AIR empanels commentators in Hindi and English for live radio commentary of various National/International sports events. These include sports disciplines like Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Kabbadi, and so forth. 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. These committees are constituted from time to time for different sports disciplines.
Aspiring commentators intending to offer their services as sports commentators are required to approach the nearest AIR station with a request for auditioning in a specific sports event. Directorate General of All India Radio screens the technically certified audition tape/CD of the potential talent for empanelling them. 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. Due remuneration is paid to them in accordance with the fee structure of All India Radio. Same process of screening and selection is followed for commentators of both – sports and non-sports events.