World Television Day 2017: Here’s Why This Day is Celebrated Across the World
World Television Day is observed every year around the world on November 21. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996. The day came into being considering the increasing impact television has on decision-making capabilities of people. Also to bring world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and in sharpening the focus on economic and social issues. There were 11 abstentions to the declaration of World Television Day expressing their opposition, however, the resolution was passed.
The UN believes that the “television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.” The UN held the first World Television Forum on November 21 and 22 in 1966 where leading media figures attended to discuss the significance of TV in today’s changing world. Television was acknowledged as a major tool in influencing public opinion and world politics. UN websites describe, “Television was thus acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channelling and affecting public opinion. Its impact and presence and its influence on world politics could not be denied.” In the meanwhile, social media has been buzzing with ways in which TV has changed lives of humans.
In India, television is a huge industry with a wide reach and programs in many languages catering to a varying audience. In 1975 only seven cities in the country had television service in which general programs included agricultural information, health and family planning. As of 2016, India has 857 channels in total with over 167 million households having television sets.