The globally popular phone makers Huawei & ZTE are facing troubles in the US as the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence expressed their concerns during a Senate Intelligence Committee over potential security breach.
Many industry bigwigs will address at this year’s APOS summit, hosted by Media Partners Asia in Bali, Indonesia from 24-26 April. The list of speakers from broadcasting sector includes Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom, Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox Asia, JB Perrette, President & CEO, Discovery Networks International, Ricky Ow, President, Turner International Asia Pacific, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 Media, Mahesh Samat, SVP & MD, The Walt Disney Company, South Asia, and Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, among others.
The media baron Rupert Murdoch has clarified and pledged that Sky News will remain independent. He said he will not interfere in editorial decision-making at Sky News but added that he will not guarantee funding the service for more than five years.
To offer the captivating content of the Disney on its OTT platform Youku, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has a reached a deal with the former. It is a multi-year licencing licensing agreement which will enable Youku to offer more than 1,000 episodes of Disney’s animated series.
The viewers in the Middle Eastern countries will continue to watching favourite shows by Star TV Middle East, as the broadcaster has renewed its content agreement with OSN, the Middle East and North Africa’s direct broadcast satellite provider.
The tech giant Google and social media behemoth Facebook got some severe slapping on the face by the News Corp CEO Robert Thomson. He accused them for fostering a "dysfunctional" and "debased" online environment which harms the news media and responsible journalism.
Turkey is going to take a step which may be replicated by many more countries; it may soon permit its regulator RTUK to regulate online content. A draft law has been submitted to parliament on 8 February, though it is being opposed by the main opposition party said amounted to digital censorship.
Discovery has got the green light from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Scripps. Discovery and Scripps provide basic pay-TV channels to TV distributors in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Soon lovers of Indian content in Russia will be able to watch their favourite programmes offered by Sony Pictures Television; the broadcaster has formed a joint venture (JV) with Russian media holding company National Media Group (NMG) to launch pay television channels in Russia.
WION’s Middle East has been launched by ZEE Media Corporation in Qatar and UAE. The English news channel World Is One News (WION) will use Etisalat to telecast its content in these two countries. The channel will also be available on Du &Ooredoo.
Travelxp HD, the leading travel and lifestyle channel, has partnered with Europe’s leading pay-TV providers M7 Group to enter Europe. The channel is now available in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands and Belgium.
Sometime back, a BBC editor in China had resigned over gender based pay gap. The news attracted lots of criticism against BBC. Now to end such kind of pay gaps, the BBC has come up with new pay structure, though it said it has not found “any evidence of gender bias” in determining employee salaries but says that disparities in the pay of men and women at the organization should be addressed.
A strategic investment was made by Tencent in Skydance which is part of a broader strategic partnership, which provides a global platform for project-level collaboration and will also allow Skydance to access Tencent’s expertise in Asia and gaming to further build out its presence in these markets.
Post the deal (Disney buying Fox), the face, which will attract the biggest attention, will be Rupert’s son Lachlan Murdoch. Lachlan will have to bear the larger responsibilities. Though he has been groomed by his father, Lachlan has never independently run anything as big and complicated as what is being billed as the "new Fox."
In late 2017, the Trump administration voted to rescind net neutrality rules. Now AT&T Inc has requested the U.S. Congress to change the present rules on the subject. The repeal lifted restrictions that kept telecom companies like AT&T, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc from slowing or blocking access to certain content.
To distribute popular Canadian content to viewers across Asian markets, the Singapore-based content distribution and production agency Bomanbridge Media has reached a deal with the Canadian film and television production company Muse Entertainment.
The struggle to get hold of Sky, the UK satellite TV operator, is getting tougher for Rupert Murdoch owned 21st Century Fox, as the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said the deal will ‘not be in the public interest.’
Censorship is the other name of the authoritarian government of China. It shuts hundreds of websites and doesn’t allow Google or twitter. Now going a step ahead, the authorities have banned any reference or sue of hip-hop culture and tattoos in the media calling it ‘low taste content’.
As the social media giant Facebook announces major plans to change its news feed to focus more on “personal connections” in a move that will de-prioritise posts from businesses, brands and media, it has got an awakening slap from media baron Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, News Corp Executive chairman, has said Facebook should pay publishers for news content (carriage fees for news) in the same way that TV operators pay broadcasters to air their channels.
The leading mobile phone maker Nokia has partnered with Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo for 5G equipment. This is the first major deal of Nokia to supply new 5G wireless radio base stations to Japanese telecom operator. DoCoMo claims to have half of the Japan’s mobile subscribers.
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