Patna, (BiharTimes): The All India Radio, Patna, officially known as Akashvani, completed 50 years of its journey on December 28. Though it was established in the year 1948, its news wing started functioning in the year 1959. The first provincial news (Pradeshik Samachar) bulletin was broadcast on December 28, 1959 at 7 pm, which was of five-minute duration. Later it shifted to 7:30 PM with 10-minute news in Hindi. In the pre-television age it was the lone source of news and information to the masses, especially the rural folk.
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