2/3/10 -- A South Indian news channel Sun News airs visuals claiming them to be of Swami Nithyanand in compromising position with a film actor – Ranjitha. The enraged public attack Sami ji’s Ashrams in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, a day after.
DoT allows 11 telecos to bid for BWA and 9 telcos for 3G auctions.
Travel Channel launched on Malaysia’s TM Net.
DQE gains by 35.69 percent on the opening day of its listing on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
BAG Films announces to launch its News 24 and E24 channels in Middle East.
EMMC which comes under I&B Ministry decides to monitor 300 TV channels instead of 150 TV channels were being monitored earlier.
Kudelski group completes acquisition of Open TV.
Rupert Murdoch’s News International owned British newspapers ‘The Times’ and ‘The Sunday Times’ decides to charge for their online editions.
TRAI releases consultation paper on tariff issues related to Cable TV services in non-CAS areas.
Star India launches Asianet Middle East, a dedicated Malayalam language channel for the Middle East.
India becomes the first developing country to chair the Inter-Governmental Council of the International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC) as Secretary at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Raghu Menon elected as Chairman of the council.
Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approves the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) at an outlay of Rs.5990 crore to be implemented by NIC over a period of 10 years.
Andhra Pradesh Police arrest 24 activists of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party for allegedly ransacking the office of Telugu TV channel ABN Andhra Jyothi.
Walt Disney Company enters into an agreement with Sun Network Group’s Sun Distribution Services for distribution of Disney channels.
Madras High Court issues notices to 23 TV channels along with two Tamil newspapers and four magazines, seeking their replies to the telecasting and publishing of the obscene visuals of Swami Nithyananda with a Tamil actress.
Google announces shut its China-specific search engine Google.cn and has begun rerouting the web traffic to its Hong-Kong based search engine google.com.hk.
Bharti Airtel announces to tie-up with Dow Jones to bring the Wall Street Journal as a mobile application on its network.
Star News launches a first of its kind reality show “Star Anchor Hunt” to find news anchors.
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has signed a contract with National Building Construction Corporation Ltd. (NBCC) to construct National Press Centre by 2012.
American Cable TV giant Scripps Network Inc announces that its is considering a proposal to set-up its global production unit in India.
Sahara Adventure Sports and a Consortium named Rendezvous Sports World win bids for two new IPL teams for a whopping $370 million and $333 million, respectively.
Bharti Airtel brings the latest version of Apple’s smartphone iPhone 3GS to Indian consumers while entering into an agreement with Apple.
Nimbus decides to leverage its small stakes in Nimbus Communications and Neo Sports Broadcast to Times of India Group.
Cinematographer VK Murthy honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke Award at National Awards ceremony held in New Delhi.
Bombay High Court approves proposed demerger of the regional entertainment business (R-GEC) of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL).
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni announces to set-up a “National Centre for Animation and Gaming” & “National Heritage Mission” to bring alive the memories of 100 years of Indian cinema.
Pune-based Intermedia Cable Communication Private Limited receives BECIL certificate for digitization of its cable TV services.
A political cartoon programme “Great Political Circus” aired on a private Oriya TV channel OTV creates furor in the Orissa Assembly.
US Cable giant Time Warner mistakenly airs Playboy Channel previews on the Kids on Demand and Kids Pre-School on Demand channels.
Dish TV decides to shift to HDTV within three months, to provide its subscribers the High-Definition set-top boxes.
Asia’s leading media & entertainment summit ‘FICCI Frames 2010’ kicked-off in Mumbai.
Essel Group decides to close down its HITS operations due to its unaffordability.
Facebook decides to set-up its first Asia office in Hyderabad, India.
TRAI releases a consultation paper, seeking views on whether to put a cap on number of TV channels in the country.
Dish TV completes rights issue, raises Rs 4.16 billion in the third tranche and Rs 7.24 billion in the first two tranches of rights issue.
Punjab Assembly passes a bill imposing entertainment tax on DTH services in the state.
Digicable partners with Preity Zinta’s IPL team Kings xi Punjab for the IPL-2010.
Bharti Airtel launches Airtel Digital Media Business to foray into media and entertainment sector.
News Broadcasters Association (NBA) reaches an agreement with IPL to show the IPL footage on news channels.
The Karnataka High Court restrains local TV channels from airing the “obscene, uncensored and private bedroom scenes” of Godman Swami Nithyananda with a Tamil actress allegedly-Ranjitha.
Tata Teleservices (TTSL) announces the launch of DIALOG, a product that enables customers to connect to the internet on their television set.
Sun Direct announces to show the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in high definition (HD) format.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry bans Fashion TV (FTV) for 10 days starting from 7 pm on March 12, 2010.
Discovery announces the launch of its TLC (The Learning Channel) application for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store.
MSN India launches a Hindi portal - MSN Yuva.
UTV Global Broadcasting decides to go with a law suit of Rs 500 crore as CNBC TV18 Editor Udayan Mukherjee for defamation and tarnishing the brand name and reputation of Bloomberg UTV.
Reliance Communications launches a new VAS application “socially” which will allow users to follow social networking sites.
More than 10 Indian Idol aspirants injured when a stampede broke out during an Indian Idol audition at Expo Centre in Noida.
Sony India announces to bring 3D TV to India.
The National Institute for Visually Handicapped in Dehradun announces that it has got permission by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to start India’s first radio station for the Visual handicapped.
Kolkata High Court passes an interim order, restraining Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) from airing a Rin commercial, taking on its competitor Procter & Gamble's Tide Naturals.
UK-based media house Independent News & Media (INM) sells another 7.5% chunk of its holding in Indian publishing group Jagran Prakashan for Rs 255 crore.
Sun TV Network launches FM radio station in Gangtok (Sikkim) under the Red FM brand through its subsidiary, South Asia FM.
The office of Makkal TV promoted by PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss ransacked allegedly by CPI (M) workers protesting its report for giving a murder angle to their leader WR Varadarajan’s death.
Hindustan Media Ventures files Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch an IPO.
I&B Minister Ambika Soni informs the Parliament that the Press Council of India is expected to receive a report from its Sub-Committee proving the malaise of paid news by the end of this month.
ITV bags television, online and mobile rights of IPL for UK.
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific launches Discovery HD, the 24-hour high-definition channel in India.
The Madras High Court restrains Mahaa TV and TV 9 from telecasting or publishing “untrue, defamatory material” against Prajit Foundations Pvt Ltd, Thousand Lights that was linked to the Kalki Bhagwan Trust in news reports.
Toonz Animation launches its new distribution unit in Los Angeles in the United States.
A South Indian news channel Sun News airs visuals claiming them to be of Swami Nithyanand in compromising position with a film actor – Ranjitha. The enraged public attack Sami ji’s Ashrams in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, a day after.