Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Sansad TV alongside Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The three senior leaders of the country will unveil the new channel from the Parliament House Annexe at 6 pm today, on September 15.
The launch of the new channel will take place on the International Day of Democracy.
Sansad TV will merge the two parliamentarian channels Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV. This decision to make a single, new entity was taken in February 2021 with the CEO of Sansad TV appointed the next month.
The new channel will air programmes divided into four main categories. Sansad TV will air functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes/policies, history and culture of India and issues/interests/concerns of contemporary nature.
Sansad TV will include Lok Sabha TV which has been running since July 2006. The idea of creating the 24×7 Parliamentary channel was reportedly conceived by former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee with the objective to apprise people of the parliamentary proceedings and what elected representatives say in the Parliament.
On the other hand, Rajya Sabha TV covered the Upper House of the Indian parliament and was owned and run by the Rajya Sabha.