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DD Podhigai is the Tamil-language channel of Doordarshan, the Indian public TV broadcaster. It was launched in 1994 as DD5 and renamed in 2000 (see footnote). It is named after the Pothigai Hills in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where Tamil is spoken.


1994–2013 1994–2000 2013–2019 2019–present
1994–2013 1994–2000 2013–2019 2019–present

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  • In 1994, Doordarshan launched a number of channels in Indian regional languages. They were originally numbered from 1 through 18[3]; they were renamed in 2000. (Most were renamed to the corresponding language; in the case of DD Podhigai, DD Saptagiri, DD Sahyadri and DD Girnar, they were named after hill ranges in the state where the language is spoken, while DD Chandana was named after sandalwood, a major produce of the state of Karnataka.)
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