Saturday, 1 September 2012

September 2012

1/9/12 -- The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has strongly criticised the I&B Ministry for never having 'bothered' to monitor the implementation of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, a central legislation.

Man Jit Singh, the CEO of Multi-Screen Media, has been elected as the the new President of the IBF.
Zee News has won the National Media Award on Voter Education of the Election Commission of India for its outstanding campaign towards creating voters' awareness in the Assembly elections January-March 2012.
Smt. Ambika Soni, Minister for Information and Broadcasting met the Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dixit, to discuss the progress made towards Cable TV Digitization.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) has signed an exclusive advertisement deal with the country’s largest spender on advertising Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) for its newly-launched Bengali movie channel.
A coordination committee has been constituted in the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry to ensure convergence of advocacy, information and communication objectives and strategies of the ministry. The committee will also remove bottlenecks in the conception and implementation of programmes, according to the Ex- Minister of State for I&B C M Jatua.
News Corp's decision to acquire Disney's stake in their JV ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has been given the nod by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Neo Prime, the all sports channel from Neo Sports Broadcast stable, has become official broadcast partner of the Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt promoted mixed martial arts fighting league Super Fight League.
The Bombay High Court has suggested that the BCCI settle its dispute with financially distressed Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited, the owner of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, through arbitration by appointing a mutually acceptable arbitrator.
Gopalan Kasturi, former editor of  The Hindu, died of a heart failure at his Chennai residence. He was 87 years.
K V L Narayana Rao has been re-elected president of the News Broadcasters Association for 2012-13.
Viacom 18-owned general entertainment channel Colors has entered into a long-term broadcast agreement with Times Group for its coveted beauty pageant Femina Miss India.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended till 24 September the date for comments by stakeholders on its draft amended regulations with regard to advertisements on television channels.
IMG, the global sports, and media company, acquired a minority equity stake in London-based Sports New Media.
Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp will have its first public float in India. Asianet Communications Ltd, in which Star India holds around 86 per cent stake, will tap the IPO market.
Deccan Chronicle filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the BCCI's decision to terminate the contract it had with the Indian Premier League (IPL) for IPL Twenty20 cricket franchise Deccan Chargers.
The Twenty20 cricket Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has terminated the contract with its Hyderabad franchisee Deccan Chargers.
Zee launches 2nd Arabic channel, to invest $100 mn in Zee Alwan.
Even as it refused to lay down guidelines for legal reporting, the Supreme Court has said higher judiciary could impose a temporary ban on coverage if it was convinced that reporting in a case was harming the right of the accused to get a fair trial.
The New York Supreme Court has ordered NDTV to file and serve its amended complaint (lawsuit) against television ratings provider TAM Media Research, its owners Nielsen and Kantar and their associate companies by 5 October 2012.
Propex TV, claimed to be the country's first real-estate web channel, has started its operations in Malayalam.
News Corporation has completed its $2 billion acquisition of Australia media company Consolidated Media Holdings, which holds 50 per cent of Fox Sports and 25 per cent of Foxtel.
In a meeting with TRAI chairman Dr Rahul Khullar, the LCOs were told there could be no change of `45 in the share of the LCOs in the subscriber fee as this had been cleared by Parliament. The cable operators who had come from different parts of the country and were led by A S Kohli of Delhi.
The Government has told local cable operators (LCOs) that there will be no relaxation in the sunset date for shutting off analogue and switching on to digital access systems by 1 November 2012 in the four metros.
Sports management company ID Sports has signed Multi Screen Media-owned sports channel Sony Six as the official broadcast partner for the third season of its cycling event Tour De India.
Turner Broadcasting System Asia will launch a multi-language Toonami channel early next year across Southeast Asia.
The government hopes to earn over `15 billion from the auction of 839 FM radio channels in 294 cities.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has strongly criticised the I&B Ministry for never having 'bothered' to monitor the implementation of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, a central legislation.


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