Archive for September, 2006

BIG 92.7 FM launched in Chennai

September 28, 2006

Anil Ambani’s Adlabs started its FM Radio service in Chennai. Soon it will be launching its other South indian FM Radio stations in Pondicherry, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore and Mysore.Source: Businessline

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Foreigners eye a slice of India’s booming print media

September 28, 2006

Are they going to be in India in the field of Newspaper too?

“In his airy second-floor office above the clogged arteries of India’s capital, Raju Narisetti is explaining that reports of the newspaper’s death are premature. Narisetti, whose last job was editing the Wall Street Journal Europe, says that in India they are just being “invented”.

Born an Indian, Narisetti left for America 15 years ago and began on local dailies before rising to the editorship at the Journal. But earlier this year the 40-year-old decided to return to the land of his fathers to start a new business title for the Hindustan Times group, whose full-colour flagship papers sell 1mn copies a day each in Hindi and English.

Narisetti says he wants to be where the “action is”. “There are three countries where starting a paid-for newspaper is now possible. They are Brazil, China and India. China is not open yet, I do not speak Portuguese and India is, well, home in a way.”

Narisetti joined the Hindustan Times, whose profits rose more than 50% last year to Rs520mn, just after the Wall Street Journal agreed to supply branded content for the new paper.

“In Brussels we would be in meetings and people were saying ‘we have 2% growth’ and were getting pretty excited about it. Here people talk about 35% annual growth (in revenues) and we are coasting.”

Source: Gulf-times.com

IPTV to be launched from this festive season

September 28, 2006

India is going to witness IPTV soon “Trials for the Internet Protocal TV (IPTV), through which one can enjoy TV programmes on PC’s and surf internet on TV sets, are complete and the state-owned MTNL is all ready to launch it in Mumbai and Delhi from this festive season, but for some clarifications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).The MTNL would be launching the service for the first time in the country in collaboration with the Time Broadband Services Pvt Ltd.”

Source: Oneindia.in

Manorama News gears up for interactive show with ‘news on demand’

September 28, 2006

After a fanfare Manorama launched its News channel. But for me it is a big flop.  Like in Magazines and Newspapers they are trying to trivialise Television News too.

“Manorama News, a 24-hours Malayalam news channel that went on air on August 17, is gearing up to launch a weekly news programme on the lines of ‘News You Can Demand’. Viewers can request any story, segment or moment that they would like to view again through phone, SMS, email or logging on to the channel’s website, and the channel would replay the requested story.

“Rather than pre-defined stories to be chosen from, this could be any story, segment or moment that the viewer can choose to demand,” said Anil George, COO, Manorama News. ”

Source: Exchange4media

Web sites to finally get govt accreditation

September 28, 2006

Finally Websites too are going to get Government accreditation. Reports Rediff.com

‘For a web site to be considered for accreditation, at least one-third of its content must consist of news and it should be updated at least six times a day. It also has to have been in existence for over a year, and must have at least 10,000 pageviews a day.

Also, its domain name should be registered for at least five years from the date of application, and its annual turnover should not be less than Rs 2.5 crore (Rs 25 million).

‘In the event a web site/portal is found involved in any activity perceived as cyber-crime now or in the future, its accreditation will be withdrawn,’ the guidelines warn.”

Source: Rediff

NRS 2006 – Key Findings

September 28, 2006

See key findings of NRS 2006

The National Readership Studies Council (NRSC) released the findings of National Readership Study 2006 (NRS 2006), to an audience comprising the who’s who of the media, advertising and marketing fraternity. Press and television correspondents were also invited to share the findings of the study.

The National Readership Study 2006 (NRS 2006) in India is the largest survey of its kind in the world, with a sample size of 2,84,373 house-to-house interviews to measure the media exposure and consumer product penetration in both urban and rural India – and of course the estimated readership of publications. The study covers 535 publications of which 230 are dailies and 305 are magazines.

NATIONAL READERSHIP STUDIES COUNCIL

Constituted by:
Advertising Agencies Association of India
Audit Bureau of Circulations
Indian Newspaper Society

Source: hindu

Essel Group picks up stake in UNI

September 28, 2006

Essel Group, the company which owns Newspaper DNA bought considerable stake of the news agency UNI.

Indian Television Reports “The Subhash Chandra-promoted Essel Group, which is the co-owner of DNA newspaper along with the Dainik Bhaskar group, has joined the United News of India (UNI) board as a shareholder.

News agency UNI has shareholding from about nine big media organisations who also form the board of the news organisation formed in 1961.

Confirming the development, Essel Group senior vice-president Ashish Kaul said, “We are on the board of UNI now as a shareholder, but the quantum of the holding cannot be disclosed at this point of time.”

The other shareholders and board members of UNI include media outfits like HT Media, Times of India group, Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Hindu.”

But UNI staff is agitating against the take over of the Agency by Essel Group

Source: Indiantelevision

BBC plans to launch two TV channels in India

September 28, 2006

BBC is planning to start two Television channels in India, but it is not News.

Times online reports – “INDIAN viewers will get a chance to watch programmes ranging from the Teletubbies to My Family when the BBC launches two new television channels on the sub-continent this year.

The Times has learnt that BBC Worldwide, the Corporation’s commercial arm, is close to securing agreement to distribute the children’s channel CBeebies — in Hindi and English — and BBC Entertainment, featuring adult drama.”

Source: Timesonline

9 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites

September 28, 2006

See what this study say on Newspaper sites.

“We took a long look at the features U.S. newspapers include on their websites a few weeks back. In doing the research, we spent more time than is healthy looking at these things. So we figured we’d use this new found expertise for good and offer the newspaper industry some unsolicited advice on how to improve their websites.”

Source: Bivingsreport

Dailies add 12.6 m readers: NRS

September 28, 2006

NRs Report out, The Times of India as the most read English daily with 7.4 million readers. The Hindu has taken the second spot among the most read English dailies with 4.05 million readers. Hindustan Times is in the third spot with an estimated readership of 3.85 millionThe battle for readers is also hotting up among Hindi newspapers. There are now two dailies that have captured more than two crore readers – Dainik Jagran (with 2.12 crore) and Dainik Bhaskar (2.10 crore). The gap between the two papers has reduced from 38 lakh readers to two lakh readers this year, says the study.

Source: businessline