G – General Trivia of the Indian Television

WE all love the Indian Television and who would not love to read about some of the most trivial factors about the same. For the alphabet G, I would like to post General Trivia about the Indian Television for the #BlogchatterA2ZChallenge.

So here are some basic Trivia’s about the Indian Television, that I have collated after my research on the Internet.

  1. Doordarshan first Telecast its contents on September 15,1959. The Contents then were only Telecast either in Hindi or English.
  2. It was not until mid 80’s that the sponsored programmes were telecast.
  3. Until the early 90’s we just had Government run Doordarshan with limited number of programs that would be telecast. Prior to 1991, there were only two television channels, but by the year 1996, the Indian Audience were exposed to more than 50 channels.
  4. With the opening of the Indian Economy, a lot of foreign Media entered the Indian Media Scene.
  5. The first program to be telecast was Krishi Darshan on Doordarshan on January 26,1967.
  6. In 1972, the second Telecast Station was started in Bombay.
  7. Doordarshan as a National Broadcaster came into existence in 1982.Doordarshan was the only channel for Indian population with hindi and english programmes and a very few regional programmes. Later government launched a channel for regional reach called DD 2 and later DD Metro.
  8. Television Services were seperated from Radio Services in 1976. Until then Doordarshan was a part of All India Radio.
  9. There are over 900 Licensed Channels in India.
  10. Pratima Puri was the first News Reader on Doordarshan when it went first on Air in 1959.
  11. Most of the News Channels in India are owned by Mukesh Ambani.
  12. The first 24 hour news channel was started in the year 1998.
  13. By now there are almost 400 plus 24*7 News Channels in over 15 languages.
  14. Today visual entertainment is not limited to Television but also it has come down to your mobile phones.
  15. Colour Television was first introduced in India with the speech of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s speech on 15th August 1982, followed by the Asian Games.
  16. Hum Log was the first Weekly Soap and also the longest Weekly Soap with 154 Episodes.
  17. Dish TV was the first Indian Satellite Television.
  18. Shanti was the first Daily Soap to be Telecast on Doordarshan.
  19. Some of the very famous News Readers of the Doordarshan days are Salma Sultana, Rini Simon Khanna, Geetanjali Iyer, Sarla Maheshwari, Sadhna Srivastava, Neeti Ravindran, Komal G.B.Singh.
  20. Some of the famous personalities, who started their career from Television are Shah Rukh Khan, Irfan Khan, Mandira Bedi, Swaroop Sampat, Satish Shah. Doordarshan also gave us some unforgettable actors and even more memorable characters. That we can still live with.

These were the few General Trivias about the Indian Television. If you want to read more about the Indian Television through the eyes of a90’s kid then do follow me on my website.

This blog was writen for Alphabet G, as a part of the #BlogchatterA2ZChallenge 2020.

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4 thoughts on “G – General Trivia of the Indian Television

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  1. That’s a cute list of facts, trivia on our very own Indian Television.
    Still remember Salma sultana, sarla maheshwari for whom we used to daily wait eagerly for news dose. And how can we forget Shanti and fauji days?


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