DD National

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DD National
Dd national.jpg
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
Website ddindia.gov.in
DVB-T2 (India) Check local frequencies
Dish TV Channel 137
Tata Sky Channel 104
Big TV Channel 205
Airtel Digital TV Channel 136
Sun Direct DTH Channel 310
DD Free Dish Channel 1
Videocon d2h Channel 149
Cignal Digital TV Channel 88
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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 is government body but it has editorial independence.[2]


DD National telecasts around 401 episodes of Shaktimaan.

Prasar Bharati Board[edit]

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

Part-time members[edit]

  • 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

Sports broadcasting[edit]

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[edit]

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]

See also[edit]


  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". Rediff.com. 11 February 1999. Retrieved 10 April 2013.