Archive for the ‘Broadcasting’ Category

780 Radio Channels in Another 275 Cities in the offing

November 18, 2008

Government is also considering FM phase III policy, which will add more than 780 radio channels in another 275 cities. This was revealed by Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sushma Singh.

Source: telecomlive.com

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Rajdeep Sardesai new president of Editors’ Guild

November 18, 2008

Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network, has been unanimously been elected as President of Editors’ Guild of India. Sardesai is the first ever TV editor to be elected to this post and he takes over from Alok Mehta, Editor, Naidunia Delhi.

After the election Rajdeep revealed his agenda as the Guild President, and said, “I have a five-point agenda to develop synergy amongst print, television and the Internet.”

Source: exchange4media.com

Asianet now owned by Star Jupiter

November 16, 2008

Finally that is official. Star Group and Asianet is joining togther to own its entertainment channels. Till now there were rumours in the media circles. In Kerala Communist Marxist party was writing articles against the deal in its Newspaper Deshabhimani [Great Joke].

Star and Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s Jupiter formed a company for this with the name ‘Star Jupiter Entertainment Television Ltd’ (Star Jupiter).

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TRAI seeks barring political & religious bodies from entering public broadcasting

November 13, 2008

TRAI is planning to bar political and religious bodies from entering public broad casting. But I do not understand how it is going to help. If a political party or a religious organisation is forming a company with their good friends in it and enter into broadcasting business what TRAI can do?

Are they going to intervene in the functioning of Malayalam Communications Ltd. [which owns Kairali, Malayalam Television Channel]. Are they going to intervene in the functioning of Jaihind Malayalam channel in which Congress Kerala Unit is planning to increase its investment.?

Let them define and solve that.

Source: exchange4media.com

Economic slowdown and INX Group

November 10, 2008

Rumours are around that 9X media’s three channel properties have been sold to two parties. NewsX to Bhaskar Group and other two entertainment channels 9X and 9XM to Balaji Telefilms. Market talk is that the founders of INX media Indrani mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea [ former chief of Star] will be leaving the company. This new development if because of dearth of funds during this economic slowdown.

Balaji Telefilms was interested in starting pan Indian entertainment channels and regional channels for a while now. Is it true? With in days we will be knowing that. INX Group is having two companies, INX Media and INX News.

Source: exchange4media.com

BBC chief quits, presenter suspended over offensive prank

October 31, 2008

See what happened in BBC Radio.

This should be a lesson for those who present Live shows in our Television anc Radio Channels.

BBC chief quits, presenter suspended over offensive prank

LONDON: The boss of the BBC’s most popular radio station quit Thursday over offensive on-air comments by two top presenters which have unleashed a
political storm in Britain

Source: economictimes.com

News on FM Radio Soon?

September 20, 2007

Soon we may get we can listen news while we move. Exchange4media says ‘News may be allowed on private FM radio under a watchdog’s vigil’.

“It’s looking brighter for the Indian private FM radio players who were fighting hard to get approval to air news and current affairs on their channels.”

Related stories:

Broadcast bill may look at news on pvt FM channels
I&B Minister rules out news and current affairs on FM radio
I&B Ministry open to allowing news and current affairs on FM radio

Source: exchange4media

After Bangalore, Radio Indigo kicks off in Goa

June 29, 2007

June 29 2007: Radio Indigo, the FM venture of Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s Jupiter Capital, kicked off in Goa after launching its first station in Bangalore in September 2006. Radio Indigo is the only FM station in the country solely dedicated to playing international music round the clock, defying the admonition of marketers and media buyers.

Like Bangalore, the Goa station will also target the upwardly mobile, globally exposed, open minded upmarket listeners.

Speaking about the launch, Sanjay Prabhu – Director and Chief Operating Officer, Radio Indigo, said, “Goa has an inherited international music legacy. Radio Indigo will nurture that love for International music.”

Source: exchange4media

Govt to bring Broadcasting bill in next session of Par: Dasmunsi

May 7, 2007

New Delhi, May 3: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi today criticised themedia for indulging in ”human trafficking” by repeatedly showing the Shilp Shetty-Richard Gere episodeand said that a Comprehensive Broadcasting Regulatory Bill would be brought in the next session ofParliament.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Gender Equality in Indian Media’ organised by theMinistry of Women and Child Development to mark the World Press Freedom Day, Mr Dasmunsi said theComprehensive Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill has already been prepared by his ministry and isnow being sent for inter-ministerial debate by the end of this session. So, the bill may come before theParliament in the next session, he informed.

Source: Indiantelevision

Doordarshan to start VSAT nodes in 70 locations

April 9, 2007

Not VSAT network for Doordarsan

Doordarsan is introducing its own VSAT network for news gathering. It will connect 70 locations.

Apart from this Doordarshan is planning to start  a pilot project in high definition telecition[HDTV] and digital transmission technology. Reports Hindu Businessline