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Doordarshan earns INR 2.08bn in Q1

The public TV network Doordarshan earned revenues of INR 2.08 billion during the first quarter, ending June 2011, according to Indiantelevision.com.

Prasar Bharati, which operates both Doordarshan and All India Radio, posted total earnings of INR 3.29 billion for the same quarter.

The majority of Prasar Bharati’s INR 12.76 billion net annual revenue from 2010 to 2011 came from Doordarshan. The TV network accrued INR 9.44 billion, while All India Radio collected INR 2.57 billion in commercial revenue. Other resources accounted for INR 746 million.

The total net figure sees an INR 1.3 billion increase on the previous year’s net revenue for Prasar Bharati – of which INR 8.28 billion came from Doordarshan.

The public broadcaster however, owes other ministries INR13.05 billion for the allocation of space segment and spectrum fees as at 31 March 2011, according to the report. INR 10.94 of this is owed by Doordarshan for its television operations.

The TV network reportedly now owes the WPC arm of the Department of Telecommunications INR 4.47 billion for spectrum allocation, while it indebted to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a sum of INR 6.47 for direct to home (DTH) satellite transponder space.

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