Prasar Bharati ‘Reviewing’ PTI Subscription After Controversial Interview

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Prasar Bharati ‘Reviewing’ PTI Subscription After Controversial Interview

ThePrint reported that after the controversial interview of PTI with China ambassador, Prasar Bharati is reviewing its contract with PTI.

In PTI’s controversial interview, Sun squarely blamed India for the Galwan valley clash. PTI is one of the country’s largest and oldest news agencies. It published the controversial interview earlier this week.

ThePrint further reported that PBNS wrote to PTI Saturday, stating that it is reviewing the need to continue their relationship in the wake of “recent news reports” that it alleged were detrimental to India’s national interest and may have undermined the country’s territorial integrity.

Prasar Bharati, an officer of the broadcaster told ThePrint as reported by ThePrint that it pays the PTI over Rs. 6.75 crores for an annual subscription.

However, PTI described the backlash as unfair. It further told that the criticism of the interview shown from one side only.

Further, ThePrint reported that in its letter to PTI, Prasar Bharati has noted that the news agency’s actions have been contrary to values that it upholds as a public service broadcaster, especially those listed under section 12 of the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990.

Prasar Bharati: No Longer Tenable To Continue With PTI

Thus, the broadcaster adds, it may no longer be tenable for Prasar Bharati to continue with PTI’s services.

The PTI run by a board of directors along with its day-to-day monitoring done by a CEO. PTI started working in 1949 although registered in 1947.

An officer said, as reported by ThePrint, “The board is basically private media houses running on substantial public money.” The officer said that the PTI board does not have any seat for Prasar Bharti, reported ThePrint. The broadcaster, Prasar Bharti, is the largest funding of PTI.

PTI has a huge domestic and foreign reach. According to PTI’s website, as pointed by ThePrint, the agency employs more than 400 journalists and 500 stringers and puts out more than 2,000 stories and 200 photographs a day. PTI has exchange arrangements with several foreign news agencies to magnify its global news footprint, the website states.

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