DD India

DD India is an Indian English News and Current Affairs Channel[1]. The service is also aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, Arirang TV, DW, France 24, CGTN, VOA, NHK World-Japan, RT, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world as well as online and through its mobile apps. It became a full-fledged English News and Current Affairs Channel in January 2019 followed by a decision of the parent Prasar Bharati's board.[2]

DD India
डीडी इंडिया
Launched14 March 1995 (1995-03-14)(as DD International)
2000 (as DD World)
26 January 2002 (2002-01-26) (as DD India)
Owned byPrasar Bharati, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share572 (August 2019, BARC India)
SloganA Billion Voices
Broadcast areaInternational
HeadquartersNew Delhi, Delhi, India,
Formerly calledDD International, DD World
Sister channel(s)DD News
DD National
DD Sports
DD Bharati
Dish TVChannel 199
DD Free DishChannel 4
Sun direct DTHChannel 61
Tata SkyChannel 620
DirecTV (United States)Channel 2025
Asianet DigitalChannel 522
Rogers (Canada)Channel 908
VMedia (Canada)Channel 908
Bell Fibe (Canada)Channel 643

DD India, a public service broadcaster, has been the second most watched English news channel in India since 2017 after Republic TV. It became the most watched channel in February 2019, according to the Indian newspaper Live Mint.[3] In the first quarter of 2019, DD India and Republic TV have alternated for the most-watched channel position in the English channel news weekly ratings as measured by BARC India group.[4]


DD India, an Indian pay television channel that was launched on 14 March 1995 as DD International, is available in 146 countries throughout the world.[5] It was rebranded as DD World in 2000 and again in 2002 as DD India. It is owned and operated by Doordarshan, India's state-owned television network. The international broadcaster features some original programming, such as dramas, comedy-series, talk shows, documentaries, and re-runs of popular TV shows from other Indian television channels. In addition, it also airs some TV shows in other Indian languages, such as Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu etc.

In the United States, the channel was launched on 26 July 2007, and is available on DirecTV.[6]

In 2019, it was relaunched as an English-language news channel, as Doordashan turned its already-dedicated news channel, DD News, into a Hindi-language only network while the international version of DD National was launched.[7]

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