Friday, 1 February 2013

February 2013

1/2/13 -- Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) went digital. Four of the prime MSOs (multi-system operators) in KMA -- Siticable, Manthan, Kolkata Cable & Broadband Parisheba Ltd (KCBPL) and DEN all hit the airwaves with channels in the digitalised mode.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram presented the Union Budget for 2013-14. Import duty on STBs increased from 5% to 10% and no concessions given to the Industry.
The broadcaster Neo Sports acquired the broadcast rights to showcase all domestic and international cricket played in New Zealand until 2020.
The government approved Multi Screen Media's (MSM) Rs 5.45 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) proposal to buy out the stake of its Indian promoters.
Upset over the government's decision to collect monthly subscription from the cable TV subscribers directly, a group of members from Cable Television Operator's Guild, Madurai staged a demonstration near the Madurai district collector's office.
13The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has appointed Shailesh Shah as its Secretary General.
ITV Network MD Karthikeya Sharma has picked up majority stake in private equity backed ad sales agency Cent Percent Media Solutions, a company co-founded by former Zee News CEO Barun Das and Amit Tripathi, who was heading the ad sales function of Zee News.
A crime show based on the teachers' recruitment scam involving former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and 54 others will not be telecast pending direction of the Delhi High Court.
Network 18 Media and Investments said it has received board's approval for divesting its stakes in Yellow Pages and AskMe as part of its plan to monetise non-core assets profitably.
Big CBS Prime launches Hindi feed.
Neo Sports Broadcast, a subsidiary of Nimbus Communications, has sold off its US subsidiary Neo Broadcast America to Willow TV, the largest cricket broadcaster in US and Canada.
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president & general manager –South Asia Rahul Johri was conferred the "CEO of the Year" award at the Broadcasting Industry Awards organised by the World Brand Congress.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) called for views from stakeholders on its second consultation paper on media ownership. 
Cira Media, a provider of content across TV platforms which currently has four English music channels under its belt, has appointed Aidem Ventures as their media sales representative. Clubbing TV, Juke Box, ROCK TV & Dancetrippin are the four channels which run tailor-made and extremely niche content targeted at the youth.
MSM has entered into a strategic tie-up with Eros International Media, India's biggest movie production company. MSM will co-produce and co-invest in films with Eros.
The Supreme Court issued notice to the Union of India, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. and the Delhi Government on a petition by Zee News Limited (ZNL) praying for quashing of three FIRs, including the alleged extortion case, against the group and its editors. 
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has proposed to earmark Rs one billion for development of community radio stations in the Twelfth Five Year Plan, of which Rs 900 million will be for grants or aid to help the CRS movement in the country. 
Social media websites Google, Facebook and Twitter have declined to share information sought by the government about individual users in India or block their sites.
Afzal Guru, convicted in the audacious attack on Parliament in 2001, was hanged in Tihar Jail.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has slapped a fine of Rs 522.4 million on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for abusing its dominant position as the cricket's defacto governing body in India while allocating franchise rights and international media and sponsorship rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. The penalty amount has to be deposited within 90 days and directions contained in the CCI order also complied with within the same period.
In a unique initiative, the Information & Broadcasting ministry held a live conference on Twitter to generate awareness and answer queries related to community radio. 
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) launched ‘MyIndia Initiative’, a major digital programme to reach out to the people in the social media space and disseminate the development messages by registering citizens as volunteers.
The Delhi police and television news channel Aaj Tak were directed by the High Court to pay compensation of Rs 6.5 lakh to a victim of sexual abuse for disclosing her identity eight years ago.
The Sam Pitroda Committee to review the working of Prasar Bharati set up eleven groups to work on various issues including the pubcaster’s relationship with the government.
NBC Sports Network has entered into a three-year partnership with World Series of Fighting (WSOF) to deliver live, world championship.
The district administration in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu has arranged for a meeting with cable TV operators to explain the digitisation process.
Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) went digital. Four of the prime MSOs (multi-system operators) in KMA -- Siticable, Manthan, Kolkata Cable & Broadband Parisheba Ltd (KCBPL) and DEN all hit the airwaves with channels in the digitalised mode.


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