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AIR All India Radio

AIR All India Radio
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Last updated:
2012-06-17 05:28:38
Country: IndiaListen to radio stations broadcasting from India
City: Bangalore
Address: 110001, Akashvani Bhawan, Sansad Marg
AM (MHz): 612
Genre: India
Phone: 044-24988786
Fax: +91 (0)11 2342 1956
Language of broadcast: Hindi
Description: All India Radio (abbreviated AIR), officially known as Akashvani (Devanagari: आकाशवाणी, ākāshavānī literally Sky's Voice), is the radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati. Established in 1936 it is the sister service of Prasar Bharati's Doordarshan, the national television broadcaster, today.In British India broadcasting started in June 1923 with programmes by the Radio Club of Bombay, followed by other radio clubs. Then, by an agreement of 1926 the private Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) was granted permission to operate two radio stations; the Bombay station was inaugurated on July 23, 1927, the Calcutta station followed on August 26, 1927. But already on March 1, 1930 the Company went into liquidation. Thus the Government took over the broadcasting facilities, starting the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) on April 1, 1930 (on experimental basis for two years, but continued in May 1932). On June 8, 1936 the ISBS was renamed All India Radio (AIR; also known as Akashvani since 1956). On October 1, 1939 the External Service started (with a broadcast in Pushtu); it was designated to counter radio propaganda from Germany, directed to Afghanistan, Iran and Arab countries. When India became independent in 1947, the AIR network had only six stations: Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Lucknow, and Tiruchi; the total number of radio sets at that time was about 275,000. On October 3, 1957 the Vividh Bharati Service was launched to comptete with Radio Ceylon. Television broadcasting began in Delhi in 1959 as part of AIR, but was separated from radio as Doordarshan on April 1, 1976. FM broadcasting commenced on July 23, 1977 in Madras and was expanded in the 1990s.

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