's Headlines Archives - 2009
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Headlines in the month of November
* Zee Sports, AIFF reach settlement on dues
* Spice Mobiles launches new multi-SIM phone
* Mahila Sewa Trust's CRS starts operations at Sanand
* Fever FM launches radio loyalty club
* Animal Planet to launch 'Wild Recon' on 5 January
* Internet edges out TV as most favourite medium: Synovate
* BMW sells FI team back to founder
* Sunando Dhar is I-League CEO
* Windfall Films to produce series for NGC
* Ministry holds discussions on regulating TV content with stakeholders
* Nick to celebrate Christmas with special programming lineup
* Shergill replaces Mandloi to head non-fiction at Star Plus
(30 Nov 2009 )
* IPL to be shown in 1000 cinema screens
* Big FM exits from deal in Singapore
* ICC Chief Executives’ Committee meets in Dubai next week
* Starz Animation's Yes Virginia to air on 11 December on CBS
* UKTV channel 'Yesterday' commissions 2 shows
* Mobile Vas market growing in South Asia, Middle East
* KidsCo starts beaming in Cyprus
* ITV buys Disney's 25% in GMTV for £22million
* Ofcom pulls up NDTV Imagine and B4U Movies on sponsorship issue
(28 Nov 2009 )
* Google sites attract 10.5 billion views in October
* BCCI to review team sponsorship floor price on 2 December
* Zee Sports to air hockey Champions Trophy
* Star Plus gets warning on Sach Ka Saamna
* Oprah Winfrey to interview Obama in special show for ABC
* NGC ties up with Mexus Education
* BBC Worldwide Music secures distribution rights to Bon Jovi docu
* ABC to celebrate 'Disney Animation' next month
* Sony to launch new Playstation3 in India this November
* BBC's independence key for public service: Thompson
(27 Nov 2009 )
* NDTV announces first RTI Awards
* ESPN, Hathway at loggerheads
* IPTV subscriber base expected to grow by 51% in APac
* BBC iPlayer set for Freesat Trials early December
* Granada TV available on StarHub from 1 December
* Universal Networks acquires 'Stargate Universe'
* Advertisers launch initiative to spread online ad education amongst kids
* IBF opposes move to amend Copyright Act
* DQE, Sony sign home entertainment deal for 3 animated series
(26 Nov 2009 )
* News channels to relive Mumbai terror attack with special shows on first anniversary
* 40.9 mn viewers tune in for first India vs Sri Lanka Test match
* IPL unhealthy for international cricket: Australian survey
* Leading digital innovation key for success of BBC Audio and Music
* Louis Ferla is new MD, Cartier Middle East & India
* BBC Trust sets limits on BBC Worldwide's activities
* MYtv choses end-to-end solution from NDS
* Tivo, Google partner for audience research data
* Jivox expands India sales team
* Codemasters Online partners with Playspan
* Disney Channels Worldwide names Carolina Lightcap as president
* FremantleMedia sells '5 Against the Quizmaster' to Channel Russia
* UK dominates 37th Intl Emmy Awards
* AXN kicks off local prodn 'Cyril: Simply Magic' tonight
* Adconion acquires online video service Joost
(25 Nov 2009 )
* Delhi High Court scraps DD’s blacklisting order against BAG Films
* Den Networks plunges 16% on opening day
* Ignitee bags Essar Steel Hypermart's online account
* NBC launches restaurant-based reality show
* Epix choses Akamai to deliver full-length HD films
* BBC's charity initiative for children raises £20 mn
* Fiction is the daily glue while reality creates buzz
* Moonscoop in deals with Asian broadcasters
* WSG in $1 bn deal with Asian Football Confederation
* Shantonu Aditya quits as Bloomberg-UTV CEO, Anand to take over
(24 Nov 2009 )
* Cookie Jar appoints CJ Lee as VP distribution in South Korea office
* UK Digital Economy Bill proposes legal mandate for Channel 4 to invest in films
* ABC to launch Grey's Anatomy on web
* NewsX ropes in Vishnu Shankar as news director
* Disney working on local version of 'High School Musical' in China
* Discovery to commemorate 26/11 anniversary with special show
* Apollo to take 11% in Dish TV via GDR
(23 Nov 2009 )
* Den raises Rs 3.7 bn, to list on 24 November
* Govt issues advisory on coverage of Mumbai terror attack anniversary
* Oprah Winfrey show to end after 25 years
* StarHub TV to launch Russian channel
* Star Plus pays tribute to 26/11 victims with 'Unn Hazaroon Ke Naam'
* Amrita TV kicks off reality show ‘Super Troupe’
* Presenters announced for 37th Intl Emmy Awards
* Hungama Digital Media appoints Pradeep Singh as GM – North
* ABC to kick off final season of 'Lost' in February
* World premier of 'Ben 10 Alien Swarm' on 28 November
* India TV appoints Manoj Sharma as group biz head; Dhawan gets additional CEO responsibility
(21 Nov 2009 )
* Zee TV fires at Ninth Indian Telly Awards
* Disney launches 'Smart Beginnings' and 'School Skills' workbooks
* Warner launches Harry Potter game on Apple Store
* Parle-G hunts for a new Super Hero with Zapak
* Shiv Sena ransacks Mumbai office of IBN7, IBN Lokmat
* BBC, UK commercial radio unveil online radio player
* Asiasat 3S to broadcast East Asian Games 2009
* ICL sends legal notice to BCCI, ICC, ECB
* TV18 to cut 12% jobs, merge broadcast operations
(20 Nov 2009 )
* WSG is global marketing and media partner for OneAsia Tour
* ESS launches ESPNEWS on Singtel platform in Singapore
* Disney shuffles roles of two senior executives
* Bindass' Big Switch earns ire of Shiv Sena
* Stage set for the ninth 'Telly Awards'
* Nickelodeon added to Shaw and Shaw Direct network
* Sab to launch new property on 14 December
* Star Plus to launch 'Music ka Mahamuquabla' in mid-December
* Scripps Networks takes controlling stake in NDTV Lifestyle
* BAG's Dhamaal 24 to launch in Shimla next week
(19 Nov 2009 )
* Warner launches Harry Potter game on Apple Store
* BBC, Nintendo launch new BBC iPlayer as Wii Channel
* NDTV Convergence partners HP, Indiamart to launch SME portal
* NGC's new local show to launch in 2010
* Gary Ginsberg to leave News Corp
* Discovery-Hasbro JV network adds four senior executives
* Tamil Nadu to be global entertainment epicentre: Karunanidhi
* BBC sets timetable for HD rollout on Freeview
* WWE, USA Network renew deal till 2014
* Govt to strengthen communication towers in border towns
* IPL franchisees set to form an association
(18 Nov 2009 )
* Star makes changes to drive channel-specific marketing
* Government rejects Rajasthan Royals' FDI proposal
* LinkedIn appoints Krishnan as country manager for India
* Time Warner to hive off AOL on 9 December
* UTV eyes regional content to scale up TV biz
* Andrew Cohen is BBC's new head of science unit
* 'Princess Protection Program' to premier on Disney Channel on 20 Nov
(17 Nov 2009 )
* IPL sets trading window for season III
* Gladrags' Mrs India pageant is now a reality series
* to webcast the India–Sri Lanka Test series
* Colors gets 'Blue' for Rs 40 million
* BBC, Nintendo launch new BBC iPlayer as Wii channel
* Cartoon Network to host Go Active Fun Run on 22 November
* NewsX ropes in Saeed Naqvi to host current affairs show
* Brightcove unveils new online video platform
* Star One UK launches local chat show 'Hot Seat'
* Radio Misty to air Ameen Sayani's 'GeetMala Ki Chhaon Mein'
* HT Media to hive off Hindi news business
* Online viewing of movies, TV shows double: Study
* Tata Indicom appoints Starcom IP for digital marketing
* Harbhajan Singh floats TV content production firm
(16 Nov 2009 )
* Ashes Test set for free-to-air return
* Zee Turner targets Rs 10 bn in FY'10
* MediaCorp, SingTel, StarHubawards in deal with IOC for Youth Olympic
* Star Plus' Bidaai, Yeh Rishta go back to 5-day week
* Endemol forays into social gaming
* Al Jazeera English launches on Austar platform in Australia
* Nachiket Pantvaidya to join Fox TV Studios as India head
* MGM put on the block
* Digital promotions of Kurbaan get underway
* SpongeBob Adapted for Bollywood Short
* Viasat adds Football Channel in Ukraine
* Malnay is new MD at Chello Media
* Liberty Global to acquire Unitymedia for $5.2 bn
* Stand-up show Jay Hind! popular on internet
* Discovery to air specials on JFK assassination
(14 Nov 2009 )
* Kudelski acquires 60 per cent stake of Open TV
* Zapak launches cricket-based multiplayer event
* Nick partners with Portico; launches microbead cushions
* Mohanlal looking at owning an IPL team
* Korea's GS Home Shopping takes 15% stake in HomeShop18 for $18.5 mn
* Forbes' ranks Rupert Murdoch 7th in most powerful people list
(13 Nov 2009 )
* BBC Worldwide content launches on NZ's Telecom Mobile TV
* HomeShop18 now available on DTH
* 'CSI', 'House', 'Grey's Anatomy' nominated for People's Choice Awards
* Rainbow Media, Media PTe to distribute 2 chnls across APac
* Amrita TV unveils Children's Day lineup
* NGCI secures 'Best Jobs'
* Donald Steel appointed BBC chief communications adviser
* Associated Press, GlobeCast and MediaCorp to broadcast APEC Singapore 2009
* Magnus Malmros to join IEC in Sports
* ODIs have to redevelop their identity
* Dar Capital firm is highest bidder with Rs 3.3 bn for IPL theatrical rights
* HITS policy: Government allows 74% FDI
* Jetix rebrands to Disney XD in India
* Diamond Comics ties up with
(12 Nov 2009 )
* Zeel to ride high on regional GECs
* Excel to release kids-based DVDs on Children's Day
* Rupert Murdoch, son meet PM and LK Advani
* IPL expansion plans on agenda at franchisee workshop
* Trai works out representative operational figures of stakeholders
* Couchmans advises Nimbus on BCCI rights
* Endemol secures fourth commission in China
* FICCI to host media and entertainment meet in Chennai
* Set to telecast 'Aahat-All New Series' from 13 Nov
* MGM launches 'Prince Planet' on YouTube, Hulu
* MTV Networks Intl, Twofour54 launch comedy content hub in ME
* Discovery stengthens primetime with 'Discover More'
* Four Indians elected on Casbaa's governing council
* UK based United Radio launches India operations
(11 Nov 2009 )
* Ofcom pulls up Zee TV over sponsor during show telecast
* BBC's re-invention through different media enables it to stay relevant: Bennett
* Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom to merge T-Mobile and Orange UK
* Storytime Live! theatrical tour across the US in Feb next
* 9XM to cease operations in UK
* Zee SVP South syndication V Chandrasekaar Barathi quits
* Discovery Q3 revenue up at $854 million
* WWE Q3 operating income up 84%
* Times Group’s content goes mobile
(10 Nov 2009 )
* I&B bats for 26% FDI, sourced news in FM radio
* World Cup: BCCI to give Wankhede Stadium a Rs 2 bn makeover
* CNBC APac to shift primary studio facility
* BBC to focus on modern family life with docs
* Cartoon Network picks up two hour-long live action series
* Scripps Networks to launch Food Network HD in Asia on 1 January
* Comcast, NBC Universal agree on $30 billion valuation
* Paramount offers content to ZillionTV
* A&E networks cuts 10% of workforce
* Katherine Kendrick quits DreamWorks Animation
* TV Guide and TV Land to acquire rights of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
(9 Nov 2009 )
* I&B to expedite clearance process for TV channels
* BAG Films plans to raise $30 mn via GDR
* Ronnie Screwvala allows UTV warrants to lapse
* GMC to launch in high definition on 27 November
* MTV Exit wins APac Child Rights Award
* MarVista and ActiveTV in alliance for 'Prank Patrol'
* Kathy Griffin to host ABC's 'Let's Dance'
* Time Warner Q3 revenue falls 6% to $7 bn
* StarHub, mioTV launch new sports promotions
* 'Ben 10' games on PSP available for download in North America
(7 Nov 2009 )
* Jansatta founder editor Prabhash Joshi dies
* MIB draws up Phase III FM radio guidelines
* Alfred Haber signs intl broadcasters for music event
* DD to telecast series on differently challenged people
* Astro wins the Casbaa chairman’s award
* Trust rejects BBC proposal for online federation of public service broadcasters
* AROI to host Vision 2010 on 12 November
* Balaji Telefilms TV content head Nachiket Pantvaidya quits
* News Corp rides on movies, Star ups Q1 revenue
* WarnerTV to launch in Asia next year
* Nick hosts nationwide Play-a-thon on 7 November
* Association of Indian Magazines names Pradeep Gupta as president
* Reliance Big TV, Sony Music sign strategic pact for value added content
(6 Nov 2009 )
* Govt to speed up amendment of PRB Act: Ambika Soni
* Real Image's Qube XP-D is D-Cinemas' official digital servers partner
* Govt doubles Commonwealth Games budget to Rs 16.2 bn
* 'Funny or Die' launches branded YouTube channel
* Star shifts Keertan to English channels, Gupta to take charge of Star Plus
* Set to launch 'Sukh By Chance' on 10 November
* Style Network's soap 'Jerseylicious' to air next spring
* Nickelodeon's new live-action comedy to preview on 28 November
* Texas Instruments rides high on 3D technology
* Sahara One Media COO Sanjay Chitale quits
* Transformers pushes Viacom's Q3 profit up
(5 Nov 2009 )
* 326 mn pay TV homes in Asia Pacific: Casbaa
* Subhash Chandra wants to step down within two years
* Classic Media celebrates 60th anniversary of Casper
* Sony launches Indian PSP game
* BBC launches 'Democracy Live'
* Oprah Winfrey to narrate natural-history series Life on Discovery
* CNN opens new production centre in the Middle East
* Esha News Monitoring changes hands
* CNN Intl’s Task Group, UNWTO strike global partnership
* Big FM elevates Tarun Katial to CEO
* Red FM COO Abraham Thomas quits
(4 Nov 2009 )
* News TV stocks weighed down by ad slowdown
* High-definition viewing up 65 per cent in two years
* Sirius XM Skydock available for iPhone and iPod
* Comcast to launch E! News in Asia Pacific region
* Fox 21, Platinum Studios to develop Indestructible Man into TV series
* Clandestine Services names Robert Aaroson as executive VP
* Turner Broadcasting System to expand entertainment portfolio in APac with truTV
* Comcast close to buying 51% in NBC Universal
(3 Nov 2009 )
* BAG trims broadcasting & radio operating losses
* BSNL plans to launch 3G services in 50 Maharashtra cities
* Over 168 mn online video viewers in September: comScore
* FremantleMedia sets up new digital media initiative
* SPT promotes Russel Kline as VP- channel operations
* Allan Singer is Own executive VP distribution, strategy
* AdWords, StatsJunky to build profitable campaigns in record time
*Disney's Tinker Bell is UN's 'Honorary Ambassador of Green'
(2 Nov 2009 )
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