Friday, 1 March 2013

March 2013

2/3/13 -- The Bombay High Court came down on the State Government for not recovering dues of Rs 77.9 million from cricket's richest body, the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice Markanday Katju has reiterated his demand for bringing electronic media under the Council's ambit contending that self-regulation is not workable.
Fox Sports has signed a multiyear deal with Dorna Sports for broadcast rights to motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP World Championship.
Parliamentary Committee wants Prasar Bharati to recover Rs 34 million from BCCI.
Prasar Bharati, which has not had any senior-level recruitment since it came into being in September 1997, has finally advertised for filling 1166 posts.
Fearing a huge impact on their revenue models, TV news broadcasters have urged the government not to implement the ad time regulation notified by the Telecom ReguIatory Authority of India (Trai) till digitisation is implemented across the country.
Singing talent show Indian Idol will for the first time embark on a search for new young voices as Sony launches Indian Idol Junior. The platform will open its doors to young singers between the ages of 5-15 as Indian Idol Junior starts its mission to showcase the best young singing talent in the country.
Sony Six has made a commitment to air both live events and archived events produced by Glory, the world’s new premier kickboxing league, on an exclusive basis for the first time in India.
TRAI notifies the regulation on Standards of Quality of Services (Duration of Advertisements in television Channel)(Amendments) Regulations, 2013.
The decks have been cleared for Bharat Business Channel, the company that runs Videocon Group's DTH business, to go ahead with its proposed Rs 7 billion initial public offering (IPO) with Sebi giving its nod.
Taj Television has acquired the media rights for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games for Indian subcontinent which includes markets like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives.
FIFA has opened an invitation to tender (ITT) for the 2014 Fifa World Cup media rights in Spain. These rights cover TV, IPTV, internet, mobile and radio transmissions for Fifa's flagship competition, which will be held in Brazil in 2014.
Prasar Bharati is to get an allocation of Rs 53.97 billion for hardware schemes of Doordarshan and All India Radio in the 12th Plan.
Cartoon Network has partnered with Rovio Entertainment to bring Angry Birds Toons, an animated TV series based on the globally successful and trendsetting game Angry Birds, to Indian kids.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari feels the higher import duty levied on set top boxes (STBs) announced in the Union Budget will give an opportunity for domestic manufacturers to benefit and not set back the digitisation process.
According to I&B Ministry out of the 38 cities that are going digital in the second phase, 21 cities are working with more than 50 per cent digitization, 10 cities more than 75 per cent digitisation. At this point there are are only four problem cities where at this point of time digitisation is roughly around 30 per cent.
Nimbus Sport has bagged the television production rights for the new season of the Super Fight League (SFL) starting 29 March. The deal with India’s only professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) property, SFL, is for a period of five years. 
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) buy out private equity firm Capital International's six per cent stake in Multi Screen Media to take full ownership of the Indian broadcasting company which is on a growth path.
Press Council of India chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has set up a committee to recommend minimum qualification required to become a journalist.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari assured Parliament that the time of Urdu news from the Hyderabad Kendra of Doordarshan would be increased as the need arises.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has extended to 8 April its deadline for comments on its consultation paper on cross media ownership, which among other issues had sought comments on devising ownership rules for vertical integration between broadcasting and distribution entities.
The Indian M&E industry registered an overall growth of 12.6 per cent from Rs 728 billion in 2011 to Rs 820 billion in 2012, says the FICCI-KPMG Media & Entertainment 2013 report.
The Empowered Group of Ministers has given the green signal to the auction of the 839 FM Radio Channels in Phase III.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told Parliament that the government is considering the proposal by the Press Council of India for bringing the electronic media under its ambit.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its official broadcast partner Multi Screen Media (MSM) will set up a monitoring agency for the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to keep a watch on erring news broadcasters who flout news access guidelines.
An average of 40.4 million TV viewers tuned in to the star-studded telecast of Oscar on US broadcaster ABC, up more than one million viewers from last year.
The Bombay High Court came down on the State Government for not recovering dues of Rs 77.9 million from cricket's richest body, the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).


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