Sports Cell, DG: AIR facilitates the coverage including live radio commentary of various National/International sports events on the National Hook-up. For broadcasting the live radio commentary, All India Radio needs to acquire radio broadcast rights from the Rights Holder or permission/request from the organizers. Once, rights are acquired, appropriate arrangements are made for coverage of that particular sports event on the National Hook-up. Efforts are made to provide prior information to the listeners/public through print and electronic media about the live coverage of important sports events.
AIR empanels commentators in Hindi and English for the various sports disciplines e.g., Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Kabbadi etc. The empanelment of commentators is processed by the Directorate General, All India Radio from amongst the potential talent approved/screened by the independent screening committees constituted from time to time for different sports disciplines. Any potential talent intending to offer his/her services as sports commentator is required to approach the nearest AIR station with a request for audition in the specific sports event. AIR stations send the technically certified audition Tape/CD of the potential talent to Directorate General of All India Radio for screening and empanelment in respective sports events and language. Auditioned and approved commentators are placed by the respective screening committee in various grades such as International/National, Zonal and Local based on their performance. The services of empanelled commentators are used by AIR on assignment basis as and when required and due remuneration is paid to them in accordance with the fee structure of All India Radio.