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1 Inauguration of the Centre 15.08.75
2 Introduction of ETV Transmission 19.08.75
3 Increase in transmission duration by half hour 01.12.75
4 Introduction of Commercials in TV 01.01.76
5 Commissioning of permanent Tower and Introduction of Sunday Morning Transmission 04.07.76
6 Extension of transmission to three and half hours 15.08.76
7 Commissioning of the wide band microwave link of P&T between DDK Chennai and Mumbai 01.01.81
8 14 cameras / 3 step joystick remote cameras used for the live telecast of Rohini D2 Satellite Launch 31.05.81
9 Inauguration of teleclubs by Hon'ble Minister of I & B 15.11.81
10 Inauguration of National programs and color telecast 15.08.82
11 Hindi News discontinued by Chennai kendra 01.11.82
12 Extension of National Program beyond 10.00 pm 01.01.83
13 Studio I converted for color operations with ENG cameras 1984-85
14 IIT – Doordarshan Kendra Multilingual computer for color captions and super captions July 1985
15 Studio II converted for color operation 16.10.85
16 Inauguration of Kodaikanal relay Centre 14.01.87
17 A Special Transmission for Jaffna (IPKF) was started 22.10.87
18 Inauguration of Channel II at Chennai 01.07.88
19 Terrestrial Transmitters in Tamil Nadu are linked with Chennai (for weekdays: 1930 hrs – 2040 hrs) 15.08.88
20 Introduction of Teleprompter in News 01.09.88
21 Change of transmission timings in Channel II from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm 26.01.90
22 Introduction of local News Bulletin in Channel II at 10.20 pm for 10 mts 26.01.90
23 Terrestrial Transmitters in Tamil Nadu linked with Chennai for all Regional Programmes (Channel I) 15.08.90
24 Introduction of Afternoon News Bulletin in Hindi & English 22.10.90
25 Telecast of Parliament proceedings 03.12.91
26 Microwave to Kodaikanal delinked 09.03.92
27 Commencement of ETV regional network transmission 16.10.92
28 Introduction of Metro Hour in Channel II 26.01.93
29 Sports hour introduced 15.02.93
30 Satellite up-linking of Metro Channel – Country wide 01.04.93
31 Introduction of Regional Language Satellite Channels 18.10.93
32 Single Metro duration increased from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm 13.09.93
33 National Programs start at 9 pm 01.02.94
34 Inauguration of Studio complex of Channel II 19.06.94
35 DDK Chennai up-linked SRLS from Chennai itself 15.08.94
36 Introduction of Urdu News in DD2 19.08.94
37 Introduction of Sanskrit News on Sundays 21.08.94
38 Chennai Primary Channel restructured as DD5 14.11.94
39 DD 5 Satellite channel, day transmission started (from 10 am) 22.03.95
40 DD 5 News time changed. News advanced to 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm 02.07.95
41 DD 5 SRLS Movie Club started 18.07.95
42 Friday Tamil Film started 03.03.95
43 Live telecast of SAF Games 18.12.95
44 ETV 5 days a week Monday to Friday 07.08.96
45 “THIRUKKURAL” Couplets reciting 15.01.97
46 Direct relay of State Budget Presentation 05.03.97
47 “Tamil News” DD 2 Afternoon Transmission introduced (1.50 pm) 14.04.97
48 Permanent Earth Station commissioned 07.05.97
49 Introduction of Tamil News Bulletin in the afternoon at 2.30 pm (primary channel) during weekdays 15.04.98
50 Afternoon chunk 14.30 – 16.00 hrs regional transmission 15.04.98
51 Chennai TV awarded – THE ROLLS ROYCE AWARD for more commercial earning 29.05.98
52 Digital simulcast equipment commissioned 19.07.98
53 UPS for Earth Station commissioned 10.12.98
54 Conversion to Regional service from Network chunk from 1600 to 1630 hrs 03.09.99
55 Introduction of DSNG equipment at DDK Chennai 19.11.99
56 Tamil satellite service (DD5) converted to round the clock channel (24Hrs) 01.01.2000
57 Formal inauguration of DD Podhigai channel (24 hrs Tamil Satellite channel) 15.01.2000
58 Award for Best Telefilm produced In-house with Computer graphics 26.01.01
59 DSNG Portable Uplink system was made 1 + 1 from 1 + 0 29.05.02
60 Commissioning of Digital Terrestrial transmitter 01.01.03
61 Digitilisation of Earth Station 28.01.04
62 News Room Automation Feb 2005
63 Inauguration of PGF Madurai / Coimbatore 15.08.05
64 Commissioning of new 1 KW NEC Transmitter Ch#11 15.06.07
65 Commissioning of new DD Metro 20 KW Transmitter Ch#7 29.10.07
66 Commissioning of new DD National 20 KW Transmitter Ch#5 30.04.08
67 BSNL Sports quiz program included in the Limca Book of records for longest LIVE quiz program 22.07.09
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