National Broadcasting Day 2022

On July 23, India celebrates the National Broadcasting Day, with the aim of reminding people regarding the impact of radio on our lives. It marks the establishment of first-ever radio broadcast “All India Radio (AIR)” in India. All India Radio (AIR) celebrated the day by holding a symposium on Creation of New India and Broadcasting Medium in New Delhi.

The day is significant for India because;

  • Indian radio played an important role in creating an independent India.
  • Azad Hind Radio of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as well as Congress Radio helped uniting Indians to fight against the British.
  • Akashvani also helped Bangladesh in gaining independence from Pakistan in 1971 war.

Journey from IBC To Akashvani:

  • In India, Radio broadcasting services were rolled out during the British rule in 1923 as a part of an initiative of Radio Club of Bombay.
  • India’s first ever radio broadcast went on air from Bombay Station, in accordance with Indian Broadcasting Company in 1927.
  • All India Radio was established on July 23, 1927 as a private company named “Indian Broadcasting Company ltd (IBC)”. To mark this, National Broadcasting Day is celebrated. The National Broadcasting Day was created in 1936.
  • IBC was transformed into All India Radio (AIR) on June 8, 1936.
  • In 1956, Akashvani name was formally adopted for AIR. Akashvani means voice or announcement from the skies. This name was given on the basis of a “Akashvani poem” written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1938.

All India Radio (AIR):

It is a division of Prasar Bharati. Earlier, government was controlling AIR, but now it has become an autonomous body.

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