's Headlines Archives - 2009
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Headlines in the month of Feb
* Indian TV industry to reach Rs 473 billion in 2013
* BSNL launches wireless broadband service in Gujarat
* NDTV Convergence recreates
* Diamond Comics partners with License India
* Channel [V] to speak Tagalog; taps local partner
* ET Now ready with clearances, to launch in June quarter
* Redstone, lenders reach agreement to restructure debt
* AXN revs up to HD in Korea
* Peter Horrocks is BBC World Service director
* Sameer Sainani to take over as Mirchi ad sales head
* Oerlemans is ESPN VP, channels for Europe, ME & Africa
* Fox renews 'The Simpsons' for two more seasons
* Discovery revenues up 10 per cent at $3.4 bn
* NBC to kick off comedy-reality series featuring Jerry Seinfeld
* BBC Trust starts public consultation on proposal for IPTV
* Amar Chitra Katha gets talking on Vodafone
( 28 Feb 2009 )
* Supreme Court asks broadcasters, Trai to settle on cable tariff
* Nat Geo extends output deal with Parthenon
* Discovery T&L to launch three travel shows
* ESPN secures FIBA basketball rights
* Hungama TV launches ‘Hungamalogy’ test for kids
* JWT launches
* Tata Teleservices launches high-speed internet in Bangalore
* Zee Telugu bets on mega movies
* blinkx to power video search for Sagoon
* Sufei’s Diary posts 15.3 mn online interactions in China
* Video viewing on TV, net and mobile in US is growing: Nielsen
* Asiasat 5 to launch in 3Q of 2009
* ABC, CBS affiliate boards to meet at Nab show
( 27 Feb 2009 )
* Ten Sports inks syndication deal with Africa's SuperSport
* Zapak's gaming championship gets 1.16 mn participants
* 180 TV channels await government clearance
* Trai extends time to receive comments on NGN
* Dish TV offers service tax reduction benefit to subscribers
* Reliance partners Flytxt to spread brand awareness
* Community radio station to come up in Madhya Pradesh
* Play Entertainment unveils vdoBUG Navigator DVD
* 'Jonas' to perform at Nickelodeon’s Kids' Choice Awards
* 6th Mirchi Kaan Awards unveils jury
* B4U Movies to launch song-based show from 1 March
* ACT TV invests Rs 1 bn; launches IPTV
* ESPN moves Tdsat against Manthan, gets injunction
* Casbaa India Satellite Forum to be held on 17 March
* Media, communications spend in the US to fall: VSS
* HBO’s Simon Sutton is Iatas secretary
* Barbara Slater is BBC Sport director
( 26 Feb 2009 )
* Disney Channel UK launches talent hunt for My Camp Rock
* Tata Sky ties up with Atom Technologies for m-payments
* Government accepts Trai’s recommendations on MVNO
* Broadcasters can't own DTH, cable: Trai
* Decision on HITS at final stage: Anand Sharma
* Oscar ratings up 13% as 36.3 mn viewers tune in
* Prasar Bharati should have more autonomy: Parliamentary committee
* Bhavneet Singh joins Viacom18 board
( 25 Feb 2009 )
* Trai sets service quality norms for cable operators
* Prasar Bharati staff oppose global tenders for Commonwealth Games
* BBC Trust rejects local video proposals
* Nick launches contest to celebrate Holi with kids
* IPL to kick off in Jaipur on 10 April
* IMC to organise seminar on Mobile Vas on 6 March
* WASP3D releases 2009 version at BES Expo
* Chernin's exit may pave way for Murdoch's heirs
* ICL, BCCI unable to reach agreement
* E24 now available on Tata Sky
( 24 Feb 2009 )
* Ofcom pulls up B4U Music on ringtones issue
* DD to telecast live India-New Zealand T20 and ODIs
* Nickelodeon acquires ‘The Elephant Princess’
* Star inks digital distribution deals in Vietnam
* India TV Interactive acquires majority stake in Studio Brahma
* TV & filmed content exports: Can India make its mark?
* Andhra CM’s son launches Telugu news channel Sakshi TV
( 23 Feb 2009 )
* CNN-IBN to telecast 'Punjab's Forgotten Women' on weekend
* Aksh partners Envivio to offer 3-screen TV service
* Disney's plan to launch TV channel in Russia gets derailed
* Govt collects Rs 345.6 mn as DTH licence fee in 2007-08
* Pay-TV in Africa and Middle East to grow the most: Study
* Veteran film critic Amita Malik is dead
( 21 Feb 2009 )
* Walt Disney acquires Kerpoof
* IPL, Sony yet to resolve sponsorship issues
* Vh1 to premiere 'The Real World' in India from 23 Feb
* India dials up to over 400 million connections
* goes multilingual on mobile platform
* Star Gold to air mini-series Dinotopia from 21 February
* ITV sells 70% stake of JFMG to Arqiva
* FremantleMedia acquires Original Productions
* Yahoo to launch mobile web service
* NDTV Imagine to be available on Dish in the US
* Zoom partners with WorldTV to expand web audience
* I&B sets up media consultative committee
( 20 Feb 2009 )
* Indian media companies do not want restrictions on cross-media ownership
* Media urged to provide balanced sport coverage
* Time Warner Cable promotes Glenn Britt as chairman
* Govt. urges film industry to push for export council
* Cartoon Network to host ‘Toon Cricket’ in Mumbai on 22 February
* Sanjay Uppal is new CEO of OnMobile
* Print needs to co-opt digital to grow
* HP launches Elitebook series notebook PCs
* Indian media companies do not want restrictions on cross-media ownership
* Broadcasters deny sensationalism for sake of TRPs
* Kunal Dasgupta quits Multi Screen Media
( 19 Feb 2009 )
* Film industry sets to reinvent itself
* Govt mulls on speedy clearance for UK films
* Cartoon Network US to telecast 26 episodes of Marvel Super Hero Squad
* introduces new application iHunk
* TV industry should opt for 'disruptive consolidation' : Screwvala
* YouTube appoints Anna Bateson Marketing Director Europe
* Liberty Media to invest $530 million in Sirius XM Radio
* Yahoo! India is official Internet partner for ICC
* Danny Glover, Bollywood actors awarded FICCI IIFA awards
* Bharti Telemedia to obtain fresh FIPB for DTH
* Cost control, innovation important in combating recession
* Bebo to launch in India next month
* Govt not to control content on news channels: Sharma
* Digitisation to pave India's TV growth: Purie
* Colors joins TheOneAlliance
( 18 Feb 2009 )
* Election commission bars holding of exit polls 48 hours prior to close of polls
* Tata Sky to show Slumdog Millioanaire on its PPV service – Showcase
* Jetix France to be renamed as Disney XD from April
* Originality should bear profitability: Imtiaz Ali
* Stronger US-India M&E cooperation mooted
* Film co-production treaty between India, US needed
* Omnicom Media Group elevates Lee Smith to CEO-Digital, APAC region
* South asia speeds up preparations for cricket world cup 2011
* Maran, karunanidhi families launch tamil comedy tv channels
* Pix acquires 10 films from NDTV Lumiere
* Low valuations make Indian media companies attractive for foreign investors
* Indian media and ent industry set to touch Rs 1052 bn by '13
* Govt to cut DTH licence fee to 6%
( 17 Feb 2009 )
* 'Dora the Explorer' honoured with NAACP Image Awards
* Bharti partners with Nivio & Microsoft to launch online desktop
* Mobile TV to reach out to 500 mn viewers by 2013: Study
* Jinny launches mobile marketing, ad service
* Sab to launch first horror comedy with 'Bhootwala Serial'
* BBC in content deal with MSN for Latin America
* Discovery to air new series NextWorld from 19 February
* 9XM is available on Tata Sky
* Channel [V] gets Prem Kamath as GM
* Interim budget: Prasar Bharati gets boost for Commonwealth Games
* SeaChange to showcase HD solutions at Nab 2009
* ICC to convene meeting with ICL, BCCI on 21 Feb
( 16 Feb 2009 )
* Sony Music renews content deal with Youtube
* Sirius XM may file for bankruptcy
* First right of refusal given to Big TV: Sony
* TV18 promoters pledge 34.6% stake
* Zeel may wrap up Zee Next
* CNN-IBN and IBN7 to air specials in 'Vote on Account'
* Fashion TV’s HD service chooses Asiasat 2
* Disney's new web destination is
* Electronic Arts to create GI Joe video game
( 14 Feb 2009 )
* Warner Music, Qtrax sign digital licensing agreement
* UTV World Movies to present the ‘Iranian Film Fest’ from 14 Feb
* Frames to focus on cinema
* Google closes radio ad biz
* Qualcomm, Abertis Telecom collaborate for Mobile World Congress
* BBC Trust publishes report on the efficiency of BBC radio production
* Warner Bros post production services expand facilities
* HD programming can help overcome depression: Study
* Viacom 4Q profit down 69 per cent
* Rayban, VH1 bank on 'Goldspot' for Global Music Xpress
* Toei Animation properties to be featured at Japanese trade conference
* No separate licence for Vas: Trai
* Prime Focus eyes expansion in TV production biz
* Turner-Alva Bros' Real to launch on 2 March
* Zee Studio to telecast 'Screen Actors Guild' on 13 Feb
( 13 Feb 2009 )
* Sony to revive 10 pm slot with Bollywood filmmakers
* India to dial up 500 million connections by 2010: President
* UTVi to do specials on 'Vote for Growth'
* Trai moves SC against Tdsat order on cable pricing
* Zoom to launch movie review show with Omar Qureshi
* CN to host 'Toon Cricket' in Hyderabad & Mumbai
* Cartoon Network goes 'mobile' in Hong Kong
* ICL T20 World Series called off
* Hungama takes ‘Billu’ to social networking sites
( 12 Feb 2009 )
* Government exempts customs duty on newsprint
* Media company promoters pledge shares to fund expansion
* Sony to launch Jhalak's season III on 27 February
* ICC broadcaster, sponsor forum concludes in Dubai
* John Hardie to lead Jetix as CEO
* Wall Street Journal gets nod for facsimile edition in India
* BigFlix launches media tech platform to boost video ad capabilities
* MTV rolls out initiatives to drive world music
* Radio Mirchi, Sony Ericsson to hunt for 'music buddy'
* David Auerbach is Rive Gauche Television president
* Spice Mobile launches Spice S-590 video-camera phone
* 9X to be available on DD's DTH from 12 February
* Star Plus pulls out 3 more Balaji operas
* Indian news broadcasters fix reporting guidelines
* BBC suspends FM programming to Sri Lankan national broadcaster SLBC
* Star Plus to recreate afternoon band with 3 new shows
* Dentsu acquires US toy brand Chub City
* Alan Dishington is NDS India sales director
( 11 Feb 2009 )
* Star Pravah unveils 3 primetime shows
* Colors unveils armoury for 2009
* Rajasthan Royals ties up with SMSGupShup for mobile community
* MTV partners with Force India to launch reality show
* IIT Kanpur gets nod for community radio station
* Nick unveils nominations for Kids’ Choice Awards
* Motorola PKI Center is root certificate vendor for WiMax
* BSNL to drive broadband connections in rural areas
* Ten Sports bags South Africa cricket rights
* Balaji Telefilms ropes in Nachiket Pantvaidya to head TV content biz
( 10 Feb 2009 )
* NGC premieres 'Ganges' on Friday
* Excel brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on home video
* CBeebies gets 'In The Night Garden' back
* Govt yet to give nod to 90 applications for community radio stations
* Govt to firm up HITS policy soon: Anand Sharma
* China to give online video a strong push
* Bebo launches Bebo Open Mobile
* Warner acquires Snowblind Studios
* Craig Dobbs is ESS EVP programming and production
( 9 Feb 2009 )
* Govt to release stimulus package for media
* 17th edition of Convergence India scheduled in March
* Zune teams up with Mean Magazine for digital series
* Star Plus takes 'Aap Ki Kachehri' on ground
* MSN, BermanBraun unveil ent site Wonderwall
* Online video viewing in the US surges 13% in Dec: study
* Breakthrough begins work on new ‘Dudley’ series
* Arasu Cable resolves Sun, Star and Discovery dispute
* Zee News to drop ads during 9 pm bulletin
* Andhra HC stays action against Radio City
( 7 Feb 2009 )
* News Corp notches up hefty Q2 loss; Star ad revenues decline
* Sun TV gets funny; comedy channel Aditya launches 8 Feb
* CNN-IBN & IBN7 to air special series on cricket's 'Golden Generation'
* MTNL launches 3G services in the capital
* Fox History ropes in Irrfan Khan for India show
* CDI to invest $100 million in 2 animation projects
* Surat to witness the semi final, finals of T-10 Gully Cricket
* Eternal Dreams appoints Shurti Varma as COO
* Nickelodeon launches its first iPhone applications
* IPL Season II: Pietersen, Flintoff bought for record price
( 6 Feb 2009 )
*, Sony Ericsson and Xbox360 join hands to celebrate ‘World Gaming Day’
* Cartoon Network and Pogo unveil Feb lineup
* 'Jogwa' bags 12 nominations in Zee Marathi's 'Gaurav Puraskaar'
* Star Plus claws its way back, Colors slips
* NDTV Convergence launches social video site
* Publicis to shut down online shopping site Honeyshed
* BskyB acquires TV rights of four packages of Premiere league
* Dham to operate community radio in Tamil Nadu
* Star hires new distrib & sales head for Europe
( 5 Feb 2009 )
* Disney's Q1 financials: Magic fades?
* Fifth birthday cake for Facebook
* South Indian TV Group launches broadband TV network in North America
* Amrita TV to reveal 'The Truth' via chat show
* NDTV ventures into media education biz
* Sony Ent to launch 'Ek Safar Aisa' from 9 February
* E! announces reality show with Kendra Wilkinson
* Tokyo 2016 could break Olympic TV viewing records
* AP archive goes multimedia
* Bun Scrase-Dickins is BBC Worldwide Channels VP acquisitions
* CD compilation series 'Now' joins forces with Fuller
* AT&T, DirecTV launch Quad-Play bundle service
* Disney’s KidSense 3 unlocks the emerging ‘codes’ of tweens in India
* Colors gets daring with Khatron Ke Khiladi sequel
( 4 Feb 2009 )
* France 24 inks distribution deal with AsiaSat for APac
* Edipresse Asia partners Mediascope to launch India outfit
* Radio City launches broadcasting school
* 9 Story Ent unveils 2009 production slate
* Emerging Media signs Kids Media as Rajasthan Royals licensee
* Indiagames launches game around 'Dev D'
* Disney to launch new tween series on 8 February
* Shilpa Shetty & Kundra snares equity in Rajasthan Royals
* Dentsu's Goyals get Astro investment for mobile VAS
* MGM Studios hires Hogg as APac head
( 3 Feb 2009 )
* Pogo to air Make Way For Noddy from 6 Feb
* Madhavan Nair & team named CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 08
* IPL announces 43 international cricketers for auction
* Pak prohibits its cricketers to participate in IPL
* ICC backs out, authorises BCCI to decide on ICL
* Pakistan not to host Champions Trophy: ICC
* ESS to air its first animation show across Asia
* Calsoft partners with Intel Consumer Electronics Forum
* Movie, video revenue climb 7% to $66 bn in 2007: US Census Bureau
* Fox Movies acquires broadcast rights of the Academy Awards for ME
* Christina Norman is Oprah Winfrey Network CEO
* Disney ABC TV Group to cut 400 jobs
* Zee Kannada business head Anup Chandrasekhar quits
( 2 Feb 2009 )
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