's Headlines Archives - 2009
Headlines in the month of September
* Hathway to invest Rs 5.8 bn from IPO proceeds
* SC asks Trai to fix DTH tariff by 15 January
* Samay to telecast India Youth Icon Awards on 1 October
* Vh1 to pay tribute to Michael Jackson
* Aagey Sey Right and Kisaan on DTH platform
* BBC Vision to invest £ 25 million in children's programming
* Changes in handling rights acquisition in BBC Talent and Rights Negotiation Group
* Joe Godwin is BBC Children's director
* HBO Asia goes HD from tomorrow
* Sab's journey through 'Lapataganj' begins 26 October
* I&B nod for community radio station in Gurgaon
* Alterna'TV notches carriage deal with Comcast in California
( 30 Sep 2009 )
*Aap Ki Kachehri sequel to end on 2 October
* Ten Sports plans JV with Comcast for golf channel in India
* Singapore distributors head to Mipcom to trade Asian-made content
* Corus Entertainment to add Nickelodeon to its portfolio
* Shaftesbury shuts new deals for teen comedy
* ITV Studios' crime drama lands new sales
* BBC Worldwide expands distribution in Australia with 3 channels

NBCU Global Networks launches channels in Australia

* twofour54 launches production & broadcast facilities in Abu Dhabi

Airtel boosts broadband speed of Triple Play service; launches new plans

( 29 Sep 2009 )
*DVRs see rapid growth in US
*Women Media Networks launches in Asia Pacific
*TV has arrived at an inflection point: Intel
*CBeebies' two new shows to celebrate UK's cultural diversity
*Nat Geo, Warner to release docus in China
*IPL franchises disagree with BCCI prez, expect compensation
*Disney to premiere 'Wizards of Waverly Place - The Movie' on 27 September
*FWICE, Zee TV at loggerheads

Reliance Big TV adds 13 South Indian channels

*DD to pack entertainment programme as mark of golden jubilee

Nine community radio stations get government nod

( 26 Sep 2009 )
*Den Networks launches TV blogging application
*Max pays tribute to Amitabh Bachchan; organizes a festival in his honour
*Hungama TV launches 'Twisted Whiskers' on weekdays
*BBC Trust to review its TV services
*Twitter nails down $100 mn funding, gets $1 bn valuation
( 25 Sep 2009 )
*IBN18 gets board nod to raise Rs 5.1 billion via rights issue
*Deccan Chronicle chairman Venkataram Reddy is INS prez
*Sony to launch third season of Comedy Circus in October
*'Curious Case' to premiere on Airtel Digital TV
*WB to kick off myster thriller 'Fringe' next month
*Intl Emmy Awards for news, curent affairs declared
*DQE, Gruppo Alcuni to co-produce fourth series of 'And yet it moves'
*Star's 4 Hindi chnls now on Comcast's Chicago platform
*Big 92.7 FM launches 'Big Bollywood Ka Waaris'
*NGC MD Nikhil Mirchandani to replace Ravi Menon as Star One EVP
( 24 Sep 2009 )
*Dish TV plans GDR and FCCB; gets FIPB nod to raise $200 mn
*Asianet launches 'Vigram' and 'Autograph'
*Broadband subscribers increase to 6.98 mn in August
*Drama shows, multiplatform viewing is hot: Survey
*Fremantle Corp to present 90-minute animated comedy
*Donna Ebbs appointed SVP in Hasbro-Discovery JV
*Pogo unveils special line-up to celebrate 'Dussehra'
*Sameer Manchanda is NBA president
*Endemol restructures Asian operations
*Miditech taps Sachin Mohite as programming head
*Emmy awards attracts 13.3 million viewers
( 23 Sep 2009 )
*Supriya Sahu is director broadcasting content; Pravin Kumar moves to director films
*NDTV imagine to hunt match for Rahul Mahajan
*Axiom Education launches comic books for school children
*Casbaa council to meet in India to study pace of C&S
*HomeShop 18 to launch 'Diwali Mela' on 29 September
*Shiamak Davar to umpire Sony's 'Dance Premier League'
*My FM revamps website to increase interactivity
*Airborne develops content for Fox's 'The Cleveland Show'
*Reader's Digest now on global web platform in 40 countries
*CNN International goes 'beyond borders', adorns new logo
*Genelia D'Souza debuts on TV with UTV Bindass' Big Switch
*Star licensing head Nanette D'sa quits
( 22 Sep 2009 )
*BSky challenges Ofcom’s intervention
*AXN now being aired across Adriatic region in Europe
*Hindujas to restructure content biz under Planet E-Shop
*Asiasat 5 commences operations
*Traditional news media still American's first source for big stories: report
*Comedy Central relaunches 'American Comedy Awards'
*BBC Worldwide chalks out DVD releases to lure kids this Christmas
*Star launches four Hindi channels on Comcast
*30 Rock, Mad Men triumph at Emmy Awards
*Saurabh Kanwar puts in his papers at Channel [V]
*Bloomberg on expansion drive, bids for BusinessWeek
( 21 Sep 2009 )
*DTH players eye festive season to grow subs with special offers
*'InuYasha - The Final Act' unleashes across Asia on Animax next month
*Alcatel-Lucent launches converged IP Optical backbone solution
*Discovery to show Indian films on climate change
*Seagate launches FreeAgent Theater+HD media player
*I&B nod to community radio station in Raipur
*China Digital TV to provide CA systems to local mobile TV networks
*BBC Worldwide secures five output deals in Europe
*Zee Cafe to air Emmy awards on Monday
*Cable TV off in parts of Mumbai over death of an operator
*Nick launches 'Dora' and 'SpongeBob' toothpastes
( 19 Sep 2009 )
*Sab to launch new Friday show at 8-9 pm on 25 September
*Colors' new Balaji show centres around Vidarbha farmers
*Star World to launch new season of 'The Unit'
*Google unveils 'DoubleClick Ad Exchange' to tap display ad market
*CNBC Awaaz in content tie-up with Bhaskar Group
*DTH reaches out to high income group: Study
*Airtel Digital TV to premiere Chintuji on PPV
*Virgin Media, Disney ink multiplatform deal
*Cricket games by Indiagames record 10 mn downloads
*Private equity firms in fray for Travel Channel; Discovery to manage
( 18 Sep 2009 )
*Pearl Broadcasting invests Rs 400 million in P7 News, Mumbai launch on 23 September
*Revenue from delivery of internet video to TV to grow 6-fold: study
*Star One and Star Vijay go mobile
*Comcast to offer TV contents on mobile
*BT Vision launches Bollywood-related service
*Nab European conference to focus on radio
*Nickelodeon channels & websites to go black on 26 September
*Nine FM is official radio partner for 31st All India Governors Cup
*News Corp slams antitrust suit on Mediaset
*Tamil Nadu to have one more community radio station
*Vivendi yet to decide on its NBC stake
( 17 Sep 2009 )
*PVR partners Oxigen to offer movie tickets
*CNN offers à La Carte wire stories worldwide content licensing
*BBC Worldwide Channels signs new distribution agreement for BBC World news with KT Corp
*MK Anand to join UTV Global Broadcasting as CEO
*Documentary Channel in pact with 7th Art Releasing
*DTL presents 'Vir Sanghvi's Asian Diary'
*19th Broadcast India exhibition takes place next month
*Casbaa nets Subhash Chandra for conference
*5th season of 'Grey's Anatomy' kicks off on Zee Caf
*4Kids Entertainment to showcase 'Rocket Monkeys' at Mipcom
*Narendra Modi is Gujarat Cricket Association president
*WSJ to charge for mobile access
*Adobe to acquire Omniture for $1.8 billion
*Fear Factor charges up Colors
( 16 Sep 2009 )
*Motorola launches advanced encoding platform for 1080p content
*GlobeCast invests $2.93 mn for HD upgrades
*Dish TV, to offer Vas services on mobile
*Balaji takes the 10-11 pm slot on Sony
*Disney in talks with Vimanika to foray into Indian mythology
*Fever FM ties up with GMR Sports as official radio partner for Delhi Daredevils
*Karnataka Premiere League gets Red FM as official radio partner
*Delhi HC directs govt to refund licence fee to 4 FM bidders
*Big FM repositions music offerings in Mumbai, Delh
*BBC mulls part-sale of BBC Worldwide
*Sony rides on IPL buzz; to replace Boogie Woogie with DPL
*ACK Media rolls out content creation company 'The ideas Box'
( 15 Sep 2009 )
*I&B considers watershed hours for adult content on TV
*Prasar Bharati needs mindset change: Soni
*Astro values Sun TV's radio subsidiary at Rs 2.7 billion
*Ten Sports ropes in Joe Morrison as presenter for Uefa
*Doordarshan to telecast nostalgic show to mark 50 years
*Investigative journalism no longer a viable proposition
*DivX signs licensing agreement with Motorola
*Bonard named VP, Discovery Enterprises International
*ET Now hops on to Dish TV
*Tata Sky offers heavy discount on PVR service
*InuYasha's 'Final Act' to unleash across Asia next month
* audience up 21 per cent in Asia Pacific: study
*Sony adds edge-lit LED models to Bravia HDTV line
*Cartoon Network to launch new chapter on Ben 10 on 21 September
*Discovery to address our 'Curiosity' in new show
*BBC to drive digital uptake in the UK
*Radio Misty gives Sikkim station a programming facelift
*Essel shakes up sports biz, gets Atul Pande to head
*NDTV Good Times' 'Picture Perfect' from 16 September
( 14 Sep 2009 )
*Sun Direct steadies losses amid subscriber growth
*ESPN eyes upside in pay revenue on back of 4 big events
*AT&T rolls out AT&T Entertainment website
*Mallya plans listing of sports properties under one entity
*Three media executives launch Skywriter Media
*Discovery Communications extends contract of CEO David Zaslav
*Ex-BCCI chief Dungarpur expires at 73
*NDTV Good Times launches new show at 10 pm
*IBC 2009 kicks off on a sound note
*Big TV to premiere 'Kaminey' on 12 September
*Pix to introduce subtitles from 13 September
*Christina Miller is Cartoon Network and Turner Sports SVP
*NetGear launches net connected STB
*BBC Trust to drive agenda for change at BBC
*Adobe highlights video advances at IBC
*Breakthrough, Daro Films sign licensing agreement for 'Shadow Island'
*Brad Garlinghouse to head email group at AOL
( 12 Sep 2009 )
*NDTV in talks to get strategic investor in lifestyle TV biz
*Deccan Chargers indicates IPO, stock options
*Tiger Gate names series of launches for Kix, Thrill channels
*Mega TV rolls out HD services on Comcast System in South Florida
*IBC 2009 to take a peep into the future
*Movi, Corpus partner to offer VoD for 3G
*CNN IBN launches next gen show ‘Y Not’
*LeapFrog forays into India toy market; inks deal with My Baby Excels
*Sony Pictures Animation in a multi-year deal with Fred Seibert
*BCCI, PCB in talks over series at neutral venue
*Microsoft to showcase solutions for media industry at IBC
*Warner Bros floats new company to integrate DC Comics business
( 11 Sep 2009 )
*Airtel Digital TV offers Kaminey on PPV
*Star Pravah to fight with reality and dubbed content
*Apple unveils iTunes9
*Nat Geo acquires ’The Wildest Dream’ for distribution
*Lincoln Butterfield Animation inks licensing agent agreement with DMG
*Ondas Media ropes in Worldspace Europe CEO
*Modi to address Casbaa convention on IPL's future growth
*Matt Pritchard is BBC Worldwide head of development
*Chandamama to talk online in five regional languages
*Star One EVP and GM Ravi Menon quits
*, KongZhong to create new mobile internet site
*UTVi strikes alliance with Bloomberg
( 10 Sep 2009 )
*Cartoon Network to air new trans-created show for the Indian audience
*Aap Ki Kachehri sequel fails to generate buzz in new time zone
*NDTV elevates Shivnath Thukral to group business editor
*TV18 fixes rights issue price at Rs 84 per share; issue to open on 29 September
*SS Music spices offering, launches four shows
*Nat Geo to kick off 'India' on 15 September
*Clubs who spend big reap rewards in European soccer: Castrol
*Granada TV appoints South Korean distributor
*Fox History and Entertainment pays tribute to the victims of 9/11
*Globecast strengthens resources on Eutelsat satellites
*Big TV launches new packages for South India
*Consumers in US prefer online TV: study
*'FlashForward' picked up by European broadcasters
*SPE Networks - Asia expands distribution in Indonesia with Aora
*Radio stations smitten by social networking bug
*Hathway JV MSO in Gujarat to deploy NDS solution for digital cable
*Etienne de Villiers to step down as BBC Worldwide chairman
*Real Image appoints Arvind Ranganathan as CEO
*Sirius FM-5 now fully operational
( 9 Sep 2009 )
*Tickets for Airtel Champions League Twenty20 inaugural season go on sale
*Indiagames launches three film-based games
*NDTV Good Times rolls out Cool Quotient on 8 September
*Champions Twenty20 League site launched
*Stage set for first edition of Mantri-KPL Cup
*Humax selects Broadcom’s DTV Technology for DVB TV
*Mobile is a 'remote control' for life: Synovate
*Cbeebies refreshes Bedtime Hour; 'Waybuloo' joins line up
*'Shiney controversy' to play out on Sony at 10 pm
*43.5 million viewers watched Ashes series on Star Cricket
( 8 Sep 2009 )
*Tata Sky’s review petition on licence fee grounded by Tdsat
*Star Plus' hunt for 'Perfect Bride' to begin on 12 September
*'Sesame Street' songs lyrics get personalised by Z Kids Music
*NDTV Hindu news channel hops on to Big TV
*Sun Direct crosses 4 million subscribers
*StarHub adds BBC World News, CCTV 4 to mobile TV lineup
*BBC launches brain training trial in the UK
*IOC in $100 mn deal with Spanish pubcaster RTVE
*Big FM launches rural activation div; appoints Kambhoj to head
*Real reviews biz plan, downsizes ops
*HomeShop 18 rolls out 'Today's Bumper Value'
*Man Jit Singh is Sony CEO
*Dhoni is world's top-earning cricketer
( 7 Sep 2009 )
*DTH operators groan under 30% entertainment tax in UP
*Tata Sky to premiere UTV, Eros movies on PPV channel
*Video rental set for revival in US and Europe: Study
*Divya Dutta to own Ludhiana Gullies for T-10 Gully Cricket tourney
*Lego Games to promote first month broadcast of Disney XD in UK
*David Spitz extends contract with Lionsgate
*Court asks Dish Network to pay $200 million to TiVo in patent suit
*NDTV Good Times to celebrate second anniversary with special lineup
*Casbaa adds five corporate members
*BBC Worldwide inks three-year distribution deal with Ten Alps
( 5 Sep 2009 )
*Setanta Sports available on Comcast in Northern California
*Star World to air 5th season of Desperate Housewives from 17 October
*Cox extends 'My Primetime OnDemand' offering to Las Vegas & San Diego
*Spike TV to telecast 2009 National Rugby League
*UTV to raise Rs 1 bn via debentures to LIC
*Colors ropes in Big B for Bigg Boss
*Go, Diego Go! on Nickelodeon on 18 September
*Trai extends time for stakeholders to provide financial details
*UTV Bindass to launch 2nd season of '3rd Degree' on 13 September
( 4 Sep 2009 )
*YouTube mulls Hollywood movies streaming
*Yahoo rolls out Meme in English; shuts SpotM in India
*Star Wars The Clone Wars to get live demo on Xbox
*Documentary series 'Behind the Music' back on VH1
*Sundance Channel to launch on France’s Free platform
*Zee TV adds celebrity flavour to ‘Ghar Ghar Mein’
*Musical-E-Azam hits Radio City Mumbai air waves on 7 September
*IBF sets up joint working committee to resolve disputes
*EPL TV rights for India up for grabs
*Max to air IPL2 highlights on Saturdays
*Zapak launches online game based on sci-fi film District 9
*Maya Entertainment MD and CEO Ronald D'mello quits
*Zee TV to launch second season of Dance India Dance
*UTV New Media Ventures appoints senior officials
( 3 Sep 2009 )
*Sanraa Media to float JV with US firm
*3rd season of 'Friday Night Lights' on Star World from 5 September
*Bangladesh to host 2011 Cricket WC opening ceremony
*CNN’s 'Anderson Cooper' to broadcast from Afghanistan
*Digikore Studios to launch new comic property in 2010
*News Corp eyes 20% stake in Rotana Media
*BCCI tasks Manohar with resolving IMG impasse
*Ten Sports partners NBC Universal to launch cricket portal
*Oregon and SW Washington to have 64 channels from Comcast
*Mirchi goes retro in 23 Hindi markets
( 2 Sep 2009 )
*9X turns cookery into an entertainment show
*eBay offloads 65% in Skype for $1.9 bn
*I&B working on regulatory body for TV: Jatua
*DD1 to launch afternoon daily from 3 September
*Season two of 'Atom TV' returns on Comedy Central
* to release rock band albums on mobile, web
*CN to launch new season of The Spectacular
*BBC and Bafta to offer new bursary to 16 to 19 yr olds
*BBC relaunches site to tell its history
*Prime Focus restructures, to have vertical CEOs
*Nicholas Wodtke to lead digital media at Disney-ABC Intl TV, Apac
*Star Ananda to show football, inks deal for WC 2010 qualifiers
*Madras HC issues notice to I&B Ministry over obscenity, violence on TV
*Max launches Wanted: Salman Ka Deewana contest on 5 September
*UTV Bindass gets 'Kenny vs Spenny' to India
( 1 Sep 2009 )
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