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5th National Public Service Broadcasting Day was celebrated by BES(I) on 10th Nov 2004, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The fifth National Public Service Broadcasting day which happened to fall on 12th November, 2004 was celebrated on 10th November, 2004 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi because of 12th November coinciding with the Dipawali festival.

H’nble Justice P.V. Reddi, Judge Supreme Court of India was kind enough to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. The function was presided over by Justice K. Jayachandra reddy, Chairman, Press Council of India. Shri K.S. Sharma, the then CEO, Prasar Bharati, Shri Navin Kumar, the then Director General, Doordarshan and Shri Brijeshwar Singh, Director General, all India Radio were the Guests of Honour at this occasion. Dr. N. Bhaskar Rao, Chairman, Centre for Media Studies and Prof. D.R. Ankur, Director, National School of Drama were the distinguished speakers.

The moment the President, BES (I) escorted the Chief Guest and the other dignitaries to the dais the curtain was raised and the back drop showing Gandhiji’s picture entering the Broadcasting House appeared. This was highly applauded by the audience. The function started with the Gandhiji’s favorite song “Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye…”.

Shri N.S. the then Ganesan, President, BES (I) in his welcome address thanked the dignitaries on the dais and the audience for joining the Society in celebrating the 5th National Public Service Broadcasting Day to commemorate Gandhiji’s first and only visit to Broadcasting House for live Radio Broadcast on 12th November, 1947.

The speakers expressed their view points on the importance of Electronic Media and expectation of general public from the National Public Service Broadcaster. All the speakers have complemented the Broadcast Engineering Society for celebrating National Public Service Broadcasting Day.

Dr. Bhaskara Rao talked of the model of Public service Broadcasting in terms of its values and philosophy and referred to the Supreme Court’s ruling that air waves belong to the public. Prof. Ankur stressed the importance of theatre and the role Prasar Bharati could play in giving recognition to this live medium. While Director General, All India Radio expressed his views on the rights of the Society and role of the State, Director General, Doordarshan talked about the contribution of doordarshan in airing programmed for the cause of Public Service Broadcasting.

Shri K.S. Sharma, in his speech reaffirmed the faith of Prasar Bharati in public Service Broadcasting and introduced concept of universal service obligation. He said that Prasar Bharati will be able to manage its problem of fund crunch by restoring to self financing if left on its ow. Prasar Bharati is reinforcing the role of Public Service by rising upto the expectation of general public. He assured that much awaited wish of the common man to get all the Radio and TV Programmes shall be full filled with the launching of Prasar Bharati’s DTH service.

Justice K. Jayachandra Redy in his address suggested that an engineering personal should also be one of the members of Prasar Bharati Board. The Chief Guest Justice P.V. Reddi termed National Public Service Broadcasting Day as a historic day in the history of broadcasting and also reminded the power of Broadcasting as conceived by Gandhiji after his first Radio Broadcast “This is a miraculous power. I see ‘shakti’ the miraculous power of God it it.” He congratulated the Society for celebrating this day every year.

The Chief Guest also presented the mementos to all the dignitaries on the dais. A memento was presented to the Chief Guest by the President, BES (I) to cherish the memory of this function.
The function ended with a vote of thanks by shri D.K. Gupta, the then Hon. Secretary, BES

Report : October-December 2004