Hyderabad: When private radio stations are gaining popularity, All India Radio (AIR) discontinued two radio stations on Saturday.
Hyderabad B Service was started on 13 November 1972. It was in service for exactly 49 years and 2 months. At first a 10 kW transmitter was used which was later replaced by a 20 kW one. This channel used to carry Yuv Vani programs for youth in Telugu, English Urdu and other programs in Kannada and Marathi. In the old days there was a DX program also in English being broadcast.
The first FM radio station to broadcast in the city was AIR’s Vividh Bharati in the early 1990s. In 2006, Commercial broadcasting|commercial FM radio stations were launched in Hyderabad. These stations are broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week with programming in Telugu language, English and Hindi.
Hyderabad has a variety of AM and FM radio stations. Two AM broadcasting AM and two FM broadcasting FM stations were operated by All India Radio (AIR), officially known as Akashvani.
After national lock down due to Covid-19, their normal programs were heard only for the morning broadcast (6.30-10.45 am). The afternoon (1.00 to 3.00 pm) and evening services (5.20 to 11.00 pm) were replaced by relay of Vividh Bharati Hindi Service from Mumbai. (without any local announcements or even station identification).
AIRs Chennai B Channel was also discontinued from today. Delhi’s indraprastha channel on Medium Wave was also discontinued a few days back. On 31 Dec 2021 the Short Wave channels of AIR Srinagar and Jeypore, (Odisha) we’re also discontinued. It is as per policy of Prasar Bharati to discontinue the old transmitters which served much more than their normal service period.
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