Turner launches Oh!K channel in Hong Kong

Turner and PCCW have announced the availability of a slew of Korean entertainment, premium drama series as well as variety and music programming across a number of platforms. The subscribers can watch a selection of top-rated shows on Turner’s 24-hour linear channel Oh!K from January 12, 2016. In addition, MBC shows are available through now TV’s SVOD service, Oh!K On Demand, as well as via Viu, a newly-launched OTT service from PCCW. Another part of the Turner-PCCW agreement is the delivery of MBC shows on now TV’s upcoming free-to-air channel,…

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Rewind 2015: Radio will become a 360 degree medium, say regional players


  As part of our Rewind 2015 series, we spoke with regional private FM heads in the East to share their thoughts on the year and their expectations from next year. It has been an interesting year for the private FM industry in the East and North East region and if the first stage of the Phase III auctions is anything to go by,  then 2016 might turn out to be an even better year. Cities like Bhubhaneshwar, Guwahati and Shillong were the subject of intense bidding during the auctions and…

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Arindam Sen redesignated Managing Editor of TOI; Rohit Saran joins as Executive Editor

Times of India

Times of India announced restructuring and which included various elevations and the appointment of Rohit Saran as Executive Editor . Saran   has  held  a string  of leadership positions over the past decade- executive editor of India Today, editor of Money Today and Business Today, executive editor of The Economic Times,  editor-at-large with the India Today Group, and editor of Khaleej Times. As executive editor of ET, he launched ET Wealth and re-launched ET on Sunday, and helped drive several value-enhancing changes in the main paper.  In the last three years,…

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First time in 137 years, Chennai floods force The Hindu to cancel print edition

  Chennai-based newspaper, The Hindu, has not been printed for the first time in over a century due to heavy rains and floods in Chennai. The Hindu website published a disclaimer stating, “Consequent to the heavy rain, print editions of The Hindu dated December 2, 2015, in Chennai, Vellore, Puducherry and Tirupati have been cancelled after taking into consideration the safety of those in the distribution network. However, the Chennai edition has been uploaded online in PDF format for the benefit of our readers.” For the first time in its…

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Star India completes integration of the broadcast business of MAA Television Network

  Star India has announced that it has successfully completed the integration of the broadcast business of MAA Television Network. With this integration, Star India is better positioned to offer a distinctly enhanced content bouquet to audiences across the Southern markets of India in general and the Telugu speaking viewers in particular. The acquisition of MAA TV also opens up a significant opportunity for major content innovation in the Telugu television market, which is extremely important given that the Telugu TV market is the second largest regional market in India…

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Catch News launches online news portal in Hindi

The online news venture from The Patrika Group -Catch News has  launches its Hindi portal recently that will focus on quality news content. Siddharth Kothari, Director, Catch News, said, ” Patrika group started as a newspaper but it is today a credible news platform using various verticals, its credibility that is the common denominator and first priority for us”. Shoma Chaudhury, Editor In Chief, Catch News, said, “This vision & approach for Catch News has worked practically, Catch News has hit 3.5 million unique visitors in just Five Months. That’s…

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Only large radio networks to benefit from extension of FDI limit, say experts


  In a surprising move, the central government announced that FDI limit would be increased for private FM sector, among other sectors; a decision that has been welcomed by the radio sector which has been asking for an increase in foreign investment limit for years. However, many experts believe it will only be beneficial for large radio networks. According to the new government policy, the FDI limit for private FM will be increased from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. Even though there have been calls for the limit…

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Ashish Golwalkar to join Sony as Head of Non Fiction

Ashish Golwalker Sony

  MUMBAI: Ashish Golwalkar who recently resigned from the post of Senior VP – Programming Star Plus is set to join rival broadcaster Sony as head of non-fiction. A source close to the development said, “It was one of the last holes that needed to be filled and Ashish is the best fit. He is likely to join from December 1.” Before Star he was associated with Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited for over 11 and half years. The last post that he had in Zee was as Head of Non-fiction Programming.…

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NDTV and Coca-Cola to host a 6 hour live telethon for support my school campaign


  MUMBAI:  NDTV, Coca-Cola and UN-Habitat will once again come together with campaign ambassador Sourav Ganguly to support the 6 hour telethon co-hosted by bollywood celebrity Ranveer Singh. It will be aired live across all channels on the NDTV Network on 29 November 2015. A number of prominent personalities including chief ministers Anandiben Patel (Gujarat) and Harish Rawat, (Uttarakhand), bollywood actors Varun Dhawan, Parineeti Chopra, sports personalities Sunil Gavaskar, Sunil Chettri along with renowned industrialists Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, HSBC chairperson Naina Lal Kidwai, JPMorgan Chairperson Kalpana Morparia  along with host NDTV’s Group CEO  Vikram Chandra, will take centre-stage to reach out to millions of…

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RAM Ratings: Radio Mirchi, Radio City continue to dominate in Kolkata and Bangalore

Radio mirchi FM

  RAM ratings for Week 45 (November 1-November 7) are out. Most leaders in the previous week maintain ground in their respective cities. Mumbai Big FM had 17.6 per cent share in the city with a TSL of 6.13. This was followed by Radio City with 17 per cent share and a TSL of 5.32 Fever FM showed the best TSL (6.34) in the city and had a share of 15.3 per cent. Radio Mirchi had a share of 13.2 per cent and a TSL of 4.18, followed by Red…

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