In the last quarter, Google’s YouTube removed 7.85 million videos and 1.67 million channels which failed to meet the community guidelines of YouTube.
The media tech start-up Zapr Media Labs has got Rs 55 crore boost from Star India. As per filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), the funds have been added by the broadcaster via its holding firm – Star India US Holdings Subsidiary LLC.
On the Republic Day, Republic TV will launch its Hindi news channel Republic Bharat, or R Bharat. The preparations are in full swing as Hersh Bhandari, the former national revenue head for India Today Television, will join R Bharat soon.
This is exciting times for Uday Shankar, who has just been promoted as Star India chairman, CEO, 21st Century Fox Asia-Pacific (Only Asia) president. He has been appointed by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as its VP.
On 17 Dec, LiveU has released its annual ‘State of Live’ report. The report said that adoption of the HEVC protocol as the industry standard is growing. The report added that the figures reflect the increasing demand for professional-grade video quality, a trend most evident at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
This is an age of OTT with Netflix leading the pack. 2019 will see the segment rising more intensely and its revenue may defeat the overall revenue of cinema, as per latest analysis from Ampere Analysis.
Though no accreditation has been issued to any new journalist since March 2018, the government will soon expand the definition of journalists. The Union information and broadcasting ministry (MIB) has proposed to include scribes working for radio, television news channels and newspaper websites as journalists under the draft Labour Code on Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions 2018, being prepared by the Labour and Employment ministry.
In a big relief to mobile phone service providers and banks, the government on 17 Dec approved amending the two existing laws to provide legal backing for seeding of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile numbers and bank accounts.
On 16 Dec, the Noida Police have arrested a senior anchor of a private news channel for the death of a female anchor of the same channel who ‘fell’ to her death on 14 Dec from the balcony of her fourth floor Noida residence in Sector 77.
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