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Prabhat gets a new lease of life: to launch Kannada channel

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Prabhat, the Marathi channel, will be launching another regional channel on 4 April 2000. The channel called Suprabhat will have 4 hours of original programming which will be repeated throughout the day. It is being beamed off a Thaicom-3 transponder, the same one off which Prabhat is being beamed off.

The channel was on the brink of a shut down and had not been able to make payments to producers who were providing them with software. But since then an angel has stepped in and is said to be willing to back the group that has set up the channel to the hilt. A film director and producer has additionally been brought in on the company's board following the angel's entry.

With cash in hand, Deepak Agarwala, Anand Rangaswamy, Anil Shetty, Ajinkya Deo - the promoters of the channel - have been pouring it all into the Kannada service. A programming head has been hired in Banglaore and the gameplan is to launch Suprabhat by 4 April. The only thing that is to be seen is that if the channel is geared up to compete with the well established Kannada channel, Udaya, from the Sun stable.

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