NEW DELHI: A record over 160 million people tuned in to watch the live telecast of the Ram Temple Bhoomi Pujan ceremony in Ayodhya on August 5, resulting in a viewership of more than 7 billion viewing minutes across the TV universe in India, according to estimates by Prasar Bharti.
The information was shared by the public service broadcasters chief executive officer, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, on Twitter. The Prasar Bharati chief also said the viewership of 160 million was limited to the live coverage of the event by Doordarshan, which was picked up and carried by nearly 200 TV channels during the main event between 10.45 am and 2pm on August 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the ground-breaking ceremony.
Prasar Bharati had planned extensive coverage of the Ayodhya event. It had also aired a special live show from Ayodhya on the eve of the ceremony from the Saryu Ghat apart from continuous breaking coverage of events in Ayodhya from 6am on the day of the Bhoomi Pujan. Prasar Bharati has subsequently translated PM Modis speech in mRead More – Source