From humble start to dramatic rise, OTV celebrates 24 years of spreading the truth

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Bhubaneswar: With the motto “We report, you decide”, the Odisha Television Network (OTV), the first and by far the largest news outlet in the state, began its awe-inspiring journey that very day in 1997 .

Today, OTV celebrates its 24th anniversary with a heavy heart as the day marks the funeral of The Tall Man, the late Bijayananda Patnaik or Biju babu as he was affectionately called, at the Swarga Dwar in Puri on April 18, 1997. In fact, The First OTV’s live TV show when it launched stuck people to their TVs with hearts filled with sorrow as the final rites of their beloved leader, Biju Babu, were performed in Puri.

Not only the leaders of Odisha’s political spectrum, but also the bigwigs of the national political arena also joined in Biju Babu’s last trip to the holy city after his body was brought in a grand procession since. his residence in Bhubaneswar after his death the day before, i.e. April 17, 1997.

From the super cyclone that ravaged Odisha in 1999 to the floods and the COVID pandemic in 2020, OTV has never deserted its viewers and has remained solid with Odisha for 24 years. The number of viewers and ever-increasing ratings testify to its spectacular success.

OTV has never deviated from its charter of conduct and has always presented the news in an impartial manner since its creation. In fact, he has been at the forefront of highlighting people’s issues and helping the government get its important messages out to the public through several popular news programs; News Fuse, Apana Eka Nuhanti, Great Odisha Political Circus, Asha Ra Aloka etc.

OTV has never sensationalized any news on behalf of the Television Rating Points (TRPs), but due to its ethical and impartial journalism, the satellite news channel continues to be well accepted by all.

However, the trip to the top was not always pleasant; in fact, it was filled with surprises and challenges that the government and the authorities threw at it from time to time. But OTV triumphed overall and dominated the race to become the state’s premier news outlet.

From a humble start to a spectacular rise, OTV’s journey since then has been rightly assumed to be “free, fair and impartial”.


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