Archive for December, 2006

CNN-IBN set to mop up Rs 100 cr via IPO

December 22, 2006

Bangalore, 22 December, 2006: Global Broadcasting News which owns CNN-IBN and Hindi Television Channel IBN 7 is planning for a Initial Public Offering. The IPO will be for Rs. 100 Crore. The company is planning to place the IPO by 2007 January.Rs.5 crore is reserved for employees. Rs.40 crores of the money raised will be used to complete the acquisition of Channel 7 (now IBN7) from the Jagaran Group.

TV-18 and its promoters own 67 percent of CNN-IBN, 23 percent is owned by Global Broadcasting News, while IL&FS owns the remaining 10 percent. The channel was launched a little over a year ago.

CNN-IBN is planning to increase its Citizen Journalism Initiatives in the coming months. I feel that this after seeing the social participation in the Internet world. See what people search on internet.

CNN-IBN’s news website ibnlive.com, though, is now with Web18 which is expected to list in 2007.

Source: business-standard.com

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Radio Netherlands exploring Indian radio market to provide content to broadcasters

December 22, 2006

December 22: Now foreign Radio Companies are trying to sell their content to india. This is a reflection of booming Indian Radio market.

Now Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW), a Dutch world broadcaster and multimedia organisation, is exploring the Indian radio market to provide high quality content to broadcasters. The content ranges from music to science and development, as well as general documentaries.

Source: exchange4media.com

BSNL to provide 2 MB broadband at Rs 250

December 22, 2006

Thursday, December 21 2006: State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) today announced it will provide broadband up to 2 MB at Rs 250 per month from January 1, 2007.

Till now the bandwidth was available to broadband customers at 256 Kbps, which has been increased by almost eight times now, an official statement said here.

While download has been increased by 2.5 times at almost half the cost, about 8.2 lakh customers will be upgraded for the speed up to 2 Mbps, the statement added.

Source: Oneindia.in

What Google Can’t Do

December 22, 2006

Search comes up short delivering video, pics, even text. Meet the startups trying to fix that.

December 25, 2006: Ever try typing your grandfather’s name into Google images? Unless he’s famous, you’ll probably find yourself staring at photos of people you don’t know.

But if Sweden’s Polar Rose lives up to its promise, it will soon become easy to find stills of family members and friends on the Net. Polar Rose, which emerged from stealth mode in December, uses 3D and face-recognition technology that it claims can single out Grandpa from other family members in a photo posted on a web site, even if he’s not directly facing the camera.

Before long, the technology could be incorporated in mobiles and combined with other services. Recognize someone at a conference? Just snap a photo, send it in, and within minutes receive details on the person’s identity.

Source: redherring.com

Dish TV poised to spark price war by halving DTH rates

December 22, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006: Just days short of the mandatory implementation of the conditional access system (CAS) in the four metros on January 1, 2007, the Subhash Chandra-floated direct-to-home (DTH) service provider, Dish TV, plans to slash prices 49%, from Rs 2,950 to Rs 1,500 (including Rs 200 installation charge). The announcement will be made shortly.

India’s only other nationwide DTH player Tata Sky—the 74:26 JV between the Tatas and the Star group—may be forced to follow suit since it sells a DTH connection at Rs 3,999. Doordarshan’s DD Direct airs free-to-air channels at Rs 77-plus taxes a month

Source: financialexpress.com

News channels may share infrastructure

December 22, 2006

MUMBAI: PTI of Television News Channels is coming. TV News Channels are planning to form a TV News Agency on the lines of Press Trust of India. The news item says, Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Zee Group confirmed the move.

But I feel this is a loss for Subhash Chandra. He could have strengthened UNI with a powerful Video news arm. Let us see what happens next.

Source: agencyfaqs.com

FM radio launches educational channel

December 22, 2006

Gyanvani, an educational FM radio channel with 23 FM stations across the country, has launched its 24th station here.

Gyanvani has FM stations spread across from Allahabad to Chennai and the network is slated to expand to a total of 40 stations. Pune and Aurangabad will be the next FM stations, a release from Gyanvani said.

Source: business-standard.com

Social networking sites top the list this year’s most searched queries Google

December 20, 2006

And this shows the popularity of Social Networking.Read what Google says.Social networking sites top the list this year’s most searched queries Google announced its annual Zeitgeist, featuring lists and charts of the most popular and fastest-rising global search terms that people have typed into Google.com.

If you’re interested in revisiting this year’s top scandals, or learning who wins in a Suri vs. Shiloh face-off, or which sport is most popular – visit this page  to read all about what spurred people’s collective curiosity in 2006.T

his year’s Google Zeitgeist reveals the following trends: What’s hot: the who, what and how of what’s being searched Current events: top searched scandals, political figures and global regions Milestones: most searched divorces, weddings, deaths and births of 2006 Entertainment: what movies and TV shows were hot this year Sports: top searched sporting events, who retired and whose jerseys were most sought after Google representatives would be happy to talk with you about this year’s top Web culture trends.

Source: Google

Russians do in blogs what few can in media argue

December 20, 2006

MOSCOW, Dec 18: Free and open debate has become a rarity in Russia’s media which is mostly controlled by the state or business moguls.

In a country where three high-profile journalists have been murdered since 1991, many believe speaking out can cost you your life.

So many independent thinkers escape to a virtual space free of vested interests where anonymity goes hand in hand with a worldwide reach — personal online journals or blogs.

”In the West, you don’t need to look for some additional place where you can discuss politics, books, different events,” blogger and sociologist Ekaterina Alyabyeva said.

Source: news.oneindia.in

Americans use TV, other media 10 hrs a day: Census

December 20, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Americans will spend nearly 10 hours a day watching television, surfing the Internet, reading books, newspapers and magazines and listening to music this year, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Friday.

In its “Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007” released on Friday, the agency also noted that Americans drink about a gallon of soda a week, along with a half gallon each of milk, bottled water, coffee and beer.

All of which may help explain another figure in the pages of the 1,300-page book of tables and statistics: About two-thirds of Americans are overweight, including one-third of whom are obese.

Source: Reuters.com