Doordarshan News, commonly known by its abbreviation as DD News. It is India's only 24-hour terrestrial (broadcast without satellite) TV news channel. The Prasar Bharati Company Board proposed that DD News approve to start a 24-hour news channel in place of DD Metro, which was about to be closed. It was later approved by the Union Cabinet at the October 3, 2003 meeting.
DD News is India's only terrestrial cum satellite news channel. Being the public service broadcaster news channel of India, it is successfully discharging its responsibility to carry various views as well as to deliver sensational, balanced, fair and accurate news. DD News was launched on November 3, 2003 as a 24-hour news channel in place of DD Metro Channel. Its satellite broadcast is available across the country. DD News has access to 49% of the country's population and 25% of geographical area through terrestrial communication.
DD News currently broadcasts news in Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit languages. It includes broadcasting over 30 news bulletins in 17 different languages through live broadcasts. In addition, 14 regional news units of DD News are broadcasting four regional programs a day which are broadcast on DD News. DD News Channel broadcasts three sports bulletins, one trade news and one daily current affairs program every day.
The news channel also broadcasts special shows on health, youth issues, cinema, arts and cultural schemes, communal harmony, employment opportunities, international events, market development and more. The news channel also shows 24 hours of news, stock updates (BSE / NSE) in Hindi and English by Scroll.
The news arm of DD News also makes news for its associate channels, DD National, DD India and DD Urdu. DD News produces five news bulletins in Hindi and English of 15 minutes duration daily for DD National Channel by News Department of Doordarshan News. Recently the DD News Department has started creating 10 live bulletins and news scrolls for DD Urdu. Currently, DD News has 29 functioning regional news units and bureaus which are broadcasting more than 100 news bulletins in 22 languages/dialects.
Three new regional news units - Panaji, Shillong and Leh - were introduced in the financial years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Regional news units do the job of reporting, video archiving and special programming in addition to producing news for DD News. DD News is also very active on social media platforms. Gives news and messages round the clock on its Twitter handle @DDNewsLive. DD News's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/DDNewsOfficial is uploading news headlines, videos and special programs for users at regular intervals.