DD News
TypeTelevision Channel
Broadcast areaAsia, Europe
HeadquartersNew Delhi, Delhi, India
Picture format16:9 (576i, SDTV)
16:9 (1080i, HDTV)
OwnerPrasar Bharati, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Sister channelsDD National
DD India
DD Sports
DD Bharati
DD Kisan
DD Retro
Launched3 November 2003; 20 years ago (2003-11-03)
ReplacedDD Metro
Former namesDoordarshan Kendra Delhi
WebsiteOfficial Website
AnalogueVHF band
Streaming media
National Informatics CentreWebcast NIC
YouTubeOfficial Channel

DD News is an Indian state-owned news television channel founded by the Government of India, owned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It is the flagship channel of Doordarshan. India's only 24-hour terrestrial TV news channel broadcasting solely in Hindi, and formerly in English. The Prasar Bharati Board approved the proposal to start a 24-hour news channel in place of DD Metro, which was closing. This was subsequently approved by the Union Cabinet in a meeting held on 3 October 2003.

DD Metro was converted into a 24-hour TV news channel, into DD News, which launched on 3 November 2003. Its terrestrial reach is 21.6% by area and 44.9% by population of India.

In 2019, international sister channel DD India become exclusive channel for English News and Current Affairs from Doordarshan.[1] After that parent body Prasar Bharati's CEO claimed that DD News will be "100% Hindi soon",[2] but is yet to be implemented because of availability of content to be aired. Special feature of the channel includes a Sanskrit news show called Vaarta.

The DD News mobile app for Android[3] and Apple[4] was launched on 7 May 2015 by the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley. The app aims to instantly communicate news on a 24x7 basis.[5][6]


Initially, after experiencing a partnership with CNN, Doordarshan launched a news and current affairs channel DD CNNi in 1995. DD was catering to an international audience via its DD International channel, and also providing English news, views, current affairs and infotainment programmings to Indian audiences via its DD3 channel.[citation needed] Its DD National and DD Metro channels were also delivering news content, and many private producers also had their news programs on DD channels. They converted it to DD Bharati on 26 January 2002.[citation needed]

Later DD again launched its DD News channel by replacing DD Metro in 2003 and assured its availability on terrestrial mode. DD News is India's only 24-hour terrestrial news channel.[citation needed] It telecasts over 16 hours of live news bulletins daily in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Regional news units attached to different Doordarshan Kendras also telecast daily news bulletins in regional languages. News headlines and breaking news updates are regular features, and headlines are accessible via SMS.[citation needed]

DD News also carries financial information about stocks and commodities, accessing information from the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in addition to leading commodity exchanges including the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) and the MCX Stock Exchange.[citation needed]

In January 2019, Prasar Bharati converted it into a Hindi news channel, while DD India was converted into English news channel.[citation needed]

Mobile application

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on 7 May 2015[7] launched a mobile application of DD News thatwill provide DD News a platform to instantly communicate news on a 24×7 basis.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ @shashidigital (24 January 2019). "English News viewership of @DDNewsLive was always high. It is now getting measured and reported separately by…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ @shashidigital (24 January 2019). "All DTH and Cable platforms are being advised regarding the same so that DD India is listed correctly under English…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "DD News - Apps on Google Play".
  4. ^ "DD News on the App Store". itunes.apple.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "DD News launches revamped App". DD News. DDNews. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. ^ "DD News App Launched by Prasar Bharti".