Public Service Broadcasting Day being observed on November 12.

The Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed on November 12 every year. The day is observed in the remembrance of the first and only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in the year 1947.

History

When Mahatma Gandhi visited All India Radio in 1947, he addressed people who were displaced after the partition of Haryana and they were temporarily settled in Kurukshetra. On the occasion of Public Service Broadcasting Day, a special event is organised in the premises of All India Radio, New Delhi.

All India Radio

The All India Radio (AIR) is a public sector broadcaster of the country. The office was established in 1936. It is a sub-division of broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati. The AIR is the one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world when compared in terms of number of languages it broadcast. It is also the largest agency in terms of socio-economic spectrum and the cultural diversity the agency serves. The AIR delivers programme in 179 dialects and 23 languages and it has 470 Broadcasting centres across the country.

Recent contributions by AIR

India and Bangladesh recently, in January 2020, signed agreements in the field of Information and Broadcasting. Under it, both the countries agreed for swapping the contents. In the line, contents from All India Radio has started airing on Bangladesh Radio Betar and from Bangladesh it is being aired on All India Radio in Kolkata. Further, the AIR started broadcasting the online classes and other academic content In April 2020  to cater the problems of students during COVID-19.  The AIR was airing its content on the regional channels across the country through TV, Radio, TV and YouTube.