's Headlines Archives - 2004
Headlines in the month of May
* 'FE' editor Baru to be PM's media adviser
* SAB to hive broadcasting division into new company
* Asianet 'innovates' with fresh line-up
* China govt. to launch kids channel by end-2006
* 'Fun Republic' recruiting in Mumbai, Ahmedabad
* 'Jassi' dazzles at FPGI's Apsara awards
* Prasar Bharti invites tenders for equipments
* Marcus Evans plays footsie with new show
* MGM Channel to launch in Spain
* E! Networks president, CEO Herman steps down
* NBC to flag off a reality show 'Reverse Simple Life'
* US to curb rampant online trading of TV shows
(31 May2004)
* Chawla new I&B ministry secretary
(30 May2004)
* Sony Corp seeks two-week extension on MGM deal
* Nielsen's ratings system for NY gets thumbs down
* News Corp unsure of 'Spaceway'; cancels venture
* CNBC Hindi launch before year-end
* Channel 4's Bollywood reality contest irks UK-Asians
* ACC invites bids for Asia Cup live telecast rights
(29 May2004)
* Fox buckles pulls off 'homophobic' show
* 'American Idol' finale ratings dip below last year's
* International Emmy receives a record no. of entries
* US networks HBO, FX to air sitcoms
* BBC World's Husain wins Women Achievement Award
* Sri Lanka to provide AV ent. at public places
* Sharma looks ahead to ent. channel
* Sab TV to launch seven new shows
(28 May2004)
* Sakshi quits 'Devi'; to be replaced by Juhi Parmar
* New govt's 'common plan' silent on media & ent
* Sony creative head Saurabh Vanzara quits
* Fantasia Barrino is Fox's American Idol
(27 May2004)
* Prasar Bharati sets up European arm
* For Zee Music, it pays to play Indian
* Exclusive TV channel for musicians launched
* Merrill Lynch bullish on Viacom in US TV upfront
* Sony tactics fail to dent 'KGGK' supremacy: Star
* ABU, AsiaSat, SARFT cover Poverty Reduction Conf
* HK's i-Cable to distribute TV channel in Chinese city
* 'Bandstand' to twirl new show with 'Idol'
* MTV targets US gays with Logo channel
* Watchit Media Inc. launches Convention Television
* Nagra 'bends it' at UK's Emma awards in TV category
* Marathi news vies for a larger share of the pie
(26 May2004)
* Trai recos for cable TV networks in 2-3 weeks
* Miramax chiefs to buy'Fahrenheit 9/11' from Disney
* AXN says leads among English ent, movie channels
* Horror returns to primetime on Malayalam TV
(25 May2004)
* VAT issue threatens Athens olympics coverage
* Bookmaker to launch betting channel
* Private TV channel opens in Kabul
* Reddy vows to push unfinished agenda
* US TV networks to snub Bush speech
* ITV, Channel Ten to telecast Euro 2004
* On poll result day, Aaj Tak gets viewers' vote
* Live shows pep up Zee Music ratings
* Balaji launches Malayalam soap on Surya
* Reddy to get to work from the start
(24 May2004)
* Reddy gets I&B, Maran telecom, IT
* Yes TV, TV Plus Quit Hong Kong market
* Pakistan to allow screening of Indian films
* Ten Sports bags French open rights
* Balaji's net profit down 3.5 %
* Comcast, Microsoft in licensing deal for TV software
* Creator of 'Millionaire' sues Disney over royalties
* Star Plus readies 'Des Mein...' for a makeover
* Mark Thompson new BBC director general
* Nick to get 'MTV India treatment' for makeover
* Intelsat to withdraw planned IPO of shares
(22 May2004)
* New govt. looks to de-saffronise Prasar
* No buzz in capital's corridors on I&B minister
* Patadia takes the prime plunge with Prima Ent
* Pvt channels lift footage: DD to seek damages
* TVC launches 24-hour shopping channel
* HBO lines up movie bonanza for June
(21 May2004)
* I&B backs news channels' plea on FIIs
* CBS unveils five series with familiar stars
* Hong Kong clubs under Casbaa piracy scrutiny
* US 'gem shopping' channel relaunches as Jewelry TV
(20 May2004)

Martha Stewart TV Show taken off


Dr Manmohan Singh India's next PM


MGM Promotes Flynn


NATPE to hold television producers' workshop


CNBC reports a net profit of Rs 130.73 mn

* eAccess to attain AOL Japan's ISP business
* Actor Tony Randal passed away
* Q Television Network completes test broadcast

Acterna names John J. Jones as new VP

* India to play a key role in BroadcastAsia2004
* CgA World expo '04 kicks off on an optimistic note
* Atika Shubert is CNN's new Tokyo correspondent

Haber, Vide to distribute mini-series 'Mother Teresa'

* GRB, Fox in talks with CTV for 'Next Action Star'
* Time Warner eyes purchase of Adelphia
* NDTV listed on BSE; opens at Rs 101
* Balaji attempts to break Sony jinx with KAKR
(19 May2004)

FTA channel Star Utsav from 7 June

* WJZY UPN46 clinches broadcast deal
* 'Scrubs' to continue for next two seasons
* Jimmy Fallon quits 'Saturday Night Live'

China to promote home-made cartoons

* ABC to reduce comedy shows
* DD's gets bold with 'Miss India'
* CNBC to raise Rs 500 million to boost expansion plans

We can't take our audience for granted: Asianet VP

* Sahyadri to make commissioned shows on literary works
* Turner spruces Pogo to meet competition
* Star World gets 'Stark Raving Mad'
* Rajat Sharma's India TV to beam from 20 May
(18 May2004)

'Black Monday' bloodbath on bourses

* Singapore media to get $37.8 million
* Portable gaming revenue to grow to $2.7 billion
* Reeves, Pirates.. honoured at World Stunt Awards

CBS signs Ray Raymano for 9th & final season

* Star Plus launches a 'sneak-peek' show
* Myanmar launches new channel
* Sylvester Stallone sues MGM

Surya TV takes on Asianet's horror soap

* B4U Music poised for fresh start with new team
* Asianet to telecast serial on expats
* Narayana Murthy among 4 inducted on NDTV board
* Apathetic turnout marks TRAI's FM radio forum
(17 May2004)

Trai open forum: mandating CAS only way forward

* Trai consultn. paper on community radio in one month
* Sky to promote quality TV ads
* Star Plus' next kids' show 'K3D' ready to roll

Malaysian Govt asks pvt channels to stop skin-shows

* China worried about TV stars aping westerners
* French TV's racism is in focus
* Zee MGM set to don more contemporary look
* Zee English to don the action cap
* Smile launches first commissioned show 'Laugh Line'
(15 May2004)
* To cap or not to cap; Trai in contemplation
* HBO US goes 'Six Feet Under' for the 4th time

NBC to maintain 'Law & Order' situation

* Celebrities to attend the Edinburgh TV Festival
* 21 arrested in satellite TV scam in US
* Naked TV reveals maiden deals

Basu returns to Star with India's 'Child Genius' 16 May

* Frasier departs, might get a new job
* US networks to finalise primetime schedules
* Next stop Asia for NBC Universal?
* Intelsat has signed a deal with Golden Telecom
(14 May2004)
* B'cast industry awaits new I&B minister

NBC's long-term contract with Tom Brokaw

* Conax obtains CA certificate from SARFT
* WGA, proucers, networks to meet on 1 June
* Disney's 2Q net up 71%

BBC's Pillai buoyant about covering elections

* Intelsat acquires Comsat to strengthen govt sol. unit
* Korean soaps gain popularity in US
* BSkyB reports colossal profit rise

East meets west in 'Where's the party yaar'

* Markets stabilise after initial tremors
* Crime, trauma, true grit in new shows on Reality TV
* Vikas Varma joins UTV as COO TV content
* Smriti loses - ideal bahu cuts no ice with Delhi voters
(13 May2004)
* News sites picking up share in video streaming mkt

Fox lines up special episode of 'That 70's Show' in US

* CNN Intl makes correspondent, anchor appointments
* NBC-Vivendi Universal merger complete
* Analyst upgrade trigger Disney share rise

Twin NDTV channels to telecast Apsara Awards live

* Adios 'Frasier', Grammer hints return
* Zee DTH channel Smile TV now on cable
* Bihar cable ops threaten statewide TV blackout
* Internet hub for broadband across Middle East
(12 May2004)
* Trai CAS recommendations by July
* Zee TV wins rights to 'Munnabhai MBBS'
* KL satellite plans to offer 100 new channels

China emerges as world's 2nd largest radio market

* Disney to publish 'Chicken Little' video game
* Disney's Playschool set to enter Singapore on 15 May
* Asianet, Surya neck and neck in Kerala

BBC to launch Flexible TV; gateway to online television

* Nielsen 'People Meters' under fire
* CNBC gears up for poll D-Day with 'Judgement Day'
* Aaj Tak hold loosens to main rivals' benefit
(11 May2004)
* New horror show: Sahara gets 'unreal'
* Asianet introduces fixed-duration serial

BBC World now flies on Gulf Air

* MTV, Yahoo! team up for Quincy Jones extravaganza
* WWE wrestler Bradshaw joins forces with CNBC US
* ZICA to launch its Kolkatta arm
(10 May2004)
* Singapore's Mediacorp restructures management
* CNBC show pits students against corporate honchos
* Aaj Tak goes '100/100' for poll climax

Good growth seen in telephony service subscriber base

* New tie-up on Digital Indian Music Download
* Raised forecasts spur News Corp's channel plans
* Indian short film gets International award
(8 May2004)
* Padmalaya to launch 10 films this fiscal
* After 10 years, 'Friends' bids a graceful farewell
* BBC shortlists three bidders for technology unit
* Fox looks to control TV costs with new division

ESS ropes in Bhaichung Bhutia for football promotion

* Study stresses role of pubcaster in building social capital
* Apsara awards nominees announced
* Americans hooked to surfing at work: Study
(7 May2004)
* News Corp Q3 net up 69% at $465 m.
* MGM weighs take-over options, delays annual meet
* Ed Wilson new Fox TV network president
* B4U creative head Yugander calls it quits
* Bombay HC grants partial reprieve to Go 92.5 FM

HC stays encashment of Suryan FM's bank guarantee

* Win's star RJ to move to Radio City
* Infotainment channel Amrita TV on the anvil
* Hungama TV on programme commissioning spree
* MTV woos international music lovers

AOL launches video game site

* Disney nixes anti-Bush documentary
* E! Networks has India entry in its sights
* Columbia Tri encourages exhibitors to reach for the stars
(6 May2004)
* Zee puts in Rs 1 billion behind star hunt
* 'Vivendi Universal first quarter revenues decline
* The Great Escape... Indianised
* Government keen on community radio
* UTV launches movie studio model

EC endorses prompt FM fees payment

* Bertelsmann up by 186 mn euros in Q1 2004
* US women get first porn network 'Playgirl'
* Diane Nelson promoted at Warner Bros. Entertainment
* Al Gore's INdTV acquires Newsworld Intl

40-50 million viewers to watch 'Friends' finaley

* Panamsat reports revenue rise for Q1 2004
* I&B to refer FM issue to EC
* Casbaa releases Fast Facts 2004 handbook
(5 May2004)
* 'The Simpsons' cast ends strike
* Assets recast at News Corp
* K Sera Sera may set up TV prod. house
* Zee Cinema adds the live factor - interactive vans

AXN Asia chief Todd Miller promoted

* Kevin Reilly new NBC entertainment president
* India in the USTR priority watch lists
* US cable TV chiefs take on rivals
* [V] = reality: A new equation for '04

WGA-US TV producers talks to continue Wednesday

* Casbaa to stage satellite industry forum
* Anime Network set to launch as 24-hour channel
* It's a 'Mad' world on Zee English this summer
(4 May2004)
* Soccer maintains momentum among Asian telly viewers

Doug Miller is executive VP, MD Disney Intl Asia-Pacific

* MTV US' initiative to involve youth in electoral process
* First 24x7 gaming channel to launch next year in US
* BBC looks to hook Europeans online
* Padmalaya seeks 400 animators for new projects

'Me numero uno' claims Radio City

* ABC looking to do 'Extreme Makeover' on NBC's 'Friends'
* General Anand elevated to IndusInd CEO
(3 May2004)


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