With the 18th edition of the Asian Games around the corner, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) today announced their marketing and digital initiatives for the Pan-Asian multi-sport event. The 2018 Asian Games will be held in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang from 18th August to 2nd September 2018. With India being one of the first five founding members of the Asian Games, expectations from our contingent are always high.
Mumbai, 17 August 2018: As Kerala struggles with the devastation of massive floods, Star India, and its employees have stepped up to donate to and mobilise disaster relief for the flood-ravaged state #AllForKerala
As India gears up to celebrate its 72nd Independence Day, India’s leading English news channels, Times Now & Mirror Now, announce their special programming line-up to celebrate the spirit of freedom.
On 11 August, the Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. With this approval, the deal is one step closer to fruition with the merger of Star India and related assets including Fox Star Studios and National Geographic channels.
What goes into the making of I Day programme August 6, 12 noon, Doordarshan Bhawan: The environ wears a festive look. Employees throng to get their pictures clicked. Nariyal(Coconut) is broken, the customary rituals are performed and three OB Vans head for their destination—the Production Control Room –in the Red Fort to be an integral part of ‘Live Show’ of Independence Day celebrations.
MukeshAmbani owned Reliance Jio will set up a data centre in Kolkata at the cost of Rs. 1000 crore. The state-of-the-art greenfield data centre will come up in 100-acre IT hub. This IT hub will be the biggest in the state, according to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. She was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the upcoming Bengal Silicon Valley tech hub.
The Viacom president and CEO Robert Bakishis hopeful of group’s India performance, especially in the OTT segment. Bakish expects FY18 to be a record year for international revenue and profitability.
In July 2018, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) granted four TV channel licenses. Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL) got two uplinking/downlinking news licences under the name Times Now 4 and ET Now 3.Sony Pictures Networks India’s (SPNI) subsidiary Bangla Entertainment was given a downlinking-only licence for its upcoming Marathi GEC Sony Marathi (launching on 19 August). Owner of Multiplex and HousefullMovies, Vision Corporation got a non-news uplinking/downlinking licence to launch Indian Fashion TV.
Eyeing regional expansion, Sun TV Network will launch new Marathi and Bengali channels and roll out a second Tamil general entertainment channel (GEC) in Tamil Nadu and a second Telegu GEC in Andhra Pradesh this financial year.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that it may offer domain names in Indian languages soon. It is the non-profit corporation with the responsibility for Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) management worldwide.
The North-Eastern states have been given Rs 1000 crore to boost its digital services. This is a mega investment just before general election. The central government believes that this will boost connectivity in these far-flung states. The fund will be spent in the next four years.
Robert Iger, the Walt Disney chairman and CEO, is very hopeful of the lucrative property Star India, and said that it is expected to play an important role in Disney’s global growth strategy.
According to James Murdoch, the 21st Century Fox (21CF) CEO, Star India business might not have hit the $500 million EBITDA target in FY18. He added that the company’s EBITDA was not very far away from the avowed target.
In Q1, the leading south Indian TV broadcasting group Sun TV Network registered 60% spike in its net profit which has touched Rs 409.14 crore as against Rs 251.64 crore for the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.
The union minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad has found place in the list top twenty most influential people in Digital Government. The list also features Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the World Wide Web among others.
According to BARC report for the Week 31, Times Now has replaced Republic TV to become the number 1 English news channel. Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV has been on the top since week 19 of 2017.
Times Music has acquired the rights of music cards of Sangeetha - The Master Recording Company. Sangeetha is the first licensed company to produce pre-recorded audio cassettes in South India. With this acquisition, people will now have access to a wider variety of music - over 2000 albums, including music from nearly 400 Kannada films, a huge collection of Carnatic Classical-Vocal, Instrumental, Dance music, Non-Film songs, Folk Music and Devotional songs – in all major South Indian languages along with Sanskrit. The acquisition has helped Times Music expand its content catalogue and serve a wider audience base.
TV Today Network, which is promoted by the India Today group, and broadcasts 24-hour news channels AajTak, Tez, and DilliAajTak (regional news) in Hindi, and India Today Television in English, has registered almost double net profit in Q1.
While speaking during the five-day India Tobacco Control Program hosted by the Johns Hopkins University, the Joint Secretary in the health ministry VikasSheel said that surrogate advertising is a matter of concern and the Health Ministry has suggested to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to come up with some measures to address the issue.
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