Doordarshan tightens belt for CWG broadcast

Pulling its socks up for the preparation of the Commonwealth Games, as the official broadcaster of the event, Doordarshan has tied up with Britain’s SIS Live for telecast of games in ‘High Definition TV format’ for the first time. SIS Live is Europe’s largest provider of Outside Broadcast (OB).

In the context DD’s preparation for CWG, a senior official from the organizing committee informed PTI that Ambika Soni (Minister of Information and Broadcasting) said in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha that the broadcast of games in India will be in both Standard Definition and High Definition.

The official told that DD will provide TV and Radio coverage of games. The right holding broadcasters will get the live feed of the coverage for widened broadcast in other countries. On asking about the preparations for such broad scale event, the official informed that the work on an International Broadcast Centre in Pragati Maidan is almost done that will telecast and relay the games successfully.

The official said, due to lack of technical expertise and apt human resources for the broadcast in High Definition, Doordarshan has outsourced the services of SIS Live. He said that for live coverage of 1200 hours of different games from different venues, approximately 1600 employees will work hard.

The broadcast of Commonwealth games will be received by more than 80 commonwealth and non-commonwealth nations. Around 2 billion people across the world will see this event in their homes.

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