An Assistant Director (Programme), of the Chennai station of Doordarshan Kendra was placed under suspension for not telecasting the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Singapore – India hackathon. Doordarshan had telecast his speech at the Convocation Ceremony at the IIT but chose to skip his speech at the hackathon.
This drew severe criticism from the BJP as all the other other TV channels did a live telecast of the programme. Vasumathi who is the concerned official in charge of programming at Podighai channel of DD, was suspended and cannot leave the headquarters without getting permission from the CEO. It is understood that disciplinary proceedings may be undertaken against the delinquent officer but no further explanation was given.