Doordarshan News is India’s only 24-hour terrestrial TV news channel. The Prasar Bharati company board approved the proposal to start a 24-hour news channel in place of DD Metro, which was closing. This was subsequently approved by the Union Cabinet in an 3 October 2003 meeting. Its terrestrial reach is 21.6% by area and 44.9% by population of India. The channel offers headlines, weather forecast and much more.