MAY TO 15 MAY 2020 8/5/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 7/5/2020
Joining at nearest AIR/DD station/Kendras on expiry of leace/tour during lockdown due to covid 19 5/5/2020
Budget allocation for coverage of lockdown during covid 19 Outbreak by Stringers under CSS-Content during 2020-21 to 31 RNUs regarding 5/5/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 4/28/2020
ROSTER covid 19 CCW HQ 4/23/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM – Joining at nearest AIR/DD station/Kendra on expiry of approved leave during lockdown due to covid-19 4/21/2020
CCW HQ covid 19 ROSTER DUTY 4/21/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 (regarding departmental canteen in various  offices of Prasar Bharati) 4/21/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 4/19/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 4/17/2020
Economy instructions due to spread of covidrn 4/16/2020
OFFICE MEMORANDUM regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 4/14/2020
R.N. Message Regarding Nominations for Web Based Training on Broadcast Managing During Crisis Due to covid-19 7/4/2020
DO by CEO to Chief Secretaries regarding Request for Support for Operations of Prasar Bharati India s Public Service rnBroadcaster-AIR and Doordarshan during lockout period to contain spread of rncovid 19 1/4/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 3/30/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of covid-19 3/25/2020
CEO letter to The Chief Secretaries of All States and Union Territories regarding Request for Support in Ensuring Operational Continuityof Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan and All India Radio) Broadcast Services in view of threat of covid 19 Outbreak 3/24/2020
Staff Roster CCW AIR HQ covid19 3/23/2020
Precautionary measures to contain the spread of covid-19 ( Work from Home) 3/23/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary measures to contain the spread of covid-19 3/22/2020
Emergency Response: covid-19 3/18/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Preventive measurers to be taken to Coronavirus(covid 19) 3/17/2020
Office Memorandum regarding Precautionary measures to stop spreading Novel Corona virus (covid-19) 3/17/2020
Office Memorandum – Precautionary measures in Prasar Bharati other than exemption in bio metric attendance (AEBAS) 12/3/2020
Office Memorandum: Exemption to employees to mark bio metric attendance in Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) 6/3/2020

Holy Aarti of Amarnath Ji Yatra Live on Prasar Bharat Network

Shri Krishna’ beats ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ to secure top spot in the TRP charts

Online teaching available for all the students studying in class 1 to 10 through live telecasts on Doordarshan

Tele Classes in Ladakhi

DD Kisan Channel crosses 500k YouTube subscribers milestone

“Good News for viewers: New Shows lined up on DD Network.”

Find all Virtual Classes/Educational content from all Doordarshan channels across the country in various regional languages.

Virtual classes by various regional stations of Akashvani AIR in different regional languages.

Wall Street Journal on the Ramayan phenomenon in Doordarshan breaking records

“Ramayan World Record – Highest Viewed Entertainment Program Globally”

Coming Soon Shri Krishna on DD National

“Epics and Classics register path-breaking viewership on Doordarshan Network”

Good old Akashvani AIR to the rescue in Leh-Ladakh engaging Class Xth and XIIth students across 350 schools

Doordarshan contributes 10% of all social advertising across Indian Television through COVID-19 messages – Broadcasting in the service of the Public

Watch @RetroDD channel on various Cable/DTH & Digital platforms to relive the nostalgia.

DD National continues to be No. 1 for two consecutive weeks in a row

As a Precautionary Measures to Contain the spread of #COVID-19, Prasar Bharati issued instructions to staff to install Aarogya Setu App to ensure rapid contact tracing & to create general awareness regarding the App

“Kudos to team AIR for putting out iconic and celebrated Radio Plays – great opportunity for students and everyone to get acquainted/reacquainted with gems of literature and rediscover the power of listening”

“Viewership of re-telecast of Ramayan and Mahabharat on Doordarshan reaches Hundreds of Millions.”

Prasar Bharati deposits Rs 3.5 Crore to PM-CARES fund, in response to the appeal by Prime Minister to fight COVID-19 global pandemic

“Massive surge in Doordarshan network’s viewership over one week.”

Acting on the call of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Prasar Bharati Employees have come forward to contribute their one day’s salary to PM-CARES fund, to fight against Covid 19

“New programming format by the highly motivated team of DD News to engage children through quizzes and in-studio improv”

Engaging Kids DD News Style

“Innovation in Public Service Broadcasting to keep children engaged through the crisis – complete playlist of episodes of DD News KidsTime”

After Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, now Doordarshan brings you another epic show BR Chopra’s Mahabharat starting from tomorrow on DD Bharati

On Public demand amidst lockdown DD National will broadcast Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, starting from tomorrow

Hon’ble Minister for Information discusses preparedness for Covid 19 with Prasar Bharati CEO and other senior programme officials of DD and AIR

Special Program with latest on Covid 19 by DD News and DD India

Playlist of PM Narendra Modi’s Address to the nation on Covid-19 in multiple languages

Hon’ble Minister for Information discusses preparedness for Covid 19 with Prasar Bharati CEO and other senior programme officials of DD and AIR

Special Program with latest on Covid 19 by AIR

Date Media Reports
12-Aug-20  Google with its partners Prasar Bharati and Virtual Bharat has announced an innovative experience concerning your voice, classic musical instruments, and artificial intelligence.
12-Aug-20 Doordarshan back in our lives
12-Aug-20 Umang users can now access Doordarshan videos
11-Aug-20 Online classes for students of class 11 and 12 in Telangana will be aired through Doordarshan and T-SAT network channels.
24-Jul-20 पॉलीटेक्निक छात्र अब दूरदर्शन पर करेंगे पढ़ाई, 26 जुलाई से शुरू होगा प्रसारण
19-Jul-20 Good old Doordarshan comes in handy for new-normal classes
15-Jul-20 प्रसार भारती ने उठाई सरकारी स्कूलों के विद्यार्थियों को पढ़ाने की जिम्मेदारी, रोजाना लग रही हैं कक्षाएं
14-Jul-20 Google to join hands with Prasar Bharati for edutainment series to help business owners amid Covid-19
13-Jul-20 Google on Monday announced partnerships with the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Skill & Education wing and Prasar Bharati, the government’s public broadcasting wing that runs Doordarshan
23-May-20 Decoded: Doordarshan’s rise to power on the back ofRamayan and Mahabharat
21-May-20 From ‘Othello’ to ‘Pazhassi Raja’, AIR’s iconic Malayalam radio dramas now on YouTube
16-May-20 बिहार: अब पहली से 5वीं तक के बच्चे भी दूरदर्शन पर पढ़ेंगे.
15-May-20 Some states have added ETV content to Doordarshan in response to the crisis.
14-May-20 In Andhra Pradesh, online classes are being telecast live on Doordarshan’s Telugu channel Saptagiri.
14-May-20 दूरदर्शन से पढ़ रहे हैं प्रवासी मजदूरों के बच्चे, देख रहे मेरा दूरदर्शन मेरा विद्यालय.
14-May-20 Nagaland commenced its milestone tele/online education programme of broadcasting video and radio lessons through Doordarshan and All India Radio
11-May-20 COVID-19: Fighting the communication war.
10-May-20 Lakhs of Jharkhand school students to attend digital classes through Doordarshan from Monday.
9-May-20 एमपी : मध्यप्रदेश में 10वीं 12वीं के लिए दूरदर्शन पर प्रसारित होगा शैक्षिक कार्यक्रम, ये है टाइम.
8-May-20 COVID-19 lockdown: Doordarshan, AIR to broadcast classroom lessons in Meghalaya.
8-May-20 MP: State education department collaborates with Doordarshan to broadcast education programmes for Class 10th and 12th.
6-May-20 Classes on Doordarshan for students sitting at home during lockdown
4-May-20 राजस्थान में प्रसार भारती के 25 स्टेशनों पर मिला 55 मिनट का निशुल्क स्लॉट.
1-May-20 Online Classes- Doordarshan puts all education videos in various languages at one place-Check direct link here.
1-May-20 Ruskin Bond, renowned novelist, to narrate his stories on AIR from today.
1-May-20 Doordarshan to extend e-learning to 5 more standards from May 4.
1-May-20 Lockdown impact | From May 4, Doordarshan to extend e-learning facility for five more standards in Bihar
30-Apr-20 UP Board to run special classes for Class 10, 12 on Doordarshan.
29-Apr-20 NewsOnAIR app grows 125% during COVID-19 outbreak, says Prasar Bharati CEO.
29-Apr-20 दिल्ली सरकार ने दूरदर्शन औऱ AIR पर पढ़ाई के लिए मांगा तीन घंटे का समय.
28-Apr-20 दूरदर्शन के क्षेत्रीय चैनल पर पढ़ाई की तैयारी
27-Apr-20 Prasar Bharati News Services acknowledges contribution of frontline workers.
24-Apr-20 Digital Classroom: Students to be taught via Doordarshan.
23-Apr-20 दूरदर्शन पर आज से ज्ञानदीप, चलेंगी कक्षाएं.
23-Apr-20 After Ramayan and Mahabharat, now Shri Krishna to return on DD.
22-Apr-20 लॉकडाउन के चलते घर से पढ़ाई करवाने को बढ़ेगा आकाशवाणी व दूरदर्शन के शैक्षिक प्रसारण का दायरा.
22-Apr-20 Karnataka SSLC students can soon attend revision classes on Doordarshan.
20-Apr-20 DD Bihar, UP, Odisha to Broadcast Daily Education Lectures.
20-Apr-20 Doordarshan in loop, Punjab students to take lessons on TV.
20-Apr-20 Classes on DD Odia for matriculation students during lockdown.
17-Apr-20 Govt’s flagship schemes get publicity on DD amid Covid-19 crisis.
17-Apr-20 Pogo partners with Doordarshan to air animated show Chhota Bheem on DD National during lockdown.
17-Apr-20 Education in time of Covid-19: DD, AIR will broadcast virtual classes through regional channels
17-Apr-20 Doordarshan, All India Radio Broadcasting ‘virtual classes to aidstudents’ learning during lockdown, Get Complete Channel list Here.
15-Apr-20 Use of ‘Arogya Setu’ coronavirus tracking app made mandatory for Prasar Bharati staff
15-Apr-20 Tune into AIR for EAMCET training classes: Minister
13-Apr-20 Coronavirus Impact: Prasar Bharti repackages nostalgia by launching DD Retro
12-Apr-20 Let’s past forward with Doordarshan in this lockdown.
10-Apr-20 Prasar Bharati on a COVID19 Awareness drive.
7-Apr-20 Ramayan brought back DD to centre stage: Prasar Bharati CEO.
27-Mar-20 Not just Ramayan, Mahabharat, DD to also re-run Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi during lockdown.
27-Mar-20 Prasar Bharati To Re-Telecast ‘Ramayan’ From March 28 On ‘Public Demand’ During Lockdown
21-Mar-20 How DD & AIR are helping bust fake news around COVID-19 and creating awareness