The first phase of digitization of Prasar Bharti’s two wings Doordarshan and All India Radio requires an amount of Rs. 15.28 billion. This first phase will last till year 2013. Out of this amount, Rs.6.2 billion will be spent on DD and the rest Rs.9.08 billion will be allotted to AIR. Reports indiantelevision.com.
A total of 40 transmitters will undergo digitization in this first phase. Along with this, digitization of 70MW transmitters of AIR will also be done in this phase. Replacement of 34 old FM transmitters, setting up of 130 new digital compatible transmitters, 9 short wave transmitters and 98 studio centres will be done.
Year 2017 has been set as the completion year for the digitization process of both DD and AIR