The Prasar Bharati will shut down the traditional analog terrestrial TV transmitters of Doordarshan across the country to replace it with digital technology. As part of the decision, 272 Low Power Transmitters (LPT) including 14 LPT in Kerala will be closed down soon.

An official order issued by director of Doordarshan on January 12 has directed to phase out the traditional analog transmission and deploy the employees to various places for this purpose.

LPTs in Thodupuzha, Devikulam, Pala, Erattupetta, Kanjirappilly, Mundakayam, Adoor, Changanassery, Chengannur, Kayamkulam, Kottarakkara, Manjeri, Thalassery and Kasaragod will be closed within a month. It has reported that analog transmission in Kozhikode and Thrissur centers of Doordarshan will be phased out.

Though the order to close down traditional transmission in 272 stations were issued, Prasar Bharati has not introduced modern digital technology to replace it immediately.

Doordarshan has planned to phase out the traditional analog transmission with the launch of Doordarshan DTH service. But further action on it got delayed due to the dispute between engineers.

Surveys reveal that the viewership of DD programs has marked a decline with the advent of cable services and private DTH services.

Meanwhile, LPTs in Painavu, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kulappully, Attappadi, Kalpetta and Punalur are not included in the list which demands immediate closure. Some of these transmitters will be used for digital transmission of DD channels. At least five channels will be available through digital transmitters without antenna.

In some places, Ananthapuri FM owned by Akashavani broadcast their programs through the relay stations installed on these transmitters.

LPT in Manjeri station of Doordarshan was replaced to Akashavani FM station at Manjeri. Engineers of LPT relay stations was also appointed in charge of Akashavani.

Meanwhile, Prasar Bharati has not made any order to redeploy over 50 employees who are working in the LPT relay stations. ¬ - Matrabhumi