Srinagar: Public Broadcaster Doordarshan is shutting ten analog transmitters across Kashmir as part of its wider move to embrace the digital mode of transmission.
The popularity and progress of digital mode of transmission has left the analog mode unpopular both with the broadcasters as well as with the audience.
Ten Very Low Power Transmitters (VLPT) running in Shopian, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Budgam and Anantnag will shut down permanently from February 12.
The transmitters carried DD Kashir to subscribers in various places of valley, which will for now be halted till a digital replacement is in place.
NL Chauhan, Director Engineering, Doordarshan Maintenance Centre told Kashmir Reader that the Government of India has decided to phase-out the old technology and switch over to modern digital broadcasting with added channels.
“It has been shut down in 300 places across India and 10 places in Kashmir” Chauhan said. “In future Centre has decided to operate five digital channels across India.”
Except for Srinagar, DD National, DD News and DD Kashir, was relayed, the transmitters relayed only the signals of DD Kashir, he said. For now the Srinagar towers have not been touched.
“We can operate only one channel through one transmitter but after digitization we can operate various number of channels,” he said.
He informed that a digital transmitter has already been set up in Srinagar which will be operational “hopefully within a month or two”. For the rest of places in Kashmir the timeframe for digital replacement has not been decided yet.
A high level committee of Prasar Bahrti will meet on March 12 to decide on the fate of remaining analog transmitters across India, he said.