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DD National

DD National
DD National's logo
Launched 15 September 1959 (in India)
Owned by Doordarshan
Country  India
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Sister channel(s) DD India
DD News
DD Sports
DD Bharati
DD Metro
Analogue VHF band
Dish TV Channel 115
Tata Sky Channel 104
Big TV Channel 205
Airtel Digital TV Channel 136
Sun Direct DTH Channel 310
DD Direct Plus Channel 1
Videocon d2h Channel 127
Cignal Digital TV Channel TBA
G Sat Coming Soon
SkyCable Philippines Channel 233 (Digital)
Cablelink Philippines Channel 243
Destiny Cable Philippines Channel 116 (Analog)
Channel 233 (Digital)

DD National (DD1) is a state-owned general interest terrestrial television channel in India. It is the flagship channel of Doordarshan, the Indian public service broadcasting corporation, and the most widely available terrestrial television channel in India.[1]

DD National does not have editorial independence and is controlled by the state and the ruling political party.[2]


Prasar Bharati Board

  • Chairman — Mrinal Pande
  • Chief Executive Officer — Jawahar Sircar
  • Member (Personnel) — V.A.M. Hussain
  • Member (Financel) — A.K. jain

Part-time Members

  • Representative of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting — Dr.Sunil Kapoor, Suman Dubey, Vikram Kaushik and Prof. S.K. Barua
  • Rajiv Takru — Additional Secretary
  • Ex Officio Members — Tripurari Sharan, DG, Doordarshan and L.D. Mandloi, DG, All India Radio


  • Vande Mataram
  • Krishi Darshan
  • Sanskrit Samachar
  • Samachar (30-minute early-evening national news in Hindi)
  • News (30-minute late-evening national news in English)
  • News for hearing impaired
  • Ramayan
  • News Digest (five-minute hourly news update in English and Hindi)
  • Suprabhat
  • Gora (based a novel by Rabindranath Tagore)
  • National Programme of Music
  • National Programme of Dance
  • Ek Kiran Roshni Ki
  • Byomkesh Bakshi
  • Tehreer Munshi Premchand Ki
  • Manthan (Science Magazine)
  • Galli Galli Sim Sim
  • Friday Housefull
  • Saturday Jubilee
  • Chitrahaar
  • Bioscope (serialized feature film)
  • Gyandarshan
  • Saraswatichandra (series)(At 9:30pm to 10:00pm from 6 March Monday-Satarday)
  • Hari Mirchi Lal Mirchi (series)
  • Pavitra Bandhan (series)
  • Hum (series)
  • Sanyasi (series)
  • Soni Mahiwaal (series)
  • Family No. 1 (series)
  • Sankat Mochan Hnumaan (series)
  • Awesome Adolescence Programme (temporary series of 25 episodes)
  • Awwal Gulookaar directed by Tanveer Alam, a muical show

Coming Soon

  • meher
  • Shaka Laka Boom Boom
  • Dishayein

Sports broadcasting

Usually, all One Day and Twenty20 international cricket matches involving and hosted by India are shown live in DD National. It also broadcast the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup matches involving India & also the semifinal and final matches.

Editorial independence

The idea of autonomy for the government controlled Doordarshan was first mooted when the Janata Party came to power in 1977 in the aftermath of Emergency when the Doordarshan ended up as the government's mouthpiece. The idea was revived when the Janata Dal took office in 1989. The following Congress and non-Congress governments showed no interest in the autonomy despite making politically correct noises about autonomy.[2]


  1. ^ "India's largest terrestrial network" (Press release). Associated Press. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Rediff On The NeT: Autonomy appears a pipe dream for Doordarshan". 11 February 1999. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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