New Delhi, May 2 IBNS | 6 months ago

Prasar Bharati's CEO Jawhar Sircar has distanced himself from the issue that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's interview on Doordarshan was allegedly 'censored' and said the national broadcaster lacks autonomy, media reports said on Friday.

Sircar has reportedly shot a letter to the members of the Prasar Bharati Board.

In his letter, Sircar has mentioned about Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and said the 'young minister' did not greater autonomy.

In a statement, Doordarshan earlier rejected any wrongdoing and said: " "There was no deliberate editing or omission of any portion of the interview. Wherever editing was done, it was for technical reasons and during post-production. There was no interference or control from any authority in the entire process.Important portions of the interview were used in all the important bulletins of DD News."

"There was no attempt to downplay the interview, rather it was given wide pre-telecast publicity and also repeated the next day, i.e. on 28th April, 2014," it said.

Doordarshan had allegedly edited out certain portions from the Gujarat Chief Minister's interview that was telecast on Apr 27.

(Posted on 03-05-2014)

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