On April 18, 1997, a new chapter began in the field of news broadcasting in Odisha. Odisha Television (OTV), which would go on to become the most popular news channel in the State came into existence on this day.
Shouldering the responsibility of free and fair media journalism and keeping up with the trust of the people of the State, the popular news channel has completed 25 years of news broadcasting today.
With the effort to present transparent, unbiased, true and high quality news, OTV has come a long way and continues to be an undisputed leader in the field of news broadcasting.
Its glorious journey began with the telecast of the final rites of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, the tall man of Odisha.
Since its inception, it has transformed from cable to satellite and from satellite to digital.
OTV continues to disseminate factually correct news that matter the most and interest Odisha and its people. It always upholds the policy of truth with the theme of ‘we report you decide’.
The news channel has brought a revolution in the history of media in Odisha. It has been standing firmly beside the people in all seasons and has become the voice of the suppressed.
Over the years, OTV has faced all the situations diligently and wrote many success stories. Despite all odds, it continues to march ahead with the unending support and love of the people.
Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of India Meteorological Department wished OTV for completing 25 years in news broadcasting and said, “When devastating 1999 super cyclone hit Odisha, there were a limited number of private news channels that were broadcasting the weather bulletin to give updated information to the people. OTV was among those channels. Thus I would like to wish the channel and its employees on this occasion of silver jubilee.”
Musician Pranab Patnaik said, “It is a matter of great pride that Odisha’s first news channel OTV has turned 25 years. Though there are other news channels now, people prefer to watch OTV to know about any incident. As it covers international, national as well as state news, people get to know all information around the world through the popular news channel.”
Ace para-athlete and gold medallist from Odisha, Pramod Bhagat said, “I have an intimate relation with OTV. When I had won first international tournament, OTV had telecast my news from Bargarh district throughout the day. I am closely associated with the popular news channel. I extend my greetings to OTV for completing 25 years.” BCS Bureau