PB to shut down AIR’s national channel, regional training academies in five cities

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided to close down All India Radio’s (AIR) national channel and its regional training academies in five cities as part of cost-cutting measures and to rationalise services.

As per the order issued by the AIR Directorate General, the programme, technical, ministerial and other staff posted at National Channel in Todapur and Nagpur etc, apart from those working at Regional Academies of Broadcasting and Multimedia (RABMs) in five cities, may be posted as per the requirement of the organisation.

In order to “rationalise AIR services and keeping in view of the cost-cutting measures”, it has been decided by Prasar Bharati and communicated to DG AIR on December 24, 2018, to close down the national channel of AIR and RABMs located at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Shillong and Thiruvananthapuram with immediate effect, it said.

The order stated that the programmes of archival value maintained by national channel should be sent to the central archives in Delhi for digitisation and preservation for posterity.

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