's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of April
* Enhanced mobile content poses a threat to other media
* Wayne Chou is Star Taiwan GM
* Arts, current affairs, docs dominate beebs UK schedule
* MEN back as FTV's India distributor

Pak beckons cross-media ownership

* Animax to launch in India 5 July
* Italy relaxes media rules; critics cry foul
* Bollywood Fashion Awards to be held on 30 April
* Google IPO seeks $2.7 billion

BBC to launch Pet Channel

* Irregularities persist in DD: CAG to I&B ministry
* FM radio: FinMin opinion may provide succour
(30 April 2004)
* Tobacco & ads - 'made for each other' no more
* Tenali Raman to speak five languages for ETV
* Essel Propack global sales up by 29% in Q1 '05
* ESS says wins case against MEN in NY court

Star Movies lines up premiere fare on Fridays

* HTMT net up 22% to Rs 756 million
* Trai advocates local loop unbundling
(29 April 2004)
* HC rules against Mirchi on FM lic plea
* TV18 clocks net profit of Rs 63.9 in Q4
* Rebranded Nick, MTV's kiddie sibling now 12-hours Hindi
* Creative Eye's 'Ruby Duby Hub Dub', for Sahara, on floor
* NDTV issue closes, oversubscribed 16+ times
* Ravi Gupta joins Mukta Arts as CEO
* Disney board backs Eisner, Iger
* TVNZ to fold satellite services division

Universal, Webtv tune into mobile music

* Future of FTA TV looking dim: A study
* Viewers report racism, bias to BBC's plaint unit
* Mike McKee is Gemstar-TV Guide COO
* Fox News beats CNN, MSNBC combined this month
* TV boosts Sony results, but films let it down

Govt to seek EC view on FM imbroglio

* Punit Goenka elected International Emmy board director
* Win to go off air from Thursday night
(28 April 2004)
* Poll predictions send Sensex into free fall
* Aaj Tak shining: AC Nielsen study
* Basu upbeat about Star World's 'India's Child Genius'
* Will Eisner survive the 'Spring at Disney'?
* Gauri-Hiten set to wed

Vidyasagar is Star India head of mktg, comm

* National Geographic savours local flavour
* Bombay High Court to take up Mirchi case
(27 April 2004)
* BBC report optimistic on digital switchover in UK
* US coalition to canvass for swift DTV transition

Time Warner evinces renewed interest in MGM

* Turner heads Down Under for new comic reality show
* SC refuses to stay exit polls' telecast
(26 April 2004)
* BBC to launch series on success stories
* Pat Walters is Promax & BDA's new VP and CFO

Smriti may have to go off TV serials

* Apsara FPGI Awards finale on 29 May
* Etc Punjabi to scout for musical talents
(24 April 2004)
* SC to hear PIL on exit polls
* Radio Mirchi to fete Kaan award winners

First gospel music channel to launch in US

* UK pubcasters cut kids', religious shows
* ABC to bring back 'Millionaire' in revamped format
(23 April 2004)
* Sony to woo youth with 'Yeh Meri Life Hai'
* MTV Intl announces 11 new shows
* TIBA chosen as Intelsat's primary video sales channel
* Viewers tune into morning news oftener than evening
* Viacom posts double digit gains in revenues for Q1 '04
* Fashion is in the air: Red FM's 'Asli Fashion Fiesta'
* Break free of the idiot box during 'TV turnoff week'
* Sony ogles movie studio MGM
(22 April 2004)
* Fox earmarks June for six new launches
* Would DD News oust private producers?
* Zee launches star hunt 'Cinestars Ki Khoj'
* AOL to get broadband tennis content from ATP
* Star World special stars celebrity look-alikes
* MTV, Nick join One Alliance platform
* Intelsat launches video fibre network
* Fox takes on NBC; launches boxing reality show
* Rich Ross is Disney Channel Worldwide president
* KKR to acquire Panamsat for $4.3 billion
* Zee lists bonds on Singapore bourse
* NDTV IPO oversusbcribed three times
(21 April 2004)
* NDTV India close on Aaj Tak's heels
* TRAI mulls free access for TV content
* Goldstein is new exec VP development, Warner Bros TV
* 'Kal Ho Na Ho' sweeps Samsung IIFA technical awards
* Golden Rose winners announced
* TRAI issues fresh paper on CAS
(20 April 2004)
* Aaj Tak's 'Chunavi Qawwali' adds flavour to elections
* NGC to air 'Return To Titanic' in June
* Southern Spice stakes claim to throne in South
* DD may use NSS satellite for DTH
* Sharma's film wins award at Hong Kong film fest
* Aaj Tak readies on-air campaign to urge people to vote
* AiM to bring Asian media professionals together
* US public radio moving towards digital future
* CNBC adds another Hindi show-'Aaj Ka Karobar'
* Miami to host 2004 MTV video music awards
* Media & Society Foundation to launch ISAS BC 9001
(19 April 2004)
* Rajat ropes in Tejpal as co-host
* DD's summer bonanza for kids: 'Bongo'
* News channels under Cfar scanner
* Zee Music gets jiggy with 'Aaja Naachle'
(17 April 2004)
* Padmalaya Telefilms gets a new CMD
* Movies' future in US lies in cable, satellite: Starz CEO
* FM radio: Govt. may opt for partial sops
* Warner to get Japanese award for film distribution
* AXN Asia, Animax on hiring spree
* BBC pushing radio on the Net in UK
* Rahul Chakkara is the controller of BBC's itv services
* Viacom to reduce director board by two
* BBC uncovers American virgins
* ICC to hire cricket CEO for US
* Smriti readies for poll battle in Delhi
(16 April 2004)
* Salute Mumbai Awards given away
* Sahara optimistic about new horror show
* DD set to woo women with 'Kaamnaa'
* Court asks Ten to furnish financial details on cricket
* Prasar Bharati chief urges DD channels to innovate
* God TV b'cast partner of 'The Passion of the Christ'
* ZTL clocks Rs 876 m net profit in Q4 '04
* Star Gold launches hunt for best of Bollywood stars
* Maya Ent crafts special effects for 'Krishna Cottage'
* HBO to beam movies dubbed in Hindi
* 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa''s camera rolls in Mumbai again
* Cartoon Network gears up for summer with 3 shows
(15 April 2004)
* Zee News opinion poll gives NDA 269-277 seats
* FM radio: Trai issues consultation paper
* Future of global media industry lies in open env: IBM
* HBO commences production on 'The Entourage'
* Disney on track to lose millions on 'The Alamo'
* BBC looks to expand presence in Arab online market
* SS Music turns three today
* ESS renews deal for Wimbledon tennis
* Radaan to make Hindi soaps too
(14 April 2004)
* ETC net profit up 2 %
* Roy asserts NDTV fast catching up on Aaj Tak
* ABU readies Bangkok to lead in MW digital radio
* French satellite platform TDS to launch HDTV channel
* TV business looking up: MIPTV/MILIA
* Sports TV mag hosts All Star Award at NAB 2004
* Disney CFO expects 40% increase in 2004 earnings
* Dish TV ties up with 5 international channels
(13 April 2004)
* 'Kumkum' ratings soar, finds place in Top 20
* Three senior execs exit Star Group
* NDTV's Rs 1 billion IPO opens 21 April, closes 28th
* TCM celebrates 10th anniversary in US on 14 April
* NCTA to honour US cable leaders next month
* Fox's reality trail to lead to 'The Casino'
* Samar Khan quits Applause, joins UTV
* Balaji FY 04 results by 30 June 2004
* etc bounces back to claim top music channels ratings
* Ariane 4 wins Space Foundation award
* 'Amazing Race' returns in July on CBS for fifth season
(12 April 2004)
* Times to launch two TV channels in 'phase 1'
* I&B opposes Trai recomm for Pvt. FM
* Big B speaks his heart out in Zee News
* EBU doubles sat. capacity with Eutelsat for Olympics
* Riot to develop ent. prog for US tween boys
* Time Warner becomes main investor in Contentguard
* US kids increasingly becoming glued to the TV
(10 April 2004)
* Lata to grace DD Sahyadri Navratna Awards 2004
* Times, BBC to shake print media scene with JV
* Big B in a candid interview on Aaj Tak's 'Seedhi Baat'
* Dhoots target Rs 10b from V1 lottery
* R Chandrasekhar appointed new COO of Essel Propack
* Star's 'Kahaani...' goes to Melbourne
* etc set to jazz up Baisakhi with 'Baisakhi Blast'
* Radio City to rock Saturday nights with Disco
* Sahara & Percept unveil Mr & Miss Bollywood trophy
(8 April 2004)
* HT EP Kohli to quit; Sharma likely to succeed
* Sahara pins hopes on 'Sahib Biwi Gulam'
* Sony's 'Saaksshi' poised to lure women on weekends
* Star Plus' 'Bachcha party' to thrill kids this summer
* Aaj Tak, Dainik Bhaskar join hands for opinion poll
* Siddharth Jain is Zee Turner COO
* SPE sells historic Culver Studios for $125 million
* Jim Carrey scores at Nickelodeon's KCAs
* Disney looking to restructure beleagured ABC network
* Elections fetch DD News Rs 20 mn
* Vijay's got a date with Tamil "Varusha Pirappu"
* Murdoch looking to incorporate News Corp in US
* Alpha readies to woo Gujarati hearts
* BBC's digi channels going strong in UK
(7 April 2004)
* FM broadcasters feel vindicated by Trai decision
* Pvt FM players get payments breather
* Rose d'Or Festival pays tribute to Peter Ustinov
* Parties want exit, opinion polls banned
* UTV kids channel Hungama gets uplinking permission
* FPGI's film & TV awards to be held on 29 May
* Mudra Videotec in content deal with Gemini & Udaya
* Disney, Microsoft, Intel to benefit from online ent
* HD TV services to see an upswing: In-Stat
* Zee English to debut three new shows
* DPS Lamba joins Prasar Bharati as board member
(6 April 2004)
* Zee to go slow on localization for kids channel
* Delhi HC refers CAS case to Trai
* MTV Europe buries the hatchet with music labels
* India-Pak ODI takes pride of place in ratings heap
* 'Cinema Premiere' now on Zee Cinema
* DD Sahyadri rakes in Rs 250 m in FY04
* CTam studies TV viewing behaviour in US
* Nick bags Peabody award for 'Dora the Explorer'
* MGM to celebrate Pink Panther's 40th b'day globally
* Hit to globally distribute Henson Co's properties
* VJ Yudi bids adieu to [V] to follow Bollywood dreams
(5 April 2004)
* Channel action 'teleports' Essel Shyam business
* NDTV India's Bajpayee switches back to Aaj Tak
* PanAmSat chooses Integral Syst. to merge sat. ops
* Global b'cast body oks access procedures for sat uplink
* Micheal Grade appointed BBC Chairman
* BBC asserts largest intl news ch in Asia Pacific status
* Zee to launch lifestyle mag for UK subscribers in June
* DG2L to unveil world's first interactive STB at NAB 2004
(3 April 2004)
* Mobile seen as key ent. sector growth area
* MipTV sees overall growth this year
* TDSAT orders Star not to cut feed to cable op
* FCC urges US broadcasters to create voluntary code
* Zee TV launching lifestyle mag to plea subscribers
* Sakshi Tanwar moving out of 'Kahaani.
* Warner Bros. Intl television distribn deal with CCTV
* Nielsen faces growing opp for proposed syst for NY
* Fox to score in reality genre with Virgin's Branson
* BBC's Byford stresses on independence in functioning
* MPCL gears for voice of people infotainment channel
* Zee News, Mid-day end content sharing deal
(2 April 2004)
* For radio broadcasters, a day to fool listeners
* Visiware bags two AFDASI ITV awards at Cannes
* Delhi HC approves TV18's restructuring proposal
* Channel [V] fools its viewers with 'Phone Bhooth'
* Hallmark lines up movies for kids this April
* NDTV completes a month on Pehla DTH platform
* News Corp screens direct-to-mobile TV series
* Day Three devoted to China
* IBC makes a 'famous' deal with A&E Ntwk in US & UK
* ESS to telecast hockey league Tier 1 matches live
* Aaj Tak lures back three who switched to DD
* Action packed Friday nights on Star Movies this April
* Red FM in association with IIFA Awards yet again
* Disney firms up plans to launch its 3 channels
* Zee to launch kids channel Space Toons
(1April 2004)


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