KOZHIKODE: Prasar Bharati on Thursday issued an order to continue news services at the Kozhikode station of All India Radio (AIR). In the recent order, Prasar Bharati has said that ‘the news unit at Kozhikode can continue with their normal services such as news bulletins and programmes as usual till further orders’. The Union Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting had earlier proposed to wind up the news division at the Kozhikode station of All India Radio (AIR).
The early order to wind up the unit sounded death knell to the Akashavani news department at Kozhikode, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year. It was proposed that the news department at Kozhikode would be shifted to Thiruvananthapuram AIR station.
M P M K Raghavan had met Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu seeking his immediate intervention in the issue. Similarly, MP Mullappally Ramachandran also wrote a letter to the minister requesting him to retain the Akashavani news department of Kozhikode region.
Akashavani Kozhikode was launched in 1956, rendering a prominent position to the news from Malabar region since then.
Currently, seven news bulletins are being aired from Akashavani Kozhikode. Current Affairs (Saturday), Newsreel (Tuesday and Thursday) and District Newsletter (on every alternate day) are the other programmes aired from Kozhikode.