Monday, 1 July 2013

July 2013

01/7/13 -- Bimal Julka, IAS assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

Prasar Bharati and the Australian Network have signed a new carriage agreement to strengthen the partnership between the two public broadcasters. With this agreement, ABC International will be available for our DTH viewers on DD Direct Plus from 1st of November.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) again released a consultation paper on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limits in various segments of the broadcasting sector in India.
IBF, AAAI, ISA and TAM reach consensus on TV audience measurement thus ending the four week logjam.
In order to get authentic data on viewership of TV programmes, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry is considering adding a chip that can record data in the set top boxes (STBs) being installed as part of its digitisation drive.
Senior IAS Officer Bharti S. Sihag has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The northeast's first DTH (direct-to-home) private satellite TV channel, the North Eastern Television (NETV) was officially inaugurated in Gangtok.
IBN7 has once again won an award at the sixth Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.
The Indian Badminton League Players Auction 2013 held at the Shangri-La, New Delhi.
TRAI convened a meeting of the leading MSOs, providing cable TV services in Mumbai, Kolkata and 38 cities covered under phase II of DAS implementation, to review the progress of implementation of DAS. After discussions, TRAI has set the new deadlines for collection of consumer application forms from the subscribers, complete in all respects.
LCOs and multi-system operators (MSOs) in Kolkata have been given the deadline of August 23, 2013, to submit filled-in Consumer Application Forms (CAF) to the central Subscriber Management System (SMS). This was decided at a meeting in New Delhi between the TRAI brass and representatives of frontline city multi system operators (MSOs)
Arvind Sharma, Chairman & CEO of India Sub-continent, Leo Burnett has been re-elected President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) for the year 2013-14 at its Annual General Body Meeting.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) held a meeting with MSOs and LCOs of Kolkata to assess the progress of submission of CAF forms giving choice of consumers.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for implementing the Plan Scheme "Development Communication and Information Dissemination" during the 12th Plan period with an outlay of Rs.630 crore.
TRAI Chairman issued a warning after meeting with MSO and LCOs. TRAI has shown 20% choice have been fed into SMS(Subscriber Management System) system of MSOs.
An open house meeting between TRAI officials and broadcast industry stakeholders was held in Benguluru.
In response to the draft consultation paper of the Ministry of Finance on FDI caps in the Print and Broadcasting Sector, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has sought the recommendations of TRAI for issues related to the Broadcasting Sector and has sought the comments of the Press Council of India for matters concerning the Print Media.
The cable operators have warned to switch off the news channels in and around Mumbai. They want the state to reduce the entertainment tax from the existing Rs 45 per month per consumer to Rs.15 or face closure of news channels during the state legislature's monsoon session.
TRAI has decided to curtail the viewing of channels at such households that have not filled in the CAF.
Around 75 million set top boxes (STBs) would be needed to complete the third and fourth phase of cable TV digitisation in the country said Supriya Sahu, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting during a national seminar on STBs organised by industry body CII in Delhi.
Star India group, Network18 group, Zee Group, and SET Network - and three news networks - BAG Network, The Times Television Network and NDTV group - have requested the TAM that ratings be reported on them on a monthly basis.
Today is the last day for DAS subscribers to submit their consumer application form (CAF) to their local cable operators failing which they will lose connection to their television sets as mandated by TRAI.
ScienceAdda Learning Innovations Pvt. Ltd, signed a licensing agreement with Discovery Kids to build an experiential learning platform through educational pavilions and travelling road shows for children.
Comedy Central India presents Citizen Khan; a family based British comedy sitcom.
Dishtv chooses Netmagic's Hybrid Cloud and DraaS Solutions to expand their IT Infrastructur. 
04/7/13, the largest digital destination for Bollywood, International and South Asian entertainment, has recently partnered with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to distribute full length feature films, via the Hungama Movies website.
Microsoft and Shankar Mahadevan launch the Shankar Mahadevan Academy App for Windows 8 PCs.
TRA) held an open house discussion in New Delhi on framing guidelines for an accreditation mechanism for TV rating agencies in the country.
Bimal Julka, IAS assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.


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