Sansad TV – UPSC Prelims

  • The government of India has announced the merger of the Lok Sabha TV and the Rajya Sabha TV. The channels from now on will be known as Sansad TV.
  • The Lok Sabha TV has been in operation since 2006. It was the first Parliamentary channel of India.
  • The RSTV was launched in 2011.
  • The Union Budget allocates funds for the running of channels. The RSTV had bigger budget and employed more people than the LSTV.
  • In 2019, a committee was set up under former Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash to look into the merger of two channels.
  • The merger is being done to avoid duplicity of efforts, resources. Further, establishing Sansad TV will also reduce the financial burden.
Recommendations of the Surya Prakash panel:
  • The committee has suggested that a merged Sansad TV should have two separate channels— Sansad 1 and Sansad 2.
  • One channel will telecast the live proceedings of the Lok Sabha. On the other hand, the other channel will telecast the live proceedings of the Rajya Sabha.
  • When Parliament is not in session, the first channel can air Hindi content and the second channel can air English content. This will result in better branding and increased viewership of Sansad TV.
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