Google India Digital Services Private Limited has received a notice from the Delhi High Court on 11 April for unauthorised operation of Google Pay. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was also directed to file its reply.
Promoting government schemes during the model code of conduct and in the midst of general election 2019 weighed heavily on ZEEL-owned Hindi GECs Zee TV and &TV as they have received show cause notices from Election Commission (EC).
As per claims made by the DD DG Supriya Sahu, Doordarshan has become a profitable entity in FY19 after registering losses for many years. She said the public broadcaster has recorded highest revenue in 2018-19; its gross and net revenue stood at Rs 1113.7 crore and Rs 943.8 crore respectively.
Discovery India’s DSport (English) and Viacom18’s MTV, MTV HD+ (Hindi) as well as DD Sport ( Hindi) and several regional networks will telecast the first edition of the Indo International Premier Kabaddi League (IPKL) will be broadcast on
Doordarshan, which had recently got a show cause notice for showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' programme, has been asked by the Election Commission to “desist” from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party.
To placate the opposition parties and to enforce the model code of conduct ahead of general election 2019, the Election Commission has directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi to ensure that the contents of NaMo TV are pre-certified by the local media certification and monitoring committee.
On 8 Aril, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, floated and then trashed a draft Bill that sought to give the powers to appoint the Directors General of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) directly to the Union government.
Post the direction by the telecom regulator TRAI, the TV viewership rating agency Broadcasters Audience Research Council (BARC) India has again started publishing weekly viewership data on its website. The agency published data for week 13 for the period 23-26 March.
Broadcasters willing to take a slot on Doordarshan’s DTH platform DD Free Dish, can now apply for allotment of reserved Bucket R1 slots on pro-rata basis for the interim period of 15 April to 31 May 2019.
Viacom18’s digital video-on-demand streaming service and India’s second largest AVOD OTT platform - VOOT celebrates its third anniversary with 100+ billion minutes of watch time. With a commitment to offer quality and differentiated content in the digital ecosystem. VOOT is the first OTT platform in India to introduce interactivity on it’s platform combining technology with content, giving a never before experience to its consumers. Now VOOT aims to reach 100 million monthly active users within the fiscal year.
To boost viewership of the Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said plan for new content on Doordarshan will be finalized soon. He said this infusion of fresh content by Doordarshan should fill the vacuum from the exit of several GEC channels from the free-to-air (FTA) space in general and from DD Free Dish.
As per claims by Star India, the inaugural week of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 registered a record breaking opening with 283 million viewers, 15 % higher than last year.
The digital transaction wallet Google Pay has secured top spot in UPI transactions by value, while Paytm is ahead of every other platform in terms of transaction volumes, closely followed by PhonePe and Google Pay.
Clarifying its stand before Election Commission, Doordarshan said Narendra Modi’s 1.24-hour public address ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ on 31st March was run on the grounds of its high news value.
According to GroupM-owned ESP Properties’ 2019 report on sports sponsorship in India, OTT platforms like Hotstar have triggered media ad spends on sports. It has increased 9% to Rs 4432 crore in 2018 from Rs 4065 crore a year ago.
The stake in media conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) may be bought by Mukesh Ambani or Sunil Bharti Mittal, as per media reports.
While the I&B Ministry has to submit its clarification on NaMo TV to the Election Commission , as it could be a possible violation of the poll code, DTH service provider Tata Sky CEO said NaMo TV is "not a Hindi news service" but a special service via internet that does not need a government licence.
As per Broadcasters Audience Research Council India (BARC India)’s report, the linear TV consumption has grown 67% over the last three to 1 trillion man minutes in 2019 from 600 billion man minutes in 2015.
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