's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of August
* 47 more non-Kannada cinemas close in Bangalore
* 'Sholay' propels Zee Cinema ratings on 15 Aug
* ETC announces launch of etc Khalsa
* 'Jassi's...' plot' transiting to some serious drama
* StarHub, ESS pen deal on EPL matches for 3 seasons
* Rains fail to dampen Max' Indo-Pak match ratings
* ABC from Down Under comes aboard Dish TV
* Solid, Moriah forge distribution deal for WWII films
* Trai CAS report may release by mid September
(31 August 2004)
* Further 2-month delay in Trai report
* Alpha Bangla celebrates monsoon
* 21 theatres announce closure in Karnataka
* OutKast, Jay-Z triumph at MTV Video Music Awards
* ESS lines up elaborate plans for Natwest Series
* Reality TV gets fashion savvy on CBS with Hilfiger
(30 August 2004)
* Chandra confident of bagging India rights
* Fourth Indian Telly Awards' judging completed
* B4U appoints Satman Strategies as distributor
* Eutelsat launches of Hispasat's Amazona satellite
* Former Five TV chief lead bidder for Hallmark TV
* Viacom acquires stake in Viva Media
* Sahara Manoranjan in makeover mode
* Smile TV gears for cable debut in September
(28 August 2004)
* Eurosport, Visiware launch TV interactive service
* Zee TV looks at rehauling its content
* B'lore non-Kannada theaters apprehensive
* UTV's 'Kehta hai dil', 'Meher' top the charts
* 'World Poker Tour' on block at BCWW '04
* Noted Kannada Artiste Rajanand passes away
(27 August 2004)
* Aaj Tak preparing for a makeover
* Alpha's Apla Alpha records 7.5 TVRS in Maharashtra
* State panel okays release of non-Kannada films
* B'cast bill out; convergence in?
* MTV, PNC join item girl hunt
* Sufi music fest live on Alpha Punjabi, ETC Punjabi
* Government arm biggest defaulter with DD
(26 August 2004)
* Viacom promotes Bruce Taub as EVP operations
* Channels to pay DD for Olympics footage
* Hinduja TMT announces audited results for FY 04
* Trai's Consultation Paper on community radio out
* Ease curbs to spur growth: Star, Sony
* Octagon to focus on ad funded programmes
* Chile's pubcaster's Olympic ratings soar on tennis
* TWI extends contract with FA Premier League
* WWE's reality show to find next superstar
* Star makes open offer for 20 % stake in Balaji
* Ten beefs up programming with football
(25 August 2004)
* Chandra meets Trai officials, pushes Zee DTH case
* Prasar can't be regulator: House panel
* Optimystix targets March 2005 for intl. debut
* GRB Ent. pens new deal with SBS Broadcasting
* PNC becomes first ISO entertainment company
* Dubai TV signs Barco for backdrop display in studio
* Orange, Endemol bring ringtone chart to UK telly
* Balaji to convene EGM on 17 September
(24 August 2004)
* Fourth Indian Telly Awards' jury meet begins
* Star One set for October-end launch
* Deepak Chopra joins iSOMES advisory board
* Two more shows on Plus from the Balaji pad
* Dish takes b'band rights for Holland, Champions cups
* CDG urges TRAI to allocate PCS1900 spectrum
* Reality TV goes in for localisation in India
* BBC claims excellent response to Olympic service
* Fox Sports is fastest growing sports site in US
(23 August 2004)
* AXN kicks off India Pak challenge in Mumbai
* Hungama announces its 20 TV Captains
* Satellite tops US customer satisfaction survey
* 'MTV Hero Honda Roadies 2' hits the trail
* Zee Telefilms fixes book closure
* FTV plans on-ground line extensions
* Animal Planet brings in new shows, fresh anchors
(21 August 2004)
* Intelsat has pre-booked for Olympic coverage online
* Viacom gets Governors Award for public camp
* CNN trains its 'Eye On India' next month
* Pressure for outsourcing may dilute BBC's position
* Udaya issue: Final solution yet to emerge
* Star Group revenues up 20%: report
* 'Millionaire' host Philbin sets record
* Globecast's adds new clients for Olympic broadcast
* EBU makes Olympic video content available online
* Shamita Singha and Sajid Khan are new B4U VJs
(20 August 2004)
* Asianet lines up special shows on 11th anniv.
* Panamsat merges with DirecTV group subsidiary
* Ravina Kohli parts ways with Star News
* HBO to premiere LORT-2 on Asian TV
* Non-Kannada film exhibitors bear the brunt
* BBC launches Tamil film music series
* Cable operators threaten not to pay MSOs for Udaya
* 'Bollywood on Demand' on US cable
* Abhijit Pradhan joins UTV as vice-president
* Doordarshan invites bid for archives
(19 August 2004)
* Star's 'Dekho' steady, Sony's 'H2HN' slip slides
* Star's official statement on Balaji stake acquisition
* B'band plan to clear telcos' entry into cable?
* Cable ops suspend strike against service tax
* Star takes 25 % stake in Balaji Telefilms
* Tara Bangla to start radio transmission
* Telemart-2004 will spark new ideas: Screwvala
* Zee's new show to change 8- 8.30 pm war scene
* CNBC-TV 18 launches 'Masterstrokes' with Bhogle
* CNN to host US election town meeting 19 Aug
* 'Canadian Idol' goes instrumental on Thursday
* BSkyB sues IT provider EDS
* ABU Prizes 2004 TV finalists announced
* SET Asia launches in Germany via Primacom
(18 August 2004)
* BCCI India rights decision in 10 days
* In Karnataka, no cable or Udaya blackout
* 'Get Gorgeous' spruces [V] channel share
* Piracy has cost entertainment industry Rs 4 million
* Cable TV strike call fails to make an impact
* Tanuj Garg joins UTV
* Zee to expand into fresh terrain in South East Asia
* Miramax Films cut workforce
* CNN takes the Young Journalist Award to Pakistan
* BCCI defers decision on awarding India rights
* [V] China appoints Grace Gu as general manager
* Radaan plots a comeback to Hindi television
* Intelsat to be acquired by pvt investors consortium
(17 August 2004)
* Rights issue referred to BCCI marketing panel
* I&B mulls panel to take a 'tough' look into DTH
* Karnataka cable ops submit memo to deputy CM
* Star World to launch new series 'Ed'
* TOI on a hiring spree for TV channels
* Cable frat set to strike over service tax
* Cable stringing deadline unrealistic: Karnataka MSOs
* Zee TV UK bags Sahara Manoranjan's Sridevi sitcom
* ETV takes 5 regional channels to US
* Docu 'Faith in the White House' releases next month
* Sir David Frost's new deal with BBC News
* Geo TV to set up distribution base in India
* UTV to evolve as 'solutions partner'
* Monisha Singh is Miditech VP programming
* India cricket telecast rights: Zee ups the ante
(16 August 2004)
* ESS lays claim to India cricket telecast rights
* ETV Marathi unveils election specials
* Alpha Marathi plans global expansion
* Channels line up special prog. for I-Day
* Zee poised to win India cricket rights
* Indianised Sesame to start airing by Dec'05
* 'Aap Ki Adalat' relaunches on India TV
* Two days of 'Night' on Star Movies
* Sahara to launch afternoon soap 'Prratima' on 23 Aug
(14 August 2004)
* Govt 'no' to FM revenue-sharing model
* Delhi HC dismisses case against Aaj Tak scribes
* ESS plans host of innovations around EPL coverage
* Non-Kannada film releases in K'taka halted
* Star News crew assaulted outside Rail Bhavan
* India needs to explore animation, gaming sector
* Trai gives go ahead for cable price review
* Balaji ready with 9 new shows across channels
* News Corp revenue up 20 per cent for the year
* Udaya - Karnataka cable fraternity tussle continues
* Zee Telefilms to support Marathi film industry
* Cartoon Netwk, Warner to produce preschool content
* Ofcom confirms BBC independent production quota
* AXN's Xtreme: India-Pak Challenge kicks off 21 Aug
(13 August 2004)
* DD strikes deal for ICC cricket matches till 2007
* Alpha Marathi celebrates Apla Alpha Awards
* Premier League to kick off on ADD's FirstNet
* 'Must provide' ruling expected soon
* 'Cable Quest' exb to bring cable frat together
* Anti-piracy event on Sahara on 15 August
* Parmeet Sethi nominated by Israeli Film Acad
* Monthly subscription Rs 6 for Hungama TV
* Tara Bangla lines up events; eyes Bangladesh mkt
(12 August 2004)
* PIL filed in Bombay HC challenging India rights tender
* Govt. bats for DD on cricket t'cast rights
* IBF to form sub-panel for presentations to Govt
* Trai okays 26 % FDI for FM, bar on news stays
* Abhijit Saxena takes charge as Zee TV business head
* India's first TV content marketplace in September
* TRAI moots revenue share for FM
* News Corp board okays US reincorporation
* Documentary film on Rupert Murdoch releases in US
* Viacom merges CBS, Paramount world distribution
* BBC to introduce 'Junior Mastermind' in the UK
* Ten acquires rights for India-Pak hockey series
* VNU posts five per cent organic revenue growth
* ESPN drives Disney's revenue up 17 per cent
(11 August 2004)
* Zee News claims No. 2 status among affluent adults
* Bangalore cable tragedy: officials unclear abt probe
* Discovery to launch new channel in Oct
* TRAI wants ombudsman for telecom sector
* China gives digital TV licence to 4 State-owned cos
* Director Ajai Sinha seeks fresh talent
* Kannada govt forms panel for local cinema policy
* 'Sesame Street' to don Indian avatar
* Channel [V] to launch 'Super Singer' in Sep.
(10 August 2004)
* 31 Aug last date for comments on unified licensing
* Karnataka cable ops-Udaya talks fail
* Star Plus' Spanish baby 'Dekho magar...' starts well
* Tara Bangla takes DTH route to North America
* TBS to digitise assets, bring transmission in house
* Popular Asian channels go free in UK for August
* ranks as top website during US convention
* Star buys out UTV stake in Vijay TV
* ESS renews deal with Thai pay TV operator UBC
* Columbia Tristar to release 'Seinfeld' DVD in HD
* Different IBF panels for pay, FTA mooted
* Zee Music swings to Item Bomb beat
(9 August 2004)
* BCCI invites 4-yr cricket TV rights bids
* BBC's 'Mastermind' fifth volume unveiled
* K'taka film producers association plans protest rally
* CII's Telemart 2004 to be held on 16-17 September
* Sun Media, Lenovo develop b'band business in China
* Tara Bangla greets monsoon with movie series
(7 August 2004)
* Prasar Bharati invites Hindi film right holders for DD
* Delhi HC approves NDTV amalgamation
* Growth in telecom accelerates in July: Trai
* Trai's draft suggestions on unified licensing
* Hathway corp comm head Anirban Choudhary resigns
* Cricket rights: dealmakers on the prowl
* Turner Europe to bring ent. transmission in house
* Vijay TV updates primetime band with new shows
* Cricket t'cast bids may open next week
* Crown Media in discussions to sell Hallmark
* Octagon CSI negotiate media deals for Eng Cricket
* 'Oprah Winfrey Show' gets three year extension
* Sahara bolsters primetime with two sitcoms
* Zee bags 'Deewar' as Independence day treat
(6 August 2004)
* Headlines Today claims to be on number two position
* DD to put lone channel on BSkyB DTH platform
* Dish TV forays into urban markets
* TVS Electronics Rolls out first Indian set top box
* Aaj Tak to present live telecast of CM's Conclave
* Disney's UK ent. channel ABC1 to roll in September
* Essel Propack acquires Arista Tubes, UK
* Thackeray bans Sena leaders from TV appearances
* Udaya refutes Karnataka cable ops' black out claims
* Channel NewsAsia broadens its reach to Malaysia
* Adina Pitt promoted to VP acquisitions at Nick, US
* [V] to present largest outdoor music event in China
* Asianet targets Mideast expats with talent hunt
(5 August 2004)
* PIL seeks probe into porn on DTH
* DD classic series launching with Premchand's 'Godan'
* Sahara's 'Mr & Miss Bollywood' enters final round'
* Sunil Rohra is new CEO B4U (UK, Europe)
* B4U's Neeraj Arora joins rival Set Asia as VP intl biz
* Discovery to air Olympic special- Rural Olympics
* Hathway's broadband package for residential users
* Alpha Bangla to woo the masses with new fare
* Delhi HC admits case seeking check on porn via DTH
* Mohnish Behl's father expires in fire
* BBC nominated for 18 Spoken Word Awards
* BBC archive footage featured in 10 Emmy nominees
* DTH growth prospects in Europe limited: report
* Per display appliances to impact big screen TV sales
* BBC's agreement gives producers rights control
(4 August 2004)
* aMAP claims to offer myriad ways to track audience groups
* Hungama 'Captain Hunt' Mumbai winners announced
* Vijay TV launches life style show 'Vijay Times'
* CNBC & ICICI hold 'Emerging India Forum' in Mumbai
* Zee to 'keep pushing' Zee Cinema for Singapore
* MTV to conduct audition for 'Roadies II'
* Taj TV bags Lanka cric rights for $50m
* Beehive receives first sales order from Middle East
* DirecTV acquires Pegasus' bankrupt satellite TV unit
* Intl Emmy news coverage nominees announced
* 59% Indians prefer watching films at home: survey
* ESPN to televise NBA games live from China in Oct.
* B4U Music introduces two new shows
* Animax Asia unleash 8 vignettes; 4 new characters
(3 August 2004)
* Karnataka cable ops to ban Udaya channels
* Trendz TV to launch more Indian shows
* Bag Films reports a Q1 gross profit of 2052.8 mn
* Panamsat reports marginal rise in Q2 revenue
* Star lines up new shows on Movies, World
* Asia growing as hub for US TV animation: Report
* Panel to look into Karnataka film industry problems
* MGM reports decline in second quarter revenues
* TV-18 group posts Q1 net profit of Rs 169.42 mn
(2 August 2004)


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