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Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad has transformed from the initial setup of Television Base Production Center during 1974.

Television Base Production Center was established for SITE ( Satellite Instructional Television Experiment ) Project conducted from 1975 to 1976. This Experiment was envisaged by Govt. of India to Educate rural population by producing and telecasting Area Specific Programmes on the subjects ranging from Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Health & Nutrition and Adult Education through Satellite. Based on research villages had been selected to install DR Sets ( Direct Reception Sets ) viewing Telecasts. This experiment was conducted Andra Pradesh and other five states.

These programmes were telecast through “ATS – 6” Satellite borrowed from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA).

On successful completion of SITE Project, these programmes were continued as INSAT project and was telecast through India’s own Satellite INSAT.

Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble President of India, Shri N. Sanjeeva Reddy on 23rd October, 1977. The service has been extended to the entire state in phased manner by installing Terrestrial Transmitters of different capacities ( HPTs , LPTs, VLPTs ) at different parts of the state.

In addition to the Terrestrial transmission, Hyderabad programmes were beamed through satellite and Cable Networks.

Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad’s Regional Network in Telugu has taken a new identity as “DD Saptagiri”, on 2nd April, 2003. This service is viewed in India and some parts of the world.



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