During 1975-76, the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) project started with an aim to provide education to rural people in six states namely Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa. Under SITE continuity plan during 1976-82, six terrestrial transmitters were installed at different places and Muzaffarpur was one of them. When INSAT-IB was launched, some more terrestrial transmitters with programme generating facilities were installed during 1982 to produce “Area Specific Programmes” and Ranchi came into being under the scheme.
Doordarshan Kendra, Ranchi was commissioned on priority basis on 25th September’1984 to accelerate the socio-economic and cultural development of the people including tribal of this area.
The Kendra is situated on Ratu Road over an area of 2.75 acres. It accommodates one double storied transmitter building, one double storied studio building and Director’s office in a separate building.
The Kendra produced “Area Specific Programme” till 2nd April’2002 catering to a single ethno-cultural zone of Jharkhand. On 2nd April’2002, the Kendra became a regional unit with its coverage extending to entire Jharkhand. On this very day, another remarkable event in the form of telecast of Regional News began from the Kendra. These two events were inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting of Government of India ,Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Programmes catering to needs of Women, Children, Youth , Tribal and on fields like Agriculture, Health, Music & Dance, Literature, Industrial Development were got prioritized emphasizing the state’s economy, culture and tradition .
From the day of its commissioning, the Kendra has made remarkable progress in producing programmes of high standard with State’s rich talents. Innovative & well Researched programmes like Krishi Darshan, Gaon Giraon, Swasta Bharat Programmes are being introduced from time to time with increase in the duration of transmission time of the Kendra.
MILESTONES OF DOORDARSHAN KENDRA,RANCHI
|1||25.09.1984||Commissioning of DDK, Ranchi with Area Specific Programmes|
|2||02.04.2002||Regional Service started, Regional News Bulletin introduced|
|3||30.04.2002||Health Magazine Programme”Kalyani-I” introduced|
|4||SEPT 2002||Commercial Earning started from the Kendra|
|5||07.10.2002||Health Magazine Programme “Kalyani-II” introduced|
|6||02.05.2005||Krishi Darshan in Broadcast Mode introduced|
|7||09.04.2012||Health Magazine Programme “Swasth Bharat”|
|1||24.01.2001||New Studio Complex with Modern Technical Facilities was inaugurated & Commissioning of DD-News Transmitter.|
|2||12.01.2002||An Earth Station was commissioned|
|3||02.04.2002||First Live Programme aired from DDK, Ranchi Studio.|
|4||02.03.2003||Digitalisation of Earth Station|
|5||28.02.2007||Commissioning of New Digital Studio (ASF)|