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Bihar's all-women news channel big hit in villages

The news channel operates from an asbestos-roofed room with just one table.

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Updated:January 3, 2008, 11:57 PM IST
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Bihar's all-women news channel big hit in villages
The news channel operates from an asbestos-roofed room with just one table.

Muzaffarpur: In a state where beating up and killing of women after branding them as witches is common, an all-women 'news channel' is creating waves in the rural backwaters of Bihar.

'Appan Samachar' (Our News), an all-women weekly news programme, has become a hit in Ramlila Gachhi and over a dozen adjoining villages in Paru Block of Muzaffarpur district ever since its launch last month.

Unlike flashy studios of private news channels, its rural cousin works from an asbestos-roofed room having a wooden table, two chairs and a portable TV.

Its reporters, Ruby Kumari and Anita Kumari (both 20), move around Ramlila Gachhi and its adjoining villages six days a week carrying a Sony handycam, a tripod and a microphone in hand to gather news.

Later, they show a 45-minute bulletin on the TV using a video cassette player powered by a battery at the weekly fair in the village. The village has no electricity, no landline phone connections. The programme is shown once a fortnight.

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