Friday, 1 February 2008

February 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008 -- After meeting some journalists and news editors of News X channel complaining against the management and its source of funding, the PIB released a statement by the I&B Minister Mr. PR Dasmunshi showing concern about the incident referring the matter to the finance ministry.

Friday, February 29, 2008
A meeting on the efficacy of TRP ratings and new solutions was held in the office of TRAI. All stakeholders attended the meeting.
Thursday, February 28, 2008The government issued 22 more licenses to new players, including Idea Cellular and realty major Unitech, a move that would bring in competition and lower mobile tariffs.
Monday, February 25, 2008Sahara Firangi, a movie channel of World Cinema launched.
Monday, February 25, 2008TRAI released a consultation paper on the Issues relating to entry of certain entities into Broadcasting and Distribution activities.
Monday, February 25, 2008Sahara One Launched Firangi channel aimed predominantly for the adult viewer in the age group of 20-45, both males and females in SEC A and B category.
Saturday, February 23, 2008Questioning Delhi High Court's single bench order to pay Rs 7.69 crore to Prasar Bharti as telecast charges, actor and teleseries producer Sanjay Khan's company has challenged the order before a High Court's division bench.
Friday, February 22, 2008The I&B Ministry has agreed to introduce a national policy allowing Headend in the Sky (HITS) system as recommended by TRAI where cable operators in non-CAS areas would be able to provide digital television at affordable rates.
Friday, February 22, 2008A meeting of DTH Operators was held in the ministry of I&B chaired by the Secretary Mrs. Asha Swarup to discuss the problem of shifting of STB technology from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4.
Friday, February 22, 2008ASSOCHAM and IPTV Form held a round table conference on regulatory supports for IPTV services
Wednesday, February 20, 2008The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in UK directed the Leicester-based MATV channel with asian content not to show the advertisement of a "Ganesh Rudraksh" pendant in its content not to show the advertisement of a "Ganesh Rudraksh" pendant in its present form as it exploits the superstitious and the vulnerable.
Monday, February 18, 2008The board of directors of UTV Software Communications has approved a proposal to issue 9.35 million equity shares to The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) at Rs 860.79 per share. Disney will invest Rs 805 crore.
Monday, February 18, 2008The TRAI recommendations on IPTV have been accepted by the I&B Ministry. Recommendations allow cable operators to provide IPTV services under the cable TV registration.
Monday, February 18, 2008A complaint of waging war against the state was filed in the district court in Chandigarh in connection with the film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ Following protests by some Rajput and Hindu organisations.
Sunday, February 17, 2008A 24-hour educational based Topper Channel launched in New Delhi.
Friday, February 15, 2008Yesteryears' actress Manorama, known for her comic and negative roles. She was last seen in Deepa Mehta's Oscar ominated "Water".
Thursday, February 14, 2008MTNL has announced a soft launch of its mobile TV service in the capital offering seven channels on GPRS enabled andsets. The commercial launch will be in April.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008ITV group has launched a 24-hour news channel “India News”.
Wednesday, February13, 2008Popular Hindi film comedian of yesteryears Rajendra Nath died in Mumbai after prolonged illness. He was 76.
Wednesday, February13, 2008Real estate giant DLF pocketed the Indian Premier League title sponsorship for Rs 200 crore.
Wednesday, February13, 2008TV ad unfair to girl child’: The Delhi government has objected to a TV commercial of ING Vysya Life Insurance which depicts girls as a burden on their
Wednesday, February13, 2008The Govt approved 25 foreign direct investments that included two from the media industry, Kid Media India for Rs 78 crore for a cartoon channel and Turner Asia Pacific Ventures Inc of the USA for Rs 85.01crore for up-linking of non news and current affairs TV channel.
Wednesday, February13, 2008Australian sports channel Network TEN has been awarded the five year overseas television telecast rights for the India Premier League (IPL), the Twenty20 format tournament promoted by the Indian cricket board, BCCI for a reported sum of $10-$15 million.
Monday, February 11, 2008World Movies, a 24-hour television channel and India's only international movie channel, from the house of UTV Network, is now on-air.
Monday, February 11, 2008Animation Player DQ Entertainment has signed a three-movie co-production deal with Percept Pictures Company (PPG), producers of animation movie 'Hanuman'.
Sunday, February 10, 2008Sadhan Mullick, one of the pioneers of Indian television broadcasting and former director of delhi Doordardshan, died.Mullick 86, was suffering from pneumonia.
Sunday, February 10, 2008Manoranjana Sinh, the chairman-cum-managing director of North East Television (NE TV), escaped unhurt when suspected militants fired shots at her vehicle at Nepali Mandir area in Guwahati.
Thursday, February 7, 2008A fund owned by George Soros has bought 3% stake in Reliance Entertainment, the films-to-mobile gaming company founded and owned by Anil Ambani.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008I&B minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced that the Film and. Television Institute of India (FTTO in Pune and Satyjeet Ray Film Institute (SRFI) in Kolkata) will soon be upgraded to match global standards.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008Sun TV Network announced the launch of a new FM radio station in Thiruvananthapuram under the brand “S FM through its subsidiary Kal Radio.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008Star TV announced that Shah Rukh will be hosting the Indian version of “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader”, the biggest reality show of the past year in the US on Star Plus channel.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008Indian spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced 'transcendental meditation' to the West, including the Beatles in 1960s and founder of Maharishi Channel passed away at his home in the Netherlands. He was 91.
Sunday, February 3, 2008Calcutta Telephones launched IPTV service with 103 television channels & free music channels in Kolkata.
Friday, February 1, 2008Rejecting the verbal submission of advocate general Altaf Husain Nike that print and electronic media be prohibited from “ propaganda” against Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the J&K High Court asked advocate general to move an application if he desires to serve notices “particularly” against the Kashmir Times and CNN-IBN.
Friday, February 1, 2008After meeting some journalists and news editors of News X channel complaining against the management and its source of funding, the PIB released a statement by the I&B Minister Mr. PR Dasmunshi showing concern about the incident referring the matter to the finance ministry.


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