Indian Radio Broadcasting

Indian Broadcasting introduction(Radio)

Radio broadcasting was introduced in India by radio clubs in Calcutta (November 1923), Bombay (June 1923), and Madras (July 1924). The transmission has been done from the roof of Times of India building on August 20th, 1921. The first-ever license has been given for transmitting broadcast was on February 23rd, 1922. Lionel Fielden was the first controller of broadcasting.

  •  In August 1921 The times of India, telegraph and the posts department has been collaborated to broadcast a radio program from Bombay.
  • In 1924 Madras Presidency Radio club was formed.
  • In 1926 Indian broadcasting company has been formed.
  • July 23, 1927, The Bombay station of Indian Broadcasting Company has been started, making the beginning of organized broadcasting in India.
  • 1928, a small transmitting station set up at Lahore by Y.M.C.A
  • April 1st, 1930, broadcasting placed under the direct control of Government and designated “the Indian State Broadcasting service”.
  • In 1931, the government has been decided to close down the Indian broadcasting service.
  • January 1st, 1934, Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act. (1933) came into force.
  • March 1st, 1935, a separate office of the controller of Broadcasting created under the Department of Industries and Labour of the government of India.
  • On 8th June 1936, the Indian State of Broadcasting Service changed to All India Radio (AIR).
  • October 3rd, 1938, introduction to school broadcasting has been started as a regular feature.
  • October 1st, 1939, All India Radio began to give News Bulletins in five Indian languages ( Gujrat, Marathi, Pushto, Tamil, and Telugu) in addition to English Hindustani and Bengali.
  • 24th October 1941, department of information and broadcasting has been set up.
  • 20th March 1943, AIR converted into a permanent organization.
  • November 1947, Jalandhar station was open. Mahatma Gandhi broadcast from Delhi station.
  • October 3rd, 1957, Vividh Bharti inaugurated.
  • January 5th, 1958, Akashvani has been made.
  • 1967, commercial service of AIR was started.
  • July 21st, 1969, Yuva Vani (youth) service has been started at Delhi at separate Channel.
  • August 1st, 1975, SITE ( Settelight Instructional Television) has been inaugurated.
  • April 1st, 1976, Doordarshan was separated from AIR.
  • In 1977 experimental FM (frequency modulation) service was introduced from Madras.
  • In 1980 Frequency modulation transmission introduced from Bombay.
  • August 15, 1984, two daily educational programs of an hour each, sponsored by the University Grants Commission started on television.


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