Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Credibility is the hallmark of the news aired by All India Radio, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has said.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee of the Malayalam regional news bulletin on the radio station premises here on Wednesday evening, Mr. Chandy said that the jubilee came at a time when the relevance of radio was being seriously discussed. The invasion of visual media did not have any bearing on the popularity of radio news bulletins. They were still being rated credible.

While wild rumours spread about the death toll in the train tragedy at Perumon in Kollam, AIR reported the exact figures, which was a great relief to the public, he said.

The nation was making giant strides in all walks of life. AIR should keep listeners always abreast of such developments. AIR should strive hard to sustain its credibility and precision, he said.

Organisational set up

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader K.Karunakaran, who delivered the jubilee memorial speech, said that the credit for sustaining the credibility and precision of AIR news went to its organisational structure and leadership. “AIR has an efficient mechanism to check lapses and take corrective measures. The ‘Vayalum Veedum’ and ‘Nattinpuram’ programmes were the two major contributions of the AIR,” he said.

P.K. Bandhopadhyaya, Director-General, news, in his presidential address, said that he would consider the listeners’ request to increase the frequency and duration of the number of bulletins. Computerisation of the news section would be completed in a month.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran honoured news broadcasters. Poet O.N.V. Kurup and director Adoor Gopalakrishnan offered felicitation. Deputy Director-General, AIR, southern region, G.Jayalal delivered the keynote address.

K.A.Muraleedharan welcomed and assistant news editor, Thiruvananthapuram, K.A. Been proposed a vote of thanks.