's Headlines Archives - 2009
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Headlines in the month of December
* Airtel Digital TV to offer AIR channels to WorldSpace subscribers
* Patrick Disney Miller charged of illegal gun and drug possession
* WatchIndia launches new feature for free sampling
* CBS Corp and Walt Disney Co. mulling Apple alliance
* Disney nominates Sandberg as director
* Indian Telly Awards 2009 today at 8 pm
(31 Dec 2009 )
* Colors ends 2009 with a splash
* Zee 24 Taas to dawn new look from 1 January
* Colors gears up to welcome New Year with 'Shubh Mangalam 2010'
* Sony's fight back against gains momentum
* Disney XD to unveil a 'Sportstacular January'
(30 Dec 2009 )
* Kurbaan and Wanted available on DTH
* Sanjeev Srivastava to head Sahara's media biz
* Zeel fixes share swap ratio for merger of ETC Networks
* Disney Channel to tap tweens with new comedy band
* UTV in rejig mode, Ganapathy adds UTV Action in portfolio
* Colors to start afternoon band in January
(29 Dec 2009 )
* Zee TV launches Lux Dance India Dance Facebook applications
* True Games launches 'Warrior Epic: Battlegrounds'
* ICICI Bank-CNBC-TV18-Overdrive Awards 2010 to honour India’s Auto Monarchs
* CWG clean-up: No overhead cable in Delhi
* 3rd season of 'The Boondocks' on TV in 2010
* DTH comes under entertainment tax net in Delhi
(28 Dec 2009 )
* Heather Killen and Agnes Touraine to step down from ITV posts
* Just Jennette weekend on Nickelodeon and Nick this January
* NDTV Imagine's Ramayan launched on Ultra DVD
* Disney chief Iger sees pay packet dipping by 28 per cent
* CCTV to launch internet TV channel
* Digicable to up its stake in CableComm to 80%
(26 Dec 2009 )
* WorldSpace to pull out of India
* I&B presses for tax concessions to media industry
* Realignment seen in Discovery channel, USA
* Asianet unveils lineup for Xmas, New Year
* Cabinet approves amendments to Copyright Act
* No Man's Land on UTV World Movies on 27 December
* Trai seeks views from stakeholders on DTH tariff
* Frederick Warne & Chorion to work on new Beatrix Potter project
* Second season of Spartacus given go-ahead
(24 Dec 2009 )
* HC pulls up I&B over NDTV Imagine’s reality show
* CNBC TV18, HUL partner to launch business challenge for B-Schools
* Dance India Dance performs for Zee TV
* News Corp increases stake in Sky Deutschland
* CTC to launch on Dish Network
* Shemaroo launches Baywatch Bikini Ready Workout on DVD
* Chris Albrecht appointed president & CEO of Starz
* BBC Trust green signals Project Canvas
* Nickelodeon inks deal with Cymphonique Miller
* Disney promotes Todd Dubester
* No major upside for Zeel from ETC merger
(23 Dec 2009 )
* UTV to shut Bindass Movies, launch UTV Action on 1 January
* Sun Direct launches metro pack for urban consumers
* Rajdeep Sardesai re-elected as Editors Guild prez, to campaign against 'paid' news
* SPT's Dragons' Den to air in Saudi Arabia soon
* Sun TV restructures distribution biz; creates two verticals
* Telecinco acquires Cuatro and 22% stake in Digital+
* Digicable in $83 mn outsourcing deal with IBM for Vas push
* Videocon d2h launches DTH service in Delhi with satellite LCD
* CTC settles litigation suit with ex-CEO
* Channel One to air Southern Butowo in Russia
* Dish TV partners Axis Bank for collection of subscription recharge
* DIAT inks deal with Walt Disney Home Ent in Korea
* BBC World News launches 'The Yearbook'; gets Chivas Regal as title sponsor
* Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment partners with Hulu, Clear Channel, MySpace, Pepsi and Ford
* Chutti TV unveils vacation lineup to celebrate Christmas with kids
* Last mile upgradation will protect turf of cable operators
(22 Dec 2009 )
* Rahman is CNN-IBN Indian of the year, Ravi Shankar gets lifetime award
* ETC's broadcasting biz, Cornershop to move into ZEEL
* NDTV Imagine to provide content to
* Delhi Daredevils active in trading window
* David Bond is BBC sports editor
* SevenOne's Southern Street to air on Channel One
* Darren Feher is Conviva president, CEO
* 730 mn pay-TV subscribers globally by 2011: ABI Research
* Fifa E-Shop launched
* Passengers of Virgin America can use Red Ent platform
* Celebrations galore on Disney multiplex this X'mas
* Televix acquires Basquash! for Latin America
* Hindustan Times, The Washington Post ink exclusive content deal
* Vynsley Fernandes quits INX Media
* Cable operators need incentives to push for digitisation
(21 Dec 2009 )
* IPL teams to ride on high valuations
* Sony fixes YRF at 8-10 pm, firms up time slots
* Fox, Time Warner Cable in a spat over contract renewal
* SportAccord to create portal on YouTube
* American Idol, Dancing With The Stars most viewed TV shows in US
* Colors takes proactive stand on evils of child marriage: Jatua
* AIR grows in coverage
* DTH operators feel HITS will expand the digital market
* Sony signs technology deal with RealD to bring 3D into homes
* DD series on rural-urban cultural divide from Monday
* Animation and gaming industry need govt support
* Sun's Chutti TV targets 25% ad growth in 2010
* Beyond Distribution sells 9 series in Asia
* Nancy Tellem is senior advisor to CEO at CBS
(19 Dec 2009 )
* 65 mn viewers tune into India-Sri Lanka Test series
* DD Guwahati Kendra marks golden jubilee of telecaster
* Asianet rolls out Vodafone Comedy Stars
* UTV Bindass launches 'Emotional Atyachar'
* UK consumers embrace digital communications
* BBC Worldwide launches 3 channels on Hong Kong Cable
* Zimbabwe to have second TV station
* Fox History & Ent launches Deadliest Warriors
* Discovery Travel and Living to air show on Spice Girls
* KidsCo expands into new territories
* Govt accepts resignation of Prasar Bharti chairman
* Amit Nag to join Digi-CableComm Services as CEO
* Govt is working towards greater liberalisation in media policy: Jatua
(18 Dec 2009 )
* Colors to replace Bigg Boss with romantic fictions
* Downlinking guidelines amended to provide for HITS
* Zapak introduces new range of toys
* Zee TV to launch new season of Dance India Dance on 18 Dec
* Waddell Media founder dies
* IOC approves new events for London 2012
* Singapore platforms bid jointly for 2010 Fifa World Cup
* All3Media, BBC Worldwide form joint venture in Germany
* 26 new episodes of SpongeBob now on Nickelodeon
* Hallmark channel in HD format from 1 February
* Gatorade launches bowling talent hunt
* Universal channel now to beam in Turkey
* IPL sets floor price for new franchisees at $225 million
* Time Warner to buy NDTV Imagine for $126.5 million
* Comcast launches streaming TV service
* High Court stays on proposal to auction cable TV licence
(17 Dec 2009 )
* Govt to modify Prasar Bharati Act
* Sangakkara replaces Yuvraj as Kings XI Punjab captain
* Pratigya debuts with 3.4 TVR on Star Plus
* CN, Pogo to celebrate X'mas with special movie block
* Reliance Capital ups stake in TV Today
* NDTV launches Hindi WAP portal
* Recession intensifies America's love for TV
* NBCU renews deal with BermanBraun
* CII to organise debate on proposed Copyright Bill
(16 Dec 2009 )
* Amrita TV launches 'Cinema Karyangal'
* Broadband subscribers in Western Europe plummet
* Cartoon Network comics go mobile
* MGM launches HD Channel in UK
* Rediff unveils RediffBlogs; supports 9 languages
* Radio Indigo appoints Carl Avari as VP-Ops
(15 Dec 2009 )
* Regional channels to boost Zeel post ZNL demerger
* NBA rolls out online and mobile website in India
* NBC rolls out social media game
* Govt gets tough on DD carriage by MSOs & DTH services
* 7Seas Technologies launches 3D PC racing game 'Kraze'
* IPL Governing Council to meet on 17 December
* Gibson to head ICC's media & communications div
* DD’s news correspondent freeze
* Star World undergoes programming makeover
* Nick bags L&M rights for 'Little Krishna'; Hungama acquires digital rights
(14 Dec 2009 )
* Walmart hosts parties of The Princess and the Frog
* Sri Adhikari Bros plans to launch regional channels
* Sun Direct posts Rs 1.5 bn loss for Aug-Oct period
* Gaurav Banerjee to take care of Star Plus’ content strategy
* Animax acquires rights for Videogame Awards
* YouTube to launch sports portal
* Zucker to stay put in NBC Universal till 2013
* ITV Studios inks first-look agreement with Ruby TV
* Time Warner completes AOL spin-off
* Free to play digital game most popular: Study
* Anthea Disney to step down as News Corp chief content executive
* Eleven projects set to receive grants from Canwest
* Cable spend in US jumps 9.1 per cent in 2009
* Meow FM appoints Adhir Bhogte as national sales head
(12 Dec 2009 )
* DB Corp mops up Rs 693.6 mn from 9 anchor investors
* Karthik S is Edelman India head of digital Strategy
* HomeShop 18 rolls out new show 'Rashi Gems'
* Beth Hoppe is exec producer of Discovery project
* Radio City FM to celebrate Raj Kapoor's 85th birthday
* Nielsen to sell 8 media brands to PE firm
* SPT to broadcast video game awards
* Disney acquires animated series 'Stoked Heads' for EMEA
* Music companies collaborate to beat slow growth
* Star pays Rs 500 million to acquire TV rights for five films
(11 Dec 2009 )
* Sab claims 60% jump in revenue over two years
* Sun mulls entry into distribution of TV channels biz
* National media policy needed to attract investments: Assocham
* NGC kicks off 'Meet the Natives' from 11 December
* High speed wireless broadband map
* Channel [V] sets Rs 10 mn as prize money for new reality show
* Nickelodeon launches 'SpongeBob SquarePants' jewellery set
* Loonland lands in insolvency court
* Web series 'Over the Hedge' to premiere on Babelgum
* FremantleMedia names Daniela Matei as CEO
* Zee acquires telecast rights for Eros films
* Vehrnon Ibrahim to join Meow FM as programming head on 4 January
* Discovery introduces TLC HD in Brazil
* NDS, DoxTV to launch first HD DVR service in China
* Two HDTV studios to come up in Delhi and Mumbai
(10 Dec 2009 )
* DB Corp sets IPO price band at Rs 185-212
* Infomedia18 approves 3:2 rights issue, fixes price
* Colors acquires 9XM’s EPG slot for UK launch on Sky
* Aamir Khan film festival on Max from 14 December
* Harpo Productions announces new presidents
* Jane Clarke named Cimm managing director
* Brightcove announces customer wins in Japan
* Hasbro in 10-year deal with Sesame Workshop
* Zee Cafe to telecast live Miss World on 12 December
* BBC lights up Christmas with new seasonal delights
* Input Media extends production contract with Chelsea TV
* HCL strikes 5-year deal with News Corp’s UK subsidiary
(9 Dec 2009 )
* ICL can not sue BCCI in UK court: Delhi HC
* Big FM in content tie-up with BBC World Service
* Govt to set up nodal group soon for news flow during crisis
* Peter Liguori to join Discovery as COO in January
* Star One to roll out Laughter Ke Phatke from 15 December
* Big TV acquires Gujarati content for PPV
* India-SA series: Test matches scrapped from menu
* No FDI hike in TV news channels: Soni
* Shemaroo releases home video of TV show Zabaan Sambhal Ke
* Group Abril now has entire stake of MTV Brazil
* Pogo rolls out 4th edition of 'Galli Galli Sim Sim'
* Finnish sports channel on anvil
* DVR usage, online viewing rising in US
* BBC Worldwide Channels ups John Taite as VP programming
* Disney to triple investments in animation production
* MDA, SWS to jointly develop multi-platform content
* Turner to acquire 92 per cent in NDTV Imagine
* Music video site Vevo ready for launch
(8 Dec 2009 )
* Trai probe into number of TV channels not to curb growth: Soni
* Broadband reach to rural areas being increased: Kamat
* Govt needs to do more to regulate content on TV: Soni
* CN to air new series of Ben10: Alien Force from 11 December
* Four Indian companies win at Asian Television Awards
* NDS develops Asia’s first bookable promo service
* MTV launches new initiative 'A Thin Line'
* Telefilm Canada reports 21 per cent rise in revenues
* Brian Sullivan named CEO of Sky Deutschland
* StarHub, Xinya Media enter into strategic partnership
* ICC Pakistan task team meets in Dubai
* '3rd and Bird' prepares for take off in Spain
* Otto Leong is BBC Worldwide Channels distribution head for Taiwan and China
* Sean Morris is Rajasthan Royals CEO
* YRF floats TV arm for Sony shows
(7 Dec 2009 )
* Radio Mirchi not to bid if music royalty issue unresolved
* Joint group under I&B secretary to find consensus on regulatory issue
* Colors beefs up movie library ahead of US, UK launch
* Kids channel ABC3 launched
* UK's Five in content deal with YouTube
* 2010 soccer World Cup to pioneer 3D technology
* LCO arrested for unauthorised telecast of Neo Cricket
* VH1 makes docu series on American Idol winner
* BigFlix adopts innovative feature Reserve Now
* Paul Johnson set to leave Endemol
* Animal Planet to pump up programming in 2010
* I&B ministry okays community radio station in Lalitpur
* Teletubbies to perform live in Australia
* Sony Pictures first studio to tie up local firm for TV series in Korea
* David Sternberg to exit Fox Cable
* BBC Arabic redesigns look and content
(5 Dec 2009 )
* Nickelodeon offers free month-long preview to Canadians
* Reliance Media World has a volatile debut before closing at Rs 137
* Sony to axe two dailies
* Xfire, Livestream to deliver live broadcast service for gamers
* mioTV launches new channels
* Mark Hollinger is Discovery president, CEO
* MipTV launches new destination for format community
* Comcast buys controlling stake in NBC Universal
(4 Dec 2009 )
* Star Plus to air daily show Pratigya from 7 December
* Colors to be on Dish Network in US
* Reliance Media World to list on Friday
* Sesame Street now to beam in Nigeria
* Nick Jr. named Channel of the Year
* Nielsen to measure both TV and online viewing
* I&B nod to community radio station in Shivpuri
* Richard Samrook to step down as BBC global news director
* ICC discusses host of issues in Dubai meet
* Deal gives THQ rights to create video of Dreamworks' films
* Zoom elevates Bala Iyengar to biz head
* Sunil Lulla returns to Times Group as MD & CEO– TV portfolio
* Neeraj Saraswat is Fever FM Kolkata station head
* Tata Teleservices offers mobile TV on high-speed broadband
(3 Dec 2009 )
* Reliance Media World Q1 net loss at Rs 270 mn on revenue of Rs 460 mn
* Marvel calls shareholders to vote on Disney takeover
* NDS appoints Surbhi Broadband as reseller for pay TV solutions in India
* Ortel gets Becil certification
* Sunil Lulla quits Alva Brothers Entertainment
* HBO, Mei Ah to launch Asian movie channel
* Media firms must deliver the news consumers want: Murdoch
* SES orders four new satellites from Astrium
* SPE Networks Asia acquires 'NCIS Los Angeles'
* I&B nod to community radio station in Hisar
* Sahara to continue as team India sponsor till June’10
* Vehrnon Ibrahim quits Radio One
(2 Dec 2009 )
* Tata Elxsi to tap Hollywood VFX market with new LA facility
* Now watch live streaming of Times Now, India TV & Zoom
* March Entertainment to co-produce 3D interactive movies for Playmobil
* I&B warns NDTV imagine on Bandini
*Turner India's creative director Maya Rao resigns
* GE to buy Vivendi's 20% in NBCU for $5.8 bn
(1 Dec 2009 )
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