Prasar Bharati on Wednesday announced that there is no proposal to reduce the number of AIR Stations by setting up one powerful Station for each State and thereby saving huge expenditure. Power consumption of a single powerful Station is much more than that required by smaller Stations to cover the populated area.
‘According to the All India Radio Audience Survey conducted during 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2006-07, AIR listenership was 310 million, 340 million and 357 million respectively. This clearly indicates increasing trend of listenership/listeners of AIR. Number of viewers of Doordarshan are adequate in view of the large Doordarshan Network and the amount of public money spent on it’, Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, P. R. Dasmunsi said.