MAM

India, Pak cable ops form SAARC Electronic Media Association

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/07/26/Untitled-1_2.jpg?itok=lxSEXMRX

NEW DELHI: At a time when relationship between India and Pakistan are thawing a bit for the better, Indian and Pakistani cable operators have joined hands to push for a regional body that would take up industry issues in the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) region.

The campaign for such a body has been jointly launched by India’s Aavishkar Dish Antenna Sangh and Pakistan Electronics Media Association (PEMA).

According to Aavishkar Dish Antenna Sangh founder-president AK Rastogi, “The time has come when an organisation is launched that will work for the interest of cable operators and the cable and broadcast industry in the SAARC region, including interfacing with various governments.”

SAARC region includes countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. “A meeting of the new organisation, attended by Pakistani and Indian representatives, has been held. Consent from those in other countries had been taken earlier,” Rastogi added.

Such a body, according to Rastogi, would go a long way in creating awareness about the industry and its intricacies amongst the general populace of various South Asian countries.
Concurring with Rastogi, PEMA’s founder chairperson Muhammad Ibrahim Rana told Indiantelevision.com on the sidelines of the ongoing 14th Convergence India 2006, that even the Pakistani government has realised the futility of banning Indian TV channels.

“There is a growing feeling in Pakistan that Indian TV channels like Zee TV, Star Plus, NGC and Sony can be given landing rights with certain riders like inclusion of a certain percentage of Pakistani content on the channels’ Pakistan feed,” Rana said.

However, these content-related riders are worrying some Indian and foreign broadcasters who have sought permission from the Pakistani authorities to beam there.

For example, a senior executive of Zee Telefilms, India’s largest vertically integrated media company, said, “These conditions being flaunted by Pakistani authorities for giving a green signal to us will only increase cost and red tapism. Does the Indian government put such conditions on Pakistani channels, including PTV?”

Pakistan may not see eye to eye with India over various issues, but when it comes to watching Indian cable television, most Pakistanis will tune in faster to Indian general entertainment channels than a runaway rickshaw.

It is this factor, according to some critics, that has stopped the Pakistani cable industry and subscriber homes from growing as fast as their Indian counterparts.

While India boasts of over 61 million C&S households, PEMA’s Rana said that the total number of cable TV homes in Pakistan would be approximately 2 million. Though Dubai-based ARY Digital has obtained a DTH licence, it is yet to start the service.

“But if Indian TV channels agree to about 20 per cent of Pakistani programming on their Pakistan feeds, we don’t see any reason why the likes of Zee and Star cannot be seen in our country,” Rana said, admitting that before a ban was put in place Zee News, notably, had seized a fair market share.

The SAARC Electronic Media Association can work towards removal of such governmental, political and social barriers, Rana asserted.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/29/J%20S%20Khehar.jpg?itok=NkQZvxab
Surrogate ads by liquor companies not disallowed by SC

MUMBAI: The apex court of India has denied entertaining a plea that sought a ban on surrogate advertisements such as soda TVCs and ads by liquor companies. Surrogate advertising is a form of advertising that is used to promote products such as cigarettes and alcohol for which advertisements are...

MAM Marketing MAM
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/biber1.jpg?itok=5EGWg5jP
Bajaj to lighten up India leg of Beiber's Purpose World Tour

Bajaj Electricals Limited, India’s leading player in consumer durables, fans, lighting and Engineering Projects, has announced its partnership with Justin Beiber’s Purpose World Tour in India as its exclusive lighting partner.

MAM Marketing Brands
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/hemani-kapadia.jpg?itok=-MEIpwD9
SapientRazorfish & DigitasLBi have a new CEO - Himani Kapadia

SapientRazorfish, a part of Publicis Groupe HAS announced that Himani Kapadia has assumed the position of CEO, India, SapientRazorfish and DigitasLBi effective immediately. In this new role, Kapadia will be responsible for the growth of both businesses in India by leveraging the complimentary...

MAM Media and Advertising People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/abhimanyu.jpg?itok=TxJTOv8f
MAN Trucks has a digital & creative Ottoedge in India

Ottoedge, a full service automotive marketing agency based in India has been assigned as the official Creative, Digital and Media agency by MAN Trucks India which is a 100% subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany, the world’s leading manufacturer of trucks and buses. Ottoedge is the only...

MAM Media and Advertising Account
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/IAF.jpg?itok=nS39h1Ay
IAF campaign aims to break gender stereotypes

MUMBAI: The Indian Air Force is known to overcome barriers with courage, strength and valour. Which is why, when the whole country was debating the role of women in society, and brands were trying to create a conversation around it, the Indian Air Force took a historic step and showed the way...

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/coka.jpg?itok=Y680j-GW
New Coke leadership in India, S West Asia

The Coca-Cola Company and its Bottling Investments Group (BIG) announced today new leadership appointments for its India & South West Asia Business Unit and Hindustan Coca-Cola Bottling operations.

MAM Marketing Brands
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/Zee%20Yuva.jpg?itok=lGM85XIB
Social Samosa 'Gold' for Zee Yuva

MUMBAI: Zee Yuva creates huge buzz in the industry by winning ‘Gold’ award in Media and Entertainment category by one of India’s top media publishing Site-Social Samosa. Zee Yuva not only surpassed regional channels but also defeated the industry honchos to win the coveted gold. This was only...

MAM Marketing Brands
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/Baahubali-2_0.jpg?itok=M6MpHcfd
Baahubali-2 teams up with Hike Messenger & Camlin

MUMBAI: In a bid to magnify the overall output for the sequel of one of the greatest Indian Motion Picture and SS Rajamouli’s dream Project - Baahubali 2 -- The Conclusion, team Brand Street India and Why? Stay! Calm! have brought aboard two internationally viable brands Hike Messenger and Kuyuko...

MAM Marketing Brands
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/27/amar.jpg?itok=LasMkKo6
Interactive Avenues wins Great Indian Workplaces Award

Interactive Avenues, the full service Digital Agency of media agency conglomerate IPG Mediabrands India has won the inaugural edition of the Great Indian Workplaces Awards (GIWA) 2017.

MAM Marketing MAM

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories