's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of June
* Delhi govt meets MSOs on entertainment tax issue
* Zee's India's Best hits the television shelf
* BAG films net sales FY2004 up by 29 per cent
* Sony CFO NP Singh in charge of MAX
* Star to take Radio City to new shores
* Asianet ups growth 20%; plans strategic tie-ups
* Lanka Cricket, Ten Sports to play 20/20 cricket
* improves convenience with PC news ticker
* AXN to give WRC the Shakedown
(30 June 2004)
* Balaji's 'Kitni Mast...' on MTV India to air in Sept
* New look, re-launch for B4U Music in store
* BBC World gets new Washington presenters on board
* CNBC-TV 18 launches 'CNBC-TV 18 Mobile'
* Toonz ties up with Seagull Prod to explore UAE mrkts
* Star Sports hits a 'chauka' with Hindi
* Intelsat-Telespazio to provide service to Saipem
* Splash set to swell beyond South
* B'casters, Reddy talk investment caps
* Watching TV advances adolescence: Study
(29 June 2004)
* TV18 to raise Rs 200 million for expansion
* Ten's McDonald meets Reddy
* Cartoon Ntwrk acquires animated series 'Jungle Tales'
* Walk the Budget Tightrope with CNBC-TV 18
* John Thornton elected to NewsCorp board of directors
* Anigraph goes 'full house' on final day
* First professional cricket league formed in US
* BBC MG to give online access to image clips
* MAX's Rajat Jain to head Disney India
(28 June 2004)
* Disney to launch Indian variant of ABC: paper
* TV 18 announces Rs 200 mn rights issue
* BBC World daily audience up 50% among Europeans
* India's first online TV audience rating syst launched
* Star Wireless ready to roll by July end
* Day 2 at Anigraph '04: The industry participates
(26 June 2004)
* Animax to launch with two-hour Hindi feed
* Pearl Media enters South India with Sun TV soap
* Star News gears up for 'Budget 2004'
* Nick Asia to launch English site 1 July
* FII in news venture: govt studying issue
* North-East producers to submit memo to I&B minister
* Anigraph '04 opens with special effects session
(25 June 2004)
* 'Discovery to launch 3 lifestyle chnls'
* Internet & Online Ass. aims 100m users by 2007
* Viacom to acquire 75.8 per cent of Viva Media
* Sun to launch music, movie channel
* BBC to launch journalism institute
* 'Fuzon' rocks the MTV session
* Filmart 2004 talks Digital at inaugural session
* Ilyasi's 'India TVís Most Wanted' helps nab 2 criminals
* Red FM gets witty with 'Sharmaji Se Poocho'
* Creevey joins CNBC Asia Pac as senior VP
(24 June 2004)
* Dedicated afternoon band for the 'Zee Woman'
* Anigraph 2004 opens Thursday
* Pottermania pushes up Pogo ratings
* UK's 'Bollywood Star' hunt has 'big' winner
* Hong Kong TV, film market kicks off
* Ten acquires worldwide rights for SA's tour of SL
* ESS to package Pool tourney for global b'casters
* BBC DG Thompson stresses need for change
(23 June 2004)
* Dues dispute: ESS cuts Hathway feed in areas
* 'Hum Tum' animation series boys Vs girls theme
* FT-BS to have joint advertising schemes
* Zee News locks in on daytime viewers
* NDTV achieves operational breakeven
* Trai releases revision of leased circuits' tariffs paper
* imbX trade shows get overwhelming response
* DD's DTH launch in limbo?
(22 June 2004)
* Alcatel, Finmeccanica form the Space Alliance
* Zee TV president Sunil Khanna resigns
* ETC to air DS grp's endeavour of Indo-Pak peace
* Nielsen wins Swedish TV ratings contract
* UTV's IPO planned for post-September
* TWI renews distrib'n deal of Manchester United TV
* Siti, Hathway, on I&B channel applicant list
(21 June 2004)
* Trai urged to monitor service quality
* MTNL, Reliance make their case for broadband
* Viacom-Blockbuster head for splitsville
* Zee to debut thriller 'Tamanna House' in 10 pm slot
* Surya TV banishes 'Comedy Time' as TRPs dip
* Radio Mirchi gets more Mumbaiya with Hello Mumbai
(19 June 2004)
* Animal Planet eyes 20mn+ dist. mark
* TWI bags intl TV rights for French Soccer
* Nimbus to add more sponsored shows to its kitty
* History Channel to recreate the story of Troy
* Fox looking at music awards show 'American Top 40'
* Resounding kick-off for 'Euro 2004' site
* ESS secures multi-year rights for Golf US Open
* Qualcomm's Hind foresees boom in Ind telecom sector
(18 June 2004)
* Star News opts for Snell & Wilcox IQ modular prod
* IBF seeks sops for electronic media
* BBC expands medium wave transmissions to N. India
* Intelsat 10-02 satellite launch successful
* Ibrahim to anchor 'World News' for CNBC Asia Pacific
* NBC Universal TV undergoes corporate restructuring
* Discovery goes down the country road
* Trai yet to decide on DTH architecture
(17 June 2004)
* Sony bags worldwide TV rights to 'Holland Cup'
* NGT&F taps Ian Jones as Explore International presi.
* HTMT appoints K Thiagarajan as COO
* Sahara's 'Mr & Miss Bollywood' in its final phase
* ESS wins global TV rights for Asia Cup
* Asianet gets bolder with talk show 'Nammal Thammil'
* [V] lends support to 2007 Special Olympics in China
* PanAmSat upbeat at Singapore Expo
* Loral Skynet renews agreement to distribute HBO
* US-based Telugu channel Sneha TV to turn 24-hours
* HBO launches second season of 'Sex and the City'
(16 June 2004)
* Pvt producers shifted off prime time slots on DD News
* 16 transferred from DD News to AIR
* ZILS announces Zee Institute of Media Arts
* Zee's Dish TV shifting to NSS-6 from Insat in July
* Sun TV to launch 'high profile' serial
* Russian conglomerate to pump in $6 billion in India
*'s Qalam to start from 21 June
* BBC leads intl channels on poll coverage ratings
* Care TV to launch two 'channel driving' programmes
* Pakistan's first biz news channel to launch in July
* Asia's biggest infocomm market kicks off
(15 June 2004)
* Bilingual Hungama set for Aug. launch
* Pak FM states guideline on TV licence fee payment
* BroadcastAsia 2004 to serve as a platform for Kodak
* CASBAA appoints GM for Singapore & Southeast Asia
* Alcatel reinforces co-op with China with DTH satellite
* Fox Kids Europe increases revenues by 17 per cent
* CNBC Asia Pacific makes anchor appointments
* Indo-Pak serial 'Ana' scheduled to air in August
* Radio City wins 'Corporate Karaoke Championship'
(14 June 2004)
* 'Star' quality at the Star Parivar awards
* CAS rate freeze worries Star India
* Zee TV announces the 'India's Best' winners of Delhi
* ABC News' Barbara Walters to open Promax&BDA '04
(12 June 2004)
* Trai discusses CAS with pay channels
* Zee English greets monsoon with two new launches
* Atlas- BSNL to launch b'band 'netTV'
* Animal Planet plans aggro strategy in India
* Intelsat plans to ink deal with private investors
* Creative Eye to make show for Star Plus
* CBS running 'The Amazing Race' for fifth time
* US Hispanic broadcaster files suit against Nielsen
* Sri Lankan board signs four-year TV rights deal
* TV9 to launch news, entertainment channels
(11 June 2004)
* DD misses Prasar Bharati CEO Sarma's 'Olympic' run
* TiVo bears the brunt as DirecTV sells stake
* MTV US plans a rejig
* Comcast eyeing 24-hr network for kids
* Indiantelevision Dot Com's 'Qalam' is back
* Zee- Belgacom to air Alpha Etc Punjabi on Eutelsat
* Max to present Hollywood movies in Hindi
* Mainstream Data to distribute Bloomberg News
* BBC to make series on British Pak community
* Aditya Ray takes over as CEO, Maharaja Television
* AXN Xtreme Challenge plays on Indo-Pak rivalry
* Three news channels set to launch in Telugu
(10 June 2004)
* Ten Sports draws blank on India-Japan match
* Disney terms Miramax 'unprofitable'
* Star launches wireless division
* Revamp in Star India management team
* Wayne Jackson is PwC's ent. practice global leader
* Star TV Taiwan GM moves to CETV as CEO
* Reality TV spreads its wings into China
* 'Sumo' Dutta heads Star wireless arm
* MTV US pumping up the volume with different genres
* CNN swims the seas this Summer with new show
* E! Networks enters Singapore, Indonesia
(9 June 2004)
* Akbar threatens to sue government in 'IHT' case row
* Disney contemplates Miramax sale
* Mudra Videotec to do shows for Gemini, Udaya, Sun
* UTV's Hungama TV unveils its logo
* Nick poaches Hejmadi from Turner
* Zee reschedules Delhi's 'India's best' auditions
* Celeb show heralds Zee afternoon band revamp
* Flextronics takes over Hughes in $226m. deal
(8 June 2004)
* Government to file caveat in 'IHT' case
* Times defers biz channel to next year
* Star Plus' 'DMNHC' adopts a new twist in tale
* Radio FM cos. push for quick policy change
* MTV to air new vignette shows 'Desi Raj', 'Page 3'
* Hallmark going the subscription route to grow
* Aaj Tak's Anoop Varma calls it quits
* 'Zoom to launch by Oct-Nov 2004': Jain
* Ambani, Jain to meet Reddy
* Showtime shifts b'casting centre to Dubai Media City
* Tracy Katsky is HBO US senior VP
* Depp, Thurman shine at 2004 MTV Movie Awards
* Netway's Mumbai test run in 2 months
(7 June 2004)
* Zee TV crowns 'Mumbai's Best'
* Star Parivaar Awards: 'Sujal-Kashish' lead
* Survey tags Bloomberg TV audience as cable's richest
* Pakistan bans five TV networks
* TV Today's net profit up 24 per cent
* CNBC-TV18 to premiere 'The Lounge'
* 'External obligations' force DirecTV to quit TiVo Board
* CNBC-TV18 to telecast ABLA awards winner special
* CNN bashes China for Tiananmen coverage blackout
* Malaysian TV channel to air Tamil programmes
(5 June 2004)
* Govt. not to alter existing FDI norms for media sector
* India registered 'IHT' has I&B fuming
* David E. Kelley attempts reality the law way
* BroadcastAsia to stage special sessions, seminars
* Aaj Tak's Arup Gopikrishna joins Zee
* PPL, broadcasters head for showdown
* WBU-TC demands rethinking on MPEG-4 AVC licensing
* Dish, Directv score in CSI in US
* ESS extends cricket reach in Singapore with new deal
* 'American Idol'' Fantasia to release debut single
* Viacom's restructuring claims Jonathan Dolgen
* Intelsat to give add'l services to MTN marine clients
(4 June 2004)
* Indian film producers to check out Thailand locations
* Star News restores 'Poll Khol' on popular demand
* Reddy silent as cable fraternity pushes for CAS
* 'India's Most Wanted' returns on Sharma's India TV
* Discovery explores its wild side 'Living with Tigers'
* NATPE, Discop announce new alliance
* Reed Midem to launch DVD Awards at Mipcom '04
* UK media reg proposes content-based prog labelling
* Intelsat to support BT's new sat Broadband service
* Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' pulls off dist deal
* Maran backs Trai on DSL rate cut
* Sahara plans $5 million stage production
* Reality TV lines up three new shows
* Visiware's Playin'TV now in Spainish digital TV mkt
(3 June 2004)
* Navin Chawla assumes charge as I&B secretary
* Zee's search for 'India's best' comes to Mumbai
* Two way tussle likely for Viacom's top position
* Zee launches dedicated Singapore feed
* Dish adds new Chinese channels to intl prog line-up
* Nielsen's ratings system for NY launches Thursday
* Uefa plays football online with subscription service
* Intelsat partners with BMW WilliamsF1 team
* Media speculation rife on Karmazin's next stop
* Paul O'Hanlon is Star senior VP production
* Star Plus launching in S'pore 2 August, next stop US
* Ekta Kapoor faces the camera on MTV
(2 June 2004)
* COO Mel Karmazin exits Viacom
* Hong Kong's GSB slashes pay TV charges
* UTV's distrib'n venture gets intern'l & national head
* New marketing VP at Discovery International
* Fireworks in store for the Star Parivaar awards
* PRCAI to discuss "Quality and Standards" in Mumbai
* TVS, Chua to produce a reality series on Asia Travel
* Broadband erodes TV consumption
* Nat Geo to produce animated comedy series
* Nick's anniv party blends with Promax&BDA opening
* Weatherford to head Cookie Jar Ent's Asia operations
* 47 hrs, 8 mins: New record for continuous TV watching
* Poll winds blamed for 'Jassi' ratings slip
* DD targets June 3rd week for DTH launch
(1 June 2004)


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