Sunday, January 23, 2022

Olympics 2020 with Prasar Bharati Network – Coverage and Schedule

India’s Public Broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, is all geared up to cover Tokyo Olympics 2020 through its twin network of Doordarshan and All India Radio, and dedicated sports channel DD Sports. Extensive and exclusive coverage of the mega event will also be available digitally like never before, through Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) twitter handle and telegram channel, NewsOnAIR website and app, DD National’s youtube channel and other popular PB social media platforms.


As India aims for its best-ever outing at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prasar Bharati pursues the task of providing exclusive, authentic and LIVE coverage of Indian athletes and their performance in the event, being held in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

The telecast of the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be available on DD National on 23 July, 4:30 pm onwards.


Prasar Bharati, through its twin network of Doordarshan and All India Radio, and dedicated sports channel DD Sports, will run LIVE feeds and special TV broadcasts, schedule of which has been mentioned below.

The coverage spans from pre to post-Olympics and will be available on the Public Broadcaster’s TV channels, Radio and Digital platforms across the country. Details of platform-wise coverage are hereunder:

1). DD Sports

Different sporting events at the Olympics will be broadcast Live daily on DD Sports from 5 AM to 7 PM. Details of the same will be made available everyday on DD Sports and AIR Sports Twitter Handles (@ddsportschannel & @akashvanisports).

2). DD News

  • Special programme
    Monday to Friday – 7 PM
    Saturday – 5 PM
  • Special segments in
    – Breakfast News
    – Mid Day Prime
    – and News Night

3). DD India

  • Special programme everyday at 8.30 PM
  • Special segments in
    – Breakfast News
    – Mid Day Prime
    – and News Night

4). All India Radio

To access Annexure I and Annexure II, click here!

5). News Services Division of All India Radio (AIR News Network)

  • Olympics Quiz with AIR News: Daily in SportsScan programme since 1st July 2021. Winners from all over the country will get Team India Jersey.  This initiative is tied up with SAI.
  • AIR Olympics Special Series:  Daily Profiles of Indian team members in SportsScan Programme & Prime Time News Bulletins.
  • Daily SportsScan with focus on Tokyo Olympics and India’s medal prospects.
  • Branding of Surkhiyon Mein Daily Program between 7.40 pm – 7.50 pm as India@Tokyo Olympics
  • Exclusive News Stories/Voice casts: Focus on India’s medal prospects, Preparations of the team and support by Government.
  • Exclusive Interviews and Special Discussion Programmes in “Surkhiyon Mein” in Hindi & in “Spotlight” in English with members of Indian Contingent, Eminent sportspersons, coaches on India’s preparation, prospects and performance at Tokyo Olympics.
  • Cheer4India Campaign: Messages of Eminent sportspersons, coaches, relatives of team members, social influencers will be broadcast by AIR News and its 46 Regional News units in 77 languages, along with their sound bytes, video messages, selfies posted on our social media platforms.
  • Vox-Pop of citizens, former leading sports persons and influencers wishing the best to the Indian team is being highlighted.
  • Regional Publicity: Our Regional News Units in different States/UTs across the country are broadcasting news stories and profiles of Indian players from their respective States/UTs in their respective regional languages.
  • Social media platforms of the News Network of All India Radio across the country are amplifying the coverage by posting photos, videos and related stories through Tweets and Info-graphics in English, Hindi and Regional Languages.

6). Digital Coverage

Apart from regular digital updates on Prasar Bharati digital channels, extensive coverage of the mega event will be available digitally on PBNS, DD National, NewsOnAIR website, and other popular PB platforms. These platforms will deliver exclusive footages, latest news updates, profile-based short videos and podcasts, soft content, as well as LIVE feeds and clippings.

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