From 17 May, all distribution platform operators (DPOs) will have to mandatorily carry DD Arunprabha on their platforms, as per order given by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB). The new channel is the 24th satellite channel from public broadcaster Doordarshan’s stable and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9th February 2019.
On 16 May, the central government asked the Facebook owned Whatsapp to submit all India numbers and spyware details with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
The leading infotainment media group Epic Television Networks has received two TV channel licenses from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).
As per BARC TV viewership ratings for Week 19, Dangal has once again reached the top position by dethroning Sun TV in all genres. Star Sports 1 Hindi has moved to the second spot, followed by Sun TV. Sony Entertainment Television (SET) has re-entered the top 10 table. Star Vijay has exited the table while Zee Tamil has dropped to the tenth spot.
To enable its subscribers have diversity of payment options, the leading over the top (OTT) platform ZEE5 has partnered with Amazon Pay. Its subscribers can now experience a one-click purchase using Amazon Pay and avail exclusive cashback up to Rs. 200 on paying for their ZEE5 subscription.
The impairment of Rs 103.35 crore in the value of the company’s investment in Diligent Media Corporation Ltd (DMCL), the published to English daily DNA, led to the loss of Rs 86.6 crore for TV news broadcaster Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL) in Q4, against a net profit of Rs 11.52 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.
To give a feeling of nostalgia, the national broadcaster Doordarshan has partnered with e-commerce site Amazon India. It has launched a souvenir store having a whole range of merchandise including T-shirts, coffee mugs and sippers.
On 14 Mya, the Election Commission of India (ECI) sent notice to three media houses for allegedly publishing a survey "predicting results" of the ongoing elections. They were asked to reply by 16 May,
TV9, which is owned by the Associated Broadcasting Company Pvt. Ltd. (ABCPL), has registered revenue of Rs 200.08 crore as against Rs 164.44 crore in the year-ago period, registering a growth of 22%.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) answered an exclusive Right To Information and said that the NaMo TV is an “advertisement based platform” distributed by several Direct to Home operators (DTH) and availed of by the Bharatiya Janata Party. It doesn’t need any permission.
As per a latest TAM report, around 400 advertisers and 450 brands quit TV for advertising in Q1 of 2019 as compared to the corresponding quarter last year. The quarter also saw an indexed dip of 5 per cent in TV ad volumes as compared to January-March 2018.
On 1 may, the Delhi High Court sent notices to the government, Prasar Bharti and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on a PIL challenging the provision of the Sports Act that restricts the transmission of the live broadcast of sporting events of national importance to Prasar Bharti’s terrestrial and DTH networks.
Indian viewers will be able to watch World Archery competition, as the leading broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and World Archery have partnered which includes broadcast deal across eight territories of the Indian sub-continent: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Maldives.
On 8 May, the News Broadcasting Standards Association (NBSA) warned Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami of stern action and that they would lobby with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to get his channel shut down.
As per BARC TV viewership ratings for Week 18, broadcaster Sun TV has pushed back Dangal to become the most watched channel across genres, followed by Dangal TV and Star Sports 1 Hindi.
On 9 May, the broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) was given permission by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to hold audit of multi system operators (MSO) Multi Reach Media and Digi Cablecomm Services India’s subscriber management systems (SMS) to ascertain subscriber reports.
As per Essel Group, the stake sale process of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) is at an advanced stage.
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