Television
Report on Hindi News Viewership

Rupert Murdoch coming to India in March, expected to launch Space TV

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/04/20/Rupert%20Murdoch.jpg?itok=QGDRZe-I

NEW DELHI: Its now official. News Corp chairman and media czar Rupert Murdoch is coming on his fifth visit to India in the second half of March, which could coincide with the Indian government clearing Space TVs application for a DTH licence.

According to government sources, a request from News Corp, through its Asian subsidiary Star Group, has been received by the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) for an appointment with Dr Manmohan Singh. The two dates that have been indicated are 22 and 23 March.

The government sources also said its likely that Murdoch would come calling in his private jet for the five-day visit for which necessary permissions are being sought from the civil aviation authorities.

Though the full agenda of Murdochs India visit is not known yet, Indiantelevision.com has managed to collate some information on the subject from political and government sources.

Murdoch is likely to make the 'courtesy call' rounds in the ministries of information and broadcasting (Jaipal Reddy) and IT and telecommunication (Dayanidhi Maran). Similar visits are being co-ordinated with the office of Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition LK Advani in Delhi.

Another interesting point is that Murdoch, who is unlikely to visit Kolkata to meet up with his Indian partner for the Star News venture, may discuss with the ABP Ltd boss Aveek Sarkar the equity structuring and other financial details for a Bengali news channel being proposed by Media,Content & Communication Services India Pvt. Ltd (MCCS).

MCCS is a 74:26 joint venture company between ABP and Star that manages the affairs of Star News channel, which after a recent revamp in look and content is inching closer to the second highest market share owner NDTV India.

At present, its not clear whether the proposed Bengali news channel would carry the Star logo or not or have both the Star and ABP logos. A former ABP Ltd. veteran and Sarkar loyalist, Suman Chattopadhaya, anyway, is tipped to head the Bengali channel.

Meanwhile, government sources indicated that information and broadcasting ministry is poised to clear an application of Space TV (a 80:20 JV between the Tata group and a Star) before Murdochs arrival. The DTH projects estimated cost: Rs 16 billion.

Though some clarifications on certain issues are still awaited by the ministry, it is expected these would be fruitfully resolved soon. Space TVs revised application has been pending with the government for over a year in which time two DTH service providers, Dish TV (20 per cent owned by Zee Telefilms) and DD Direct Plus, have already entered the market offering a host of services.

Every time Murdoch Sr. comes to India, not only does it generate loads of media hype, but it also results in some major happenings in his Indian venture, Star India. Once when he came in the late 1990s, he ended up hiring a bureaucrat as the CEO of his Indian operation. Murdochs first Indian visit was in 1994 after he acquired Star Asia from Hong Kong-based tycoon Li Ka Shing's son Richard Li.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/30/ravish-kumar.jpg?itok=vgOtbkG9
Ravish Kumar quits NDTV India 

A day after the channel's founders and promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy resigned from their positions as directors on the board of RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd, senior journalist Ravish Kumar, too, put in his papers at NDTV (RRPRH) on 30 November.

Television TV Channels People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/30/sudhir2.jpg?itok=mLQiyU2M
Sudhir Chaudhary's show ‘Black and White’ on Aaj Tak becomes No.1 at 9 p.m.

Sudhir Chaudhary’s programme Black and White on Aaj Tak tops the programme telecast rating in the 9 p.m. slot weekday in week 46. The show was launched on July 19 2022 and has been growing steadily.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/30/17.jpg?itok=hGF02OJv
Prannoy Roy & Radhika Roy resign from NDTV board 

Mumbai: News broadcaster NDTV Ltd., in a regulatory filing on Tuesday, announced that the company’s owner and founders, Prannoy Roy & Radhika Roy, have stepped down as directors. In addition to this, the broadcaster said that Sudipta Bhattacharya, Sanjay Pugalia, and Senthil Sinniah...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/29/hiren_gada.jpg?itok=cr50uEXK
Shemaroo crosses the 60-year landmark in style

Mumbai: Shemaroo is celebrating 60 years of entertaining the country's consumers and the entertainment ecosystem. And it's been a journey full of dynamism and agility. Shemaroo said they have been the entertainment industry's favourite muse for over six decades, and by catering to various types of...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/29/marquee_nights_.jpg?itok=VgpSYjSb
Experts discusses the future of M&E at CNBC-TV18 Marquee Nights 

Mumbai: CNBC-TV 18 organised a spectacular event called "CNBC-TV 18 Marquee Nights" on 21 November 2022, at Masala Bay and Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The event featured Vivendi chairman and Havas Group chairman and CEO Yannick Bolloré in an exclusive conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Anuradha SenGupta....

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/29/sony_pictures_networks.jpg?itok=H2TaxNAf
SPNI acquires exclusive media rights for Lanka Premier League 2022

Mumbai: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has bagged the exclusive broadcast rights for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League 2022. The broadcaster will get exclusive television rights across the Indian subcontinent, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, and Maldives,...

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/28/amita.jpg?itok=Z5cIZk7o
Amita Maheshwari quits Disney Star 

After a stint of 13 years of service, Disney Star head of HR for APAC and India Amita Maheshwari has decided to leave to join an organisation outside of media space.

Television TV Channels People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/28/pzaz-tv.jpg?itok=_Fm6BR4q
Pzaz TV reaches 50,000 films from 260 collaborating partners

Pzaz TV has amassed a catalogue of 50,000 films provided by a fast-growing community of 260 independent partners within 18 months of its 2021 launch.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/11/28/tak1.jpg?itok=bYamouJL
India Today Group announces launch of new website for Rajasthan Tak

India Today Group’s digital-first group of channels, Tak, has expanded its online presence with a newly launched website, www.RajasthanTak.com, strengthening its hold as a leading digital player in the regional-news market. This will be the group’s sixth native product after CrimeTak.in,...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting