Wednesday, June 07, 2006

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India to launch international TV channel

By Iftikhar Gilani, Daily Times

NEW DELHI: Indian government is planning to launch a new TV channel named “Channel Asia”, an answer to the CNN and the BBC in the international market. An “approach paper” prepared for the launch of the proposed “Channel Asia” says the trust would ensure that it remains independent and completely free from the government controls.It will have its own infrastructure and separate staff that has nothing to do with Doordarshan. Noted journalist Sayeed Naqvi, who has been doing a score of international programmes on Doordarshan, is tipped to head the channel which will have its correspondents in all important cities of India, Asian countries as also in the capitals of important countries.The government has earmarket a whopping Rs 350 crores for the launch of this channel.


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