Indian Television through years ......

• Television in India started with the telecast starting in Delhi on 15th September, 1959. UNESCO gave the Indian Government $20,000 and 180 Philips TV sets.

• Regular daily transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio.Doordarshan

• In 1972, second television station was opened in Bombay.

• In 1982, Doordarshan as a National Broadcaster came into existence.

• Color TV was introduced in the Indian with the live telecast of speech by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 15th August 1982, followed by the 1982 Asian Games.

• Pratima Puri was the first news reader in Doordarshan, when it went on air in 1959.

• Hum Log was the India's first soap opera.

• "Hum Log" is longest weekly serial not Daily soap, with 154 episodes.

• The first animated film from India was "Ek Anek Aur Ekta", an animated short film released in 1974.

• The first Indian animated television series is “Ghayab Aaya”, in 1986 and directed by Suddhasattwa Basu.TV Ad

• Krishi Darshan was the first program telecast on Doordarshan in January 26, 1967.

• Sarab Sanji Gurbani was the first sponsored programmed on Doordarshan, sponsored by Texla TV.

• The first Show to complete 1000 episodes was Sony TV's, “ Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka”.

• The first Daily telecast Soap was “SHANTI ". It was telecast on Doordarshan.

• “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” of Balaji Telefilms in STAR Plus Channel is India's longest running television show till date,(July 3, 2000 – November 6, 2008) (1830 episodes).

• Zee TV was the first privately-owned Indian channel to broadcast over cable followed by Asia Television Network (ATN).

• Dish TV was the first Indian Satellite television.

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