New Delhi, Sep 30: On October 1, 1939, the All India Radio(AIR) made its first broadcast for foreign listeners -- a Pashto service started by the then British rulers to counter the Nazi Germany propaganda during World War II.
The national radio broadcaster has decided that the 80th anniversary of the historic event will be marked by year-long celebrations beginning this week right up till October 1 next year.
The external services of the All India Radio, though began with the aim of serving the propaganda of the British colonialists, have now transformed into the "voice of India" at the world stage, officials said.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the AIR's first external broadcast next year, starting with tomorrow's cultural programme at Siri Fort, events have been planned all the year round, Amlanjyoti Mazumdar, Head External Services Division, AIR said.
The AIR's External Services Division broadcasts programmes that have a reach of over 150 countries through short and medium wave. As one of the oldest international broadcasting services that began in 1939, it offers news bulletins and other programmes in 28 languages. (UNI)