Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Shashi Shekhar Vempati lauded DD for being the only channel which shows news as other channels are engaged more in drama.
In their submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the broadcasters’ two industry bodies Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) have contended that BARC India is performing well and all the major stakeholders are adequately represented in the council.
Against the placing of the recently launched Hindi news channel Republic Bharat outside the Hindi news genre to boost viewership, TV18 Broadcast has complained to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
On Feb 18, country’s highest court trashed the plea which challenged the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)'s order on banning the use of ‘Dalit’ word.
The telecom regulator TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said on 18 Feb that Internet data firms are deliberately stirring up Aadhaar privacy debate.
Despite online advertising growth, TV still remains the preferred platform for advertisers in South India, as per TAM Media Research, a joint venture between global media research organisations, Nielsen and Kantar.
In the wake of Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 soldiers, leading sports channel DSport as well as gaming platform Dream11 and cricket website Cricbuzz are not showing the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament.
On 15 Feb, the TV news broadcaster Associated Broadcasting Company Pvt Ltd (ABCPL) announced it will launch a Hindi news channel TV9 Bharatvarsh in March 2019. This will be second Hindi channel after Republic Bharat in recent times.
From 2014-19, the total ad spends by the Modi government stood at Rs. 3000 Crore. Rs 2,374 crore was spent on publicity in the electronic media while Rs 670 crore on outdoor publicity. This was revealed by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication under the information and broadcasting ministry to an RTI.
Lawyer and senior Congress party leader Kapil Sibal promoted news channel Harvet TV will now be called as ‘Tiranga TV’. On 14 Feb, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) gave its approval for a name change.
Following a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 Feb, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) directed all private TV channels to be cautious about content which could cause unrest among Indian citizens or spread hatred.
On 13 Feb, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) organised the very first conference of its media units. I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore asked Indian Information Service officers to embrace and adapt to modern technology. The focus of the conference was on ensuring synergy between the media units in their day-to-day functioning.
As the implementation of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new regulatory framework is going on, reliable TV viewership data is impossible to achieve. Hence, the Broadcasters Audience Research Council (BARC) India has decided to stop sharing TV viewership data publicly.
To root out fake news ahead of general election, the social media platform Facebook has partnered with India Today Group, Factly, Vishvas.news, Newsmobile and Fact Crescendo. This is FB’s part of third-party fact-checking programme in India.
As per latest report by media agency GroupM India, TV advertising is expected to grow at 15% compared to the 20% growth that it achieved in 2018. The upcoming general election will be a top driver.
On 12 Feb, the parliamentary standing committee on information technology clearly said that it will meet no one from Twitter except CEO Jack Dorsey.
To help integrate North-East with the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 Feb launched DD Arunaprabha, which is 24th satellite channel from public broadcaster Doordarshan.
As per claims by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), 9 crore out of 17 crore TV homes have already migrated to new TRAI Tariff Order.
Taking a step in the direction of inclusion, the broadcasters on 11 Feb were asked by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) to enable sign language interpretation in their programmes.
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