The Television Broadcasting sector in India has been growing at a fast pace of 15% with more than 880 permitted satellite TV channels, around 80 Teleports, 7 DTH operators, 1500 Multi-system operators and large number of Cable TV operators. The total revenue of TV Industry is INR 58,800 Crore as per the industry estimates. There are approximately 183 million TV households.
Media Blamed for Manipulating Public Perception without Carrying out its own Investigation
It is time to welcome the New Year with new aspirations and new hopes. After Demonetisation ended on 31st December 2016, it adversely impacted the economy throughout the 2017. Implementation of GST, country’s biggest economic reform further added to the woes of the industry due to confusion created by different slabs, lack of understaning of procedures and frequent modifications to the rules and deadlines. Thank God, after an year, there are some hopes of improvement in the economy and businesses are coming to a normalcy. Many small businesses in telecom as well as broadcast industries have however, suffered irrevocably.
Throughout history and human civilization and evolution, new diseases have cropped up now and then, many of them due to technology developments. Modern age with hectic lifestyles as well as development of cities saw spread of several unknown diseases. But the current health issues are so complex that it baffles even the specialists, thanks to the ever-growing wireless connectivity at home as well as offices. Doctors are saying that they had not seen such symptoms in 1980s or 1990s.
Falcon Media in partnership with Media Nucleus is trying to strengthen the cable MSOs with a unique OTT solution that not only uses a public internet but also provides best of the services to consumers without any buffering of streamed video at the lowest cost.
Sudden Growth in Gross domestic product (GDP) from 5.7% in Q1 to 6.3 % in Q2 of 2017-18 has given ample reason to the NDA government to rejoice as it is the fastest pace in three quarters according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last month. The Government was worried with the downward trend post Demonetisation and GST implementation.
Workshop on Importance of skilling, certification and accreditation- 01 December 2017, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi he IASC-SSC in liason with BECIL organized a workshop to deliberate on the importance of skilling certification and accreditation of the manpower deployed in TV distribution networks on 1st December at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi, the Worskhop was in line with Skill India mission of the government to create a skill manpower in the country in all the fields.
Privacy, which once was treasured as the most precious thing for a man, is being thrown to the wind in this digital world. While personal data of the people have long been collected by social media giants like Facebook and technology leaders such as Google, in India, Aadhaar has been the first government document to collect the private information about a person. While it is good to stop corruption to a certain extent, the larger question remains about infringement on privacy. The battle has just begun, and the government is adamant on linking Aadhaar with nearly all services despite Supreme Court’s directions and people’s cry.
A few months back veteran film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was beaten up by so called Kerni Sena while shooting his latest controversial film ‘Padmawati’ in Rajasthan. Since then, he and his film have been on the hit list of so many fringe groups claiming to be protector of history, culture and ‘asmita’. Political parties and ruling governments showed that they are totally boneless, and spinelessly surrendered before fringe groups protesting against the film. Many of them put large money on the heads of stars of the film.
The prospects for the Asia Pacific multichannel TV and digital video distribution market were the foundation of the CASBAA Convention 2017 conference programme and exhibition when it returned to Macau’s Studio City for a second year.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President of India at the Valedictory of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Press Council of India, on the occasion of the National Press Day, in New Delhi on November 16, 2017 addressed the press making far reaching comments on the present state of the media. We bring you the full text of his speech.
In November 2011 the government cleared a bill for digitization of Cable Television Industry, to provide choice and better services to the consumers. It also aimed to bring transparency and accountability of revenue both for the stakeholders as well as the government. It was not a happy start as there was no infrastructure to make digital signals reach every region of the country, in particularly the rural areas and hinterlands. There was no manufacturing support for digital STBs leaving MSOs and Cable Operators at the mercy of foreign manufacturers. Lack of funds with small as well as large MSOs also posed a big problem. Contrary to the initial perception that the National MSOs like Siti Cable, Hathways, InCable and DEN were well prepared with their resources for the job, they also bled through the process running short of funds to create infrastructure as well as procurement of STBs. Six years hence, we are still struggling to digitize about 40 million households, mostly in Phase 3 and 4.
Today, the news agencies’ reputation is at stake not because of some outside threat, but just because some yellow minded media men want to earn big or destroy someone’s image or create conflict between two communities by destabilising the centuries old trust of the people all over the world. Fake news is highly dangerous and may create riots and break human harmony in any society, leading to conflicts and serious law and order problems. We also see it in our country.
Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Textiles Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said that the model structure of broadcasting should focus on democratized viewership. This should be based on an accurate measurement system that reflects the strength of regional languages, varied tastes of viewers/consumers and bridges the divide on issues related to agenda setting, creative content and revenue between the mainstream and regional platforms. Smt. Irani stated this while delivering the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2017 on 26 October on the topic “Model for Broadcast landscape for Democracies.”
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