Archive for July, 2006

Another turn on the Broadcast Bill story

July 27, 2006

This is another update on the Broadcast Bill story. Last week I and B Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi was adament on the issue of Broadcast bill. He was not ready to meet Media owners.

Now things are differrent. He told in the Rajya Sabha that the bill might undergo changes and be delayed.

So now it is confirmed that the bill won’t be placed in the Monsoon session of the Parliament.

Posted by Harikrishnan P V

Previous posts on this topic

Govt. to issue Concept note on Broadcast Bill
Government may relax cross media holdings restriction in proposed Broadcast Bill
Media barons VS Dasmunshi
I&B minister Dasmunsi hints at major revamp of draft broadcast bill


Star TV to introduce Product Placement in Programmes

July 26, 2006

All channels of Star India will soon introduce Product Placement to improve its revenues. Product Placement is the seamless weaving of Products of advertisers in usual programmes.

The start will be with Star Plus from August. The script writers of Star produced serials and other programmes will be informed to incorporate selected advertiser’s products.


The Zee – Star fight continues

July 26, 2006

For the last four years Star denied its channels in Dish TV’s DTH platform. Now it is the term of Zee to do the same.

Now Star’s DTH service, Tata-Sky, is ready for launch. Zee is putting conditions for giving their channels to Tata-Sky. To resolve that issue now Tata-Sky approached TDSAT.

Source: Business Standard

Walt Disney buys out Hungama TV

July 25, 2006

Consolidation in Indian Television market is happening faster than older days. Not it is the turn of Walt Disney and UTV Software Communication’s Indian kids channel Hungama TV. Walt Disney’s is buying 100 percent stake of Hungama TV. The deal is valued at $30.5 million [Around 135 crore Rs].Walt Disney India is also taking 14.9 percent stake in UTV Software Communications.

For more details go to and The Wall Street Journal.

Posted by Harikrishnan P V

Manorama News launch deferred to 17 August

July 23, 2006

Malayala Manorama newspaper’s News Channel MMTV will be launched on 17 of August. This is the Malayalam new year day. [Kollavarsham 1182, Month – Chingam First] More info in 

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Govt. to issue Concept note on Broadcast Bill

July 23, 2006

Government is softening its earlier firm stand on the Broadcast Bill issue. See what I and B secretary said to the Media Committee of CII. Now Government is planning to issue a concept note on proposed Broadcast Bill 

Posted by Harikrishnan P V

Are bloggers Journalists?

July 23, 2006

Are bloggers Journalists? Us bloggers do not think they are Journalists. You can even view a long report of the study. [PDF file]. The study is is done by Pew Internet. 

Posted by Harikrishnan P V

Raju Narisetti, HT’s Business Newspaper Editor

July 23, 2006

Raju Narisetti, editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe (and speaker on a Saturday morning Convention panel, “Spotlight on the South Asian Economy”), is coming back to
India. He is going to head HT’s new business paper. Read the interview did by SAJA blog here. 

Posted by Harikrishnan P V

Rajashri to enter Broadband content market

July 23, 2006

Eventhough Indian broadband market is too small companies are putting huge money in it. Airtel has already started expanding their broadband network and improving their broadband content. Now a movie maker Rajashri  Media too is venturing in to it. See the post in by Rajesh Jain who sold to sify during the hey days of dotcom.

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India Today, Bloomberg tie up for TV

July 18, 2006

Two more Business News channels are in the offing. One from India Today group and another from Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance.

India Today is partnering with Bloomberg for the business news channel. Bloomberg is a big name in the field of Business and Information. This will be the third channel from India Today group. Other two channels are Aaj Tak [Hindi News] and Headlines Today [ English News].

Reliance has already engaged Ernst & Young to study the financial feasibility of the proposed venture, the Mukesh Ambani-controlled group has appointed Prateek Basu, a former Disney hand, to spearhead its initiative to launch three media channels.The Observer Research Foundation will be the group’s vehicle for this business

Posted by Harikrishnan P V