Amritsar : The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has approved to start Gurbani broadcast from Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib on its own web channel from July 24, 2023.
The report of the sub-committee constituted in this regard was presented today in the special meeting of the SGPC’s Executive Committee (EC), which has been unanimously accepted by the members present. The EC has also decided to start SGPC’s own satellite channel.
Speaking to the media after the EC meeting, SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the Gurbani broadcast agreement with GNext Media (PTC channel) is expiring on July 23, 2023, after which the SGPC will start Gurbani broadcast services through its own YouTube channel and other web/social media platforms from July 24. He said that the SGPC received directive from Akal Takht Sahib to start its own YouTube channel, following which a sub-committee was formed and the process has been completed.
“As these tasks are technical, therefore, various aspects were discussed and for the time being, the sub-committee has recommended taking services of a company on monthly charges, which has been approved by the Executive Committee”, said Dhami. He clarified that the services being taken by the company are related to required technology, equipment, and staff, while the broadcast rights will remain with the SGPC.
He said that all the rights of Gurbani broadcast will be reserved with the SGPC only and no channel, YouTube channel, website, or social media platform will be able to broadcast Gurbani at their own will.
He said that the name of the SGPC’s web/YouTube channel for the Gurbani broadcast will be ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib Sri Amritsar’ and the logo of the ‘SGPC’ will be used on it.
Setting up the SGPC’s own satellite channel, the SGPC President said that in-principle approval has also been given to start this work and a letter has been written to the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting as part of the preliminary action. In this regard, a request will also be made to the MIB minister to provide an appointment to the SGPC delegation. He also said that since this work is technical, the services of experts will also be taken. “A systematic approach will be followed to obtain SGPC’s own license to operate the satellite channel. If it is necessary to set up a separate company for this purpose, then the process will be completed for that also”, said Dhami.