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Doordarshan News, usually referred to by its abbreviation as DD News, is India’s only 24-hour terrestrial TV news channel broadcasting in Hindi and English. The Prasar Bharati board approved the proposal to start a 24-hour news channel in place of DD Metro, which was closing. This was subsequently approved by the Union Cabinet in a 3 October 2003 meeting. DD Metro was converted into a 24-hour TV news channel, into DD News, which launched on 3 November 2003. Its terrestrial reach is 21.6% by area and 44.9% by population of India. In 2019, sister channel DD India become exclusive channel for English News and Current Affairs from Doordarshan. After that parent body Prasar Bharati’s CEO claimed that DD News will be “100% hindi soon”. The DD News mobile app for Android and Apple was launched on 7 May 2015 by then Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India Shri Arun Jaitley. The app aims to instantly communicate news on a 24×7 basis.