's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of January
* HBO lines up Oscar movie bonanza and special Valentine fare
* Actor Preity Zinta to pen column for BBC website
* Irked filmmakers shun MIFF, organise their own 'Vikalp'
* Essel Propack FY03 group net up 9.8% YoY, Indian ops down 16%
* MTV Asia awards gets Sugarbabes, A*Mei, Sammi Cheng, Machi
* Andrew Gilligan's resignation statement in full
* Billy Crystal to host Oscars; 'Alias' star Jennifer Garner to present sci-tech awards
* BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan quits as Hutton backlash grows
* Punjabi Music Awards live on etc Channel Punjabi on 21 Feb
* Southern Spice fine tunes its act
(31 January 2004)
* DD News to get another make-over
* Dyke hits out at Hutton, says report full of errors
* Sun Network to launch channel for the young in Feb
* Censor Board reconstituted
* Discovery US probing the reality genre
* 46th Grammy Awards live on Channel [V] & Star World
* Pixar could hatch alliance with Time Warner, Fox
* J-Lo to localise innovative TV show for the US
* ICC's three year deal for weekly cricket news show
(30 January 2004)
* Full text of BBC D-G Greg Dyke's statement
* After Davies, BBC D-G Dyke too stands down
* Cable fraternity hits out at TRAI
* Zee News sting into graft in judiciary incenses Chief Justice who orders CBI probe
* Javed Jaaferi to host new Aaj Tak show
* Adlabs Films okays 6% acquisition in Prime Focus
* PNC Q3 net up 3% YoY
* Sahara does a hat trick of new shows
* RAM awards Radio City numero uno status in Mumbai
* UTV show climbs TVR charts in all TV homes
* Hutton report may alter BBC functioning
(29 January 2004)
* Parliament dissolution puts all pending media matters on hold, FM players immediate losers
* Time Warner revenue increases by six per cent
* New cable ops association formed in the South
* Convergence, animation, gaming to receive special attention at FICCI Frames 2004
* Country specific seminars to form major highlight of Frames 2004
* B.A.G. Films net profit up 16 per cent
(28 January 2004)
* IBF says let market forces decide; cable ops want TRAI to rein in broadcasters
* B4U Music salutes Mumbai's spirit on republic day
* IBF plea to TRAI: leave revenue aspects to market forces
* Shake up in the offing for CNN US
* Zee consolidated net up 27% on back of good subscription showing
* Nick to take over Super Bowl in US
* Walters calls it a day on ABC's '20/20' after 25 years
* Jerry Brandt to head Synovate's media research unit in US
* Anti music piracy activity gathering momentum in US
* Musharraf to launch TV channel in PoK on 5 Feb
* ABC counting on 'Millionaire' show to bring back the magic
* HBO, BBC win big at the Golden Globes
(27 January 2004)
* Balaji Tele Q3 numbers take a hit - net slips 16%
* New 'plug-in' movie channel Cine World set for February launch
* Emmy Academies NATAS & ATAS bury differences, agree to work together
* ESPN to debut Cricket Cup Juniors on 27 January
* Alpha Gaurav 2004 nomination night runs full house
* Dow Jones, Times Group in deal to publish Wall Street Journal for India
* US lawmakers okay 39 per cent TV cap
(24 January 2004)
* Cable consumers must have multiple options: Baijal
* Pakistan Cricket Board issues tender bid for Ind-Pak tour
* ESS bags rights for Uefa 'Euro 2004' for the Indian Sub-continent
* Ted Turner, Oprah featured in Wharton's most influential list
* CBS lines up sci fi-legal drama for mid season package
* First Asian American network set for August launch
* Parents die in tiff over daughter's TV watching
* India in Top 4 of growing cable markets
(23 January 2004)
* Telecom, cable ground realities different: industry
* Prasar officials resent move to hire outsiders for AIR news channel
* WRC motor action premieres on AXN
* Sony Asia to air Morari Bapu's Ram Katha Manas Mahtma
* TV18 Q3 posts net profit of Rs 53.3 mn
* Liberty Media acquires 9.15 per cent voting interest in News Corp
* Zee cine awards 2004 to be held at Dubai Media City on 26 February
* Star News asserts it is real No. 2; claims lead position among affluent males
(22 January 2004)
* Uday Shankar has quit Aaj Tak, all set to join Star News
* Fifa, TWI working on television programmes
* UPN looking for America's smoothest operator
* 'Kumars at No. 42' in BBC's 2003 TV moments nominees list
* Fox hits a home run with premiere of 'American Idol's third season
* Another kids channel PowerKidz on the horizon
* Ten Sports has global brodcast rights for Australia tour of Sri Lanka
* ETC Network reports net profit of Rs 27.4 m in Q3
* MSNBC editor-in-chief Jerry Nachman dies at 57
(21 January 2004)
* Tata Sons, Star Group ink DTH deal; Tatas to hold 80% stake
* Star Movies gets movie bonanza to build the Oscar hype
* Taj Sports' Bukhatir assures efforts to give Pakistan TV cricket feed
* IBF says no to TRAI legal challenge; sets up subcommittee
* 'Saahasa Baluru' to regale etv Telugu audience
* Women sideline in media?
* ARY to launch in US with Indo-Pak cricket series
* MTV Asian Award to be hosted by Vanness Wu
* Hinduja TMT reports 37% increase in Q3 net
* Nimbus associate V-P Luthra resigns
(20 January 2004)
* IBF discusses TRAI, cable price freeze
* Ten Sports gets its press drive going on Indo-Pak series, uncertainty notwithstanding
* NY court rules Modi case on ESS admissable; 1st hearing 26 Jan
* World Sport Nimbus to produce U 19 Cricket World Cup 'live' telecast
* Star Chinese Movies to launch in Singapore on StarHub CableTV
* Pogo to entice Indian kids with Harry Potter this summer
* Star looking to up distribution numbers on BSkyB with new deal
* Hallmark to continue along family court room drama route with 'Judging Amy'
* Dogs and TV go together: survey
* MTV US to relaunch College Network as mtvU
* Warner Bros. Intl TV distribution announces executive promotions
* CBS CEO keen on fresh 'Raymond' season
* WB to spruce line-up with television movies
* Broadcasters mull legal redress on TRAI notification
(19 January 2004)
* iEmmy calls for entries for 32nd Awards gala
* NDTV India lays claim to No. 2 Hindi news channel status
* India has 2-year lead in CGI animation over Asian rivals: Mike Young
* Cameron Diaz to make travel show for MTV
(17 January 2004)
* CNN's Richard Quest takes viewers on 'Election Express'
* Piracy main deterrant to Vivendi Universal's coming to India: Fourtou
* Kiran Karmarkar, Niki Aneja feted at Lions' awards
* Star World's new series follows in Joe's tracks
* Nigel Baker is APTN's MD
* Discovery special showcases communal harmony in Punjab
* Siti Cable, Trinity Platco tie up for distribution and content
* Govt allows 100% FDI in specialty magazines
* Hutch debuts in Rajasthan
* NATPE 2004 to have strong representation from France
* BBC freelance journo killed in Bangla bomb blast
* TVTN lists on BSE, hits a high of Rs 225 in first min of trading
(16 January 2004)
* TRAI notification: advantage cable ops for present?
* TRAI notification freezes cable TV rates as on 26 December 2003
* CNBC crowns Honda City as the 'Car of the year'
* TRAI releases CAS consultation note; seeks inputs by 30 Jan
* PCB says will honour telecast deal with Ten Sports
(15 January 2004)
* Barco opens new company in Canada
* Zee debuts 15 series of 'Kabhie Kabhie'
* Hinduja TMT bags US BPO contract
* HBO looks to increase viewership base with 'Big One' programme block
* Sab TV firms up current affairs channel plan - Madhavi Mutatkar to head
* Zee News sports new look
* Rs 1 billion investment for UTV's channel for young
* Zee's 'Kittie Party' damsels to revel Egyptian style
(14 January 2004)
* FM b'cast policy tipped for a change before general elections
* 'Piya ka ghar' gets Dr Simran to build viewer base
* Discovery to air 'Capturing Saddam'
* [V]'s pop star band Aasma out with second music video
* Curtain calls for NBC's 'Frasier'
* Zee's religious channel Jagran launches 14 Jan
* US to host Bollywood Awards in May
* Griffiths to be replaced by three execs at MGM
* Apurva Purohit to head Times TV project
* Asia-Pac C&S growth slows to 9%: MPA
(13 January 2004)
* LMOs sniff a benefit from TRAI entry
* Lipin Trust to underwrite Natpe Awards
* Raj TV lines up movie magic for Pongal
* Balaji's latest gives DD audiences a big thrill
* On New Year's Eve, still Star Plus' soaps that ruled
* Rally championship action switches to ITV in UK
* Paul Cutler is CNN Intl Asia Pacific's managing editor
* ESS' 'Shahz and Wahz Show' enters TAM Top 100
* Net broadband connections increase 27 per cent in US
* Sporting News names Bodenheimer most powerful in sports
* Showtime's reality show centres around US Presidential elections
* Harris awarded contract for developing Iraqi Media Network
* BBC World extends partnership with DD
(12 January 2004)
* MTV brings down the house with Asia awards bash
* Channel [V] Chinese Music Awards completes a decade
* Ten Sports bags rights for Copa America 2004
(10 January 2004)
* TRAI to mandate STB norms, channel pricing, ad duration
* ESS switches InCableNet back on in Mumbai as deal signed
* PBS gets grant for public affairs channel
* AOL, Warner Bros, NBC team for 'Friends' promo
* Smriti Z Iraani appointed as BJP youth wing VP
* Boogie Woogie set to unveil dancing wonders
* Culture curry, music & movie for Pongal on Vijay TV
* TRAI to be broadcast industry regulator
* DD Sports to air Commonwealth Chess highlights
* ESS switches off InCableNet in Mumbai
* IAAF to hold world television seminar in March
* NFL games bring in high viewership in the US
* NFL hatches Super Bowl deal with China Central TV
* Delhi MSOs blame politicians & media for CAS confusion
(9 January 2004)
* ESS-InCable parleys to continue Friday
* Two IAS officers to head DD, AIR
* DD irked at Zee's including its FTA channels as part of Dish TV's DTH
* DD News does the big poach on Aaj Tak
* India-Pak cricket series: Ten Sports firm on giving DD only daily highlights package
* TV Today to debut on bourses 16 January
* CNBC-TV18 revs into third edition of Autocar awards
* INMumbai grooms city girls for beauty pageant
* Arianespace wins two Japanese contracts
* Balaji promoters offload 4.85% stake to FIIs
* Disney board undertakes annual review
* Ernst & Young's Nitin Atroley to oversee corporate affairs at Star
* Crest Comm board finalises $ 5.8 million GDR
* CNN elevates Kristie Lu Stout as 'New Biz Today's ' co-anchor
* Viacom, DirecTV ink carriage deal
(8 January 2004)
* Ten Sports loses FA Cup rights to ESPN Star Sports
* Sony to hold Sports Award Ceremony in UK
* TV news presenter jailed under sexual harrasment charges in Singapore
* CII backs conditional access
* NGC looks to score touchdown with 'Mission Mars'
* Zee's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa travels to Dubai
* Zarghami elevated as Nickelodeon TV president
* Paresh Rawal show to debut with Malini Iyer on Sahara
* Sony announces Katial's appointment as exec V-P prog & response
(7 January 2004)
* 300+ Patna cable ops on indefinite strike
* CNBC Arabiya debuts news operations in Riyadh
* Gemini launches Kalaa Tapasvi's 'Sarvamangalaa'
* Fox chairman Sandy Grushow steps down to launch Phase Two
* Zee plans to launch religious channel - Jaagaran- this month
(6 January 2004)
* Quash CAS move: cable frat seething
* ESS-InCable parleys inconclusive, to continue tomorrow
* Star Plus' valiant 'Hatim' wins over audiences on debut
* DD's 'Shaktimaan' caters to the hearing impaired
* BBC buys comedy 'Arrested Development' from Fox
* Animax Asia to have three feeds by end of Jan
* ESS looking to hit a distribution 'Grand Slam' in smaller markets
* 'Sopranos' fifth season debuts on HBO 7 March
* Airline to take centrestage in reality show
* Synergy to help Star find India's 'Child Genius'
(5 January 2004)
* Cable ops seek public support on CAS
(4 January 2004)
* CODA vows to oppose fresh pay channel rate hikes
* ESS threatens to switch-off InCable following expiry of deal
* ETC board okays share-swap ratio for merger
* Pogo officially launched but not to be seen
* Tech TV to merge with Comcast's G4 channel
* Net will become ubiquitous in 2004: e-agency prediction
* BBC World to launch 'Back To The Floor'
* Universal Music mulls uncensored music TV channel
* Aaj Tak turns three
(3 January 2004)
* AXN to add one-hour Hindi feed from 5 Jan
* White paper on CAS and cable industry
* Government bids to build case for dumping CAS
* HBO to premiere 'Spiderman' in Asia
* Viagra is No 1 on AOL's top 10 spam list 2003
* BBC to conduct poll on Britain's best sitcom
(2 January 2004)
* Star News uplinking gets govt. nod
(1 January 2004)
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