Narendra Modi Interview: CEO distances Prasar Bharati from row

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 3 2014, 00:40am hrs
In the wake of a massive controversy over Narendra Modi's interview to Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati today distanced his organisation from the row saying it was completely left to the editorial team of DD News to go ahead and telecast it.

Acknowledging that certain comments on personalities were apparently edited, the public broadcaster, which supervises the functioning of Doordarshan, said the free hand was given even though there were concerns that a "balancing interview" from the other side could not be procured despite best attempts of DD News.

Interestingly, Jawhar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharati, wrote to members of the Prasar Bharati board informing them about the circumstances surrounding the interview "as I see them".

The letter comes in the midst of a raging controversy over the delay in the telecast of the Modi's interview and editing out of portions relating to his observations on Priyanka Gandhi and his purported friendship with Ahmed Patel, a close aide of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Sircar, a former bureaucrat, refers to the "non-stop" calls, social media messages, e-mails and other queries that he has been inundated with to find out why DD "withheld the interview" on April 27 and why it "edited out" portions as was evident from the video clips that were now being shown by other channels.