National Broadcasting Day

On July 23rd, National Broadcasting Day is observed across the country annually.


About this day

  • On this day in the year 1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) started radio broadcasting from the Bombay station.
  • To mark this event, All India Radio (AIR), in New Delhi, held a conference on the Creation of New India and Broadcasting Medium.
  • In India, radio broadcasting services began in the year 1923 during the British rule under the Radio Club of Bombay’s initiative.
  • In 1930, the British Government took over radio broadcasting and the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) was started by them.
  • IBC, a private entity, was granted permission by the British Government to operate two radio stations in the country. They were located in Calcutta and Bombay.
  • In the month of May, 1932, IBC was permanently renamed as the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS).
  • Later, on 8th June, 1936 the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) was changed to All India Radio (AIR) and it became Akashwani in the year 1957.


About Prasar Bharati and All India Radio

Prasar Bharati is India’s largest public broadcasting agency and was established by an Act of Parliament and accords to the Doordarshan Television Network, which was previously under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Presently, All India Radio’s service comprises of 414 stations located acrossthe country and it reaches to around 92% of the country’s area and about 99.19% of the total population of the nation. AIR broadcasts in 23 languages and 146 dialects and in terms of broadcasted languages, the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves it is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world.


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