In a last-ditch effort to save the fattened cows of socialism, Doordarshan and All India Radio, Prasar Bharati Corporation has proposed a return to the licence fee raj. The plan is to levy a one-time fee on each TV at the manufacturing stage. The ostensible objective is to generate greater revenue for public service broadcasting.
Questions: is this just a desperate attempt to keep a corrupt and inefficient broadcaster alive? Even with the funds will it be able to take on the nimbler cable and satellite channels? Will the infusion of funds help DD and AIR do real public service broadcasting or will it only stave off the inevitable end for some time? Do DD and AIR really deserve our money for what they produce?