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Headlines in the month of April
 
* Pogo to air episodes of MAD shot in Singapore from 11 May
* Motorola launches music phone Motoyuva W270
* Idea Cellular salutes the nation with Jai Hind music video
* BSNL approaches Trai on regulating TV channel prices for IPTV
* FDI hike in broadcasting sector to be put up in inter-ministerial meeting
* Sesame's 2nd defence families' outreach project on
* Id8 Labs appoints Vivek Saurabh as CEO
* Nokia launches 3 new S60 applications on mobiles
* Fremantlemedia, Heavy.Com create LoveRace
* Tata Indicom offers IPL-related services, contests
* Warner Bros unveils digital initiatives
* CBS Q1 profit up 14% at $244 mn
* Lizo Mzimba is BBC News entertainment correspondent
* Creative introduces Muvo T200 MP3 player in India
* ICC annual conference to take place in Dubai from 29 June to 4 July
* CNN to launch new show 'My City My Life'
* The History Channel to organise quiz challenge 'Bollywood Rap'
* Radio operators should pay more for music content: PPL
( 30 Apr 2008 )
* UTV Q4 net up 140% at Rs 271 million
* Pump up the volume at the India Radio Forum 2008
* Tdsat commissioner to implement IMCL reconnection order
* Network18 Q4 net up 161% at Rs 407 million
* TV still the top media choice for Indian kids: Survey
* Global piracy costs US economy $58 bn annually
* US expreses IPR concerns over China, Russia
* Sony to launch ‘Yeh Shaam Mastani’ on 3 May
* Galli Galli Sim Sim II wins Gold Plaque at Hugo TV awards
* Dish TV CEO Arun Kumar Kapoor quits
* SPTI in VoD deal with KT's Mega TV
* Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Block to premiere on CN
* Dish, Alcatel-Lucent to perform mobile broadcast test
* Ashok Mansukhani quits Hinduja Ventures
( 29 Apr 2008 )
* SC dismisses case over Mallya's IPL team's name
* IPL suspends Harbhajan for entire season, to lose Rs 30 mn
* TV18 Q4 net up 25%, plans English biz newspaper launch within a year
* MIB content code meet with stakeholders on 2 May
* 3G mobile broadband set for growth
* US sees 25% surge in HD set adoption
* Warner Bros, Becker announce 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition'
* DTL to take viewers on drinking adventure
* Mattel launches Barbie Mariposa toys
* Government considering special IPR enforcement courts
* Nokia in social film partnership with Spike Lee
* BBC inks distribution deal with Hathway Cable and Datacom
* Web and radio most accessed media at work: Study
* BR Films ties up with Zapak to promote Bhoothnath
* Big Music is Chennai IPL team's entertainment partner
* Sun TV’s S FM launches in Warangal
* Disney channel India announces summer line up and contest
* Isro launches 10 satellites by PSLV-C9
* SPT's Minisode Network launches on Sprint TV
* DD, Aaj Tak win environmental awards
* Colours of Konkan bags three awards at IDPA
* 9X to launch in UK on Sky Digital
* Ortel moves Tdsat against Zee TV, Sun & ETV
( 28 Apr 2008 )
* Trai for 74% FDI in cable TV, 49% in news channels & FM
* IPL to award top-scoring batsman with "Orange Cap"
* Myntra.com partners with Indyarocks.com for personalised merchandise
* Second season of Comedy Honors to kick off on 27 April
* MIB to meet NBA soon on Content Code
* CN to premiere Ninja Turtles III on 27 April
* Daily News owner matches Murdoch's bid for Newsday
* FremantleMedia inks multi-year production deal with Singapore's MDA
* Visiware relaunches interactive channel Playin’TV
* Endemol buys controlling stake in 51 Minds Entertainment
* BBC to make drama series "House Of Saddam"
* WWE releases WrestleMania XXIV on Blu-ray
( 26 Apr 2008 )
* Trai turns down DoT's proposal to allow foreign entry in 3G
* Implementation of Cable Act is state matter: Dasmunsi
* IPL fever catching on across India
* MIB asks states to keep watch on unauthorized TV channels
* Prasar Bharati administrative staff call off hunger strike, agitation to continue
* Indian authorities ban Pakistani channels in parts of Kashmir
* Pyramid Saimira opens 2nd food court in Delhi
* ICTV demonstrates ActiveVideo channel lineup at Cable Congress '08
* My FM gives kids chance to become RJs through ‘My Ka Laal’
* UTVi completes installation of Avid solution
* Three Asians compete for Cannes' Palme d'Or
* News Corp hired hacker, says Dish
* Crocs to manufacture shoes based on Disney shows
* Cartoon Network introduces show for pre-schoolers
( 25 Apr 2008 )
* Tdsat orders 4 IMCL distributors to reconnect the MSO's feed
* Dish TV to tap rights issue, targets Rs 12 billion
* Khali to visit India on 7 May
* Disney Book Group to launch book on Miley Cyrus
* Sony acquires Gracenote for $260 mn
* UTVi in content tie up with Business Standard
* US consumers to spend less on entertainment in 2008: Survey
* HDTV laptops to arrive in China for Olympics
* BBC Entertainment to launch new season of Dancing with the Stars on 25 April
* WGA pushes for net freedom
( 24 Apr 2008 )
* Belkin introduces TuneBase FM for iPod
* Sony to launch second season of Comedy Circus from 26 April
* Sony launches new Bravia home theatre system
* Cartoon Network introduces 2 daily shows
* Essel appoints Shirshendu Banerjee to head FM vertical
* Govt asks Trai to review FDI limits in broadcasting and telecom
* Radio Mirchi launches pack of six shows
* Emmy Awards to recognise reality show host
* UNI imbroglio: I&B ministry not to step in
* Zapak is Kolkata Knight Riders' online gaming partner
* Marcus Brauchli steps down as Wall Street Journal managing editor
* Ban TV channels showing astrological predictions: Congress MP
* D-Link partners with Veog to bring internet video to TV
* Zero Friction announces Vixture gaming championship
* Virgin Comics signs up Stan Lee for creating superheroes
* Bulk of applications for community radio yet to get nod
* Zee Next has Rs 3 bn investment plan, Tamil channel to get Rs 900 million
( 23 Apr 2008 )
* Former Fox News host Tony Snow joins CNN
* Great Indian Laughter Challenge may have foreign participants
* Nickelodeon launches 'The Big Green Help' campaign for Earth Day
* NBA submits content code to MIB, keeps redressal under own "Authority"
* 9X to be available on WatchIndia.TV
* 60 mn IPTV subscribers by 2010 : TMG
* ABC.com launches Lostcape to promote 'Lost'
* AOL launches in Hong Kong
* Sony to fill up 8 pm slot with 'Waar Parriwar'
( 22 Apr 2008 )
* Nick to launch fresh shows in May
* IPL off to a solid start
* Pragya TV in two IPTV deals
* NewsX's web 2.0 site goes on air
* Jetix introduces two daily shows
* Radio Mirchi rearranges top level management
* Maya Entertainment strengthens education vertical with new appointments
* burrp.com launches online TV guide for India
* Banff World TV Festival announces nominees for awards
* Sun TV’s SFM launches in Rajkot, Aurangabad & Ahmedabad
* BBC Worldwide in development deal with Star Farm Productions
* APAC's pay-TV, broadband revenues to touch $86 bn by 2012: MPA
* Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly fame signs with Columbia Records
* SPTI to co-produce comedy series with Electric Farm Entertainment
* Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate in JV for premium TV channel
* Sun expands streaming system for IPTV platform
* Broadcast Worldwide launches TV Southasia
( 21 Apr 2008 )
* Pyramid Saimira to develop Hanuman game with Sony
* Radio Disney to be available on web enabled mobiles
* U-To Solutions brings BroadView to India
* Citigroup's You Telecom acquires majority in Scod 18 to have cable presence in Mumbai
* Music industry myopic: Aroi
* Amitabh Bachchan begins blogging with bigadda.com
* DirecTV to acquire 180 Connect
* Signiant powers digital media aggregation for Hulu
* ER sells 'Transformers' TV show to 80 territories
* 10 bn videos viewed online in the US in February: comScore
* Amrita TV gears up for Junior Genius
* CN to stage its characters at Butlins resort
* NBCU, Omnicom in pact for branded content
* Online media speeding up piracy: Study
* BBC to launch online fashion magazine Thread
* Ajay Bhalwankar elevated as Zee TV programming head
( 19 Apr 2008 )
* 9X to start devotional programming with Jai Maa Vaishno Devi
* Broadcasters declare a la carte, bouquet rates for non-Cas areas
* Reliance Big Broadcasting to launch movie channels first
* Jetix Europe appoints new creative head from Cartoon network
* Barry Weiss is BMG chairman
* Mauj Mobile strengthens top management
* BBC World launches embedded news video on BBC.com
* Viaccess announces 3 deals in India
* NDTV Q4 net loss at Rs 1.17 billion
( 18 Apr 2008 )
* Murdoch launches MySpace in India
* Canadian firm bags IPL, BCCI website rights for $50 mn
* Big Music announces ‘Ticket to Stardom’ with winners of ‘Chhote Ustaad & ‘Voice of India’
* Disney announces Hannah Montana-The Big Pop Star Dream
* Indian media is full of opportunity: NAB
* NAB: Demand for webisodes is growing
* Channel [V] to launch 5th season of Get Gorgeous on 16 May
* Trai debates on issue of states becoming broadcasters in open house
* MTVNI to launch Nickelodeon in Poland
* Sky in Australia goes digital with SGI technology
* Bruce Ryan joins UTStarcom board
* IPL resolves dispute with news broadcasters
( 17 Apr 2008 )
* DTH operators form association, to fight higher taxes
* Trai asked to study Tam's TV ratings system
* NDTV considers splitting businesses
* Trai supports MIB: DTH license fee to be 6% of gross revenue
* NDTV Imagine to launch new music reality show Junoon in June
* Star signs 3-year media IP network deal with BT
* Tata Communications bags two Nemertes 2008 Pilot House awards
* Triveni’s Hindi news channel Voice of India soft launches
* Legendary Disney animator Johnston passes away at 95
* Jetix acquires Kid vs Kat from DHX Media
* Sag starts negotiations with AMPTP
* Shanda partners with Zapak to bring Crazy Kart to India
* Prasar Bharati employees take out march
* DD to launch new shows in primetime and afternoon band
* HBO to screen An Inconvenient Truth on Earth Day
* Motorola’s brand ambasssador Wyclef Jean launches music phone MOTOROKR U9 in India
* Cas to be mandatory in metros: Dasmunsi
* Sun TV’s SFM to launch in Nashik & Vadodara on 17 April
* Fropper.com launches music networking service
* Sesame Street goes HD with Sony cameras, switchers
* Arnaud Maillard is Eurosport Group internet director
* IMG, Glassman Media in deal for reality show
* Michael Eisner to deliver keynote at Mipcom
* AXN Beyond launches on now TV in Hong Kong
* TV audiences remain loyal to favourite programmes: Survey
* Ashley Highfield is Kangaroo CEO
* AOL launches in Taiwan
( 16 Apr 2008 )
* DWA reports new digital watermarking options
* Cartoon Network elevates Isenhower to SVP programming
* Zee TV to launch Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah on 21 April
* Final responses on cable TV restructuring by 23 April: Trai
* INS approves IPL's media terms and conditions
* Amrita TV announces new dance reality show 'Let's Dance'
* La Vision launches kids portal Buzziboy.com
* Irate Prasar Bharati employees to march to Parliament
* Zee News Ltd Q4 net at Rs 153 mn, revenue up 59% to Rs 1 bn
* Nimbus Sports, Fox Sports in pact for live telecast of Indo-Australia Test series
* 14 mn IPTV homes globally: Park Asociates
* Eros' EyeQube Studio starts operations
* Zeel Q4 consolidated net up 49% at Rs 1 billion
* Digital cams and their effect on lighting discussed at Nab
* Networking for Digital Facilities explained at Nab Tech Guru
* HBN Group soft launches CNEB news & entertainment channel
* NBA threatens TV blackout for IPL from midnight
( 15 Apr 2008 )
* Sony BMG celebrates 25th anniversary of Jackson's 'Thriller
* Himanshu Shekhar joins BIG 92.7 FM as regional head
* Radio City announces key changes in strategic team
* Digital TV transition to be key issue at Nab
* Google ropes in Qatalyst Group as advisor
* Turner's 30% in Miditech is for Rs 850 million
* BBC Worldwide sells 'Earth' to 34 broadcasters
* Mitsubishi introduces new line of HDTV sets
* Disney acquires global rights for animated series 'Timmy'
* BBC seeks next generation of TV writers for drama academy
* Stratacache to set shop in India, Ramamurty is head
* New model necessary to boost newspaper sales
* Tata Communications expands VPN services to Egypt
* Sony TV, Animax launches in Portugal
( 14 Apr 2008 )
* Star Plus surges well ahead of Zee TV
* Stakeholders resist state govts entering TV biz
* RAPA gets 1,000 nominations for RAPA Awards 2007
* DD to launch new Sunday soap at 9 pm from 27 April
* John Paul Geurts elevated to VP and creative director of Nickelodeon Recreation
* ZDF, AETN renew programming, co-production deal
* MySpace in deal with content distributor ShineReveille
* Intelsat chairman Joseph Wright resigns, Svider to take over
* Fame announces film making workshop for kids
* Discovery, BBC to co-produce Frozen Planet
* Internet to boost traditional television: Deloitte
* Sue Naegle is HBO Entertainment president
* BBC to conduct debates on public service bradcasting
* Mike Myers to host 2008 MTV Movie awards
* American Idol raises $60 mn for charity
* Zee Studio announces World Cinema festival
* AOL launches technology network
* ABC's website launches new widgets for shows
( 12 Apr 2008 )
* TV18 launches shopping channel Home Shop18
* NDTV Good Times launches 'Free Fall' on 21 April
* SintecMedia to display management system OnAirPivot at Nab
* Prime Focus invests in eyeon Fusion
* Sun TV’s SFM to launch in Jamshedpur on 13 April
* Ten Sports secures 4-year Uefa rights
* Sony to launch new serial at 10:30 pm on 14 April
* Zee Kannada announces fourth season of 'Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa'
* MIB invited to Nab 2008
* Cartoon Network, Zapak partner for games based on CN characters
* MipTV announces winners of Content 360 competition
* Radio City launches in Pune
* Radio Misty gets BBC programming to north Bengal, Sikkim
* Bindass elevates two key people
* CNN, Samsung JV for mobile streaming of news
* Nick assembles new shows, movies for summer
* Sun Direct to get One Alliance bouquet, not just Max: Tdsat
( 11 Apr 2008 )
* Turner to enter animation films, add channels in India
* NewsX to be available on Dish TV from 14 April
* B.A.G Films and Media appoints Ashish Kaul as group COO
* Sony Pictures TV to exhibit at Amazia in Hong Kong
* Disney promotes Anna Woo to VP business operations and finance
* Sony to launch daily soap Sujata at 10 pm
* Voom HD, Mega Media, MDA renew co-production pact
* Editors Guild rejects BCCI’s revised terms on media coverage
* CEA launches campaign for digital TV transition in the US
( 10 Apr 2008 )
* Trai fallout: DTH to get channels at lower cost
* Nimbus to re-brand its channels as Neo Cricket and Neo Sports
* Sab joins stand-up comedy race; launches 'Comedy Ka King Kaun'
* Disney to launch channel for preschoolers in Latin America
* TinselVision pilots film review programme 'Tinsel Takes'
* International interactive Emmy awards announced at MipTV
* Willow TV gets IPL broadcast rights for the Americas
* Animal Planet announces filmmaking contest
* Vh1 brings Wyclef Jean to perform live in India
* Pix, Amritraj call for screenplay treatments for 'Gateway'
* Andrew Griffith is BSkyB CFO
* Voom HD announces new shows for summer and fall
* Autodesk to showcase VFX, animation solutions at Nab
* Disney unveils 10 3D movie line-up till 2012
* SPE Networks Asia elevates Hui Keng to SVP
* Wasp3D to showcase 3D graphics system at Nab '08
* Zee Studio renews deal with Disney-ABC Television
* Reliance ADAG buys digital images biz of US firm for $7.5 mn
* France, Singapore launch cross-platform programme challenge
* BBC Arabic launches on E-Vision in UAE
* Microsense, BA Systems partner for wireless internet
( 9 Apr 2008 )
* UTV Software getos FIPB nod to infuse Rs 9.24 billion from Disney
* Hathway plans $100 million IPO
* DLF IPL's second season to kick off on 10 April '09
* Ten Sports to bring Khali to Mumbai in mid-May
* IG Fun to launch sports-based mobile games
* Pragya TV rejigs programming, to launch two shows
* BabyFirst launches in Turkey
* Disney ABC licenses 'The Amazing Race' to Reshet for Asia
* Govt to extend Cas in phased manner, calls for special meeting before fixing dates
* Mauj Mobile partners Eros for 'U Me Aur Hum' mobile content
* Lachlan Murdoch withdraws bid for Consolidated Media
* Friendship drives social networking in India: Nielsen
( 8 Apr 2008 )
* LIC ups stake in Zeel to 7% via market purchase
* Miditech to foray into films, lines up four TV shows for the quarter
* Soniya Kirpalani wins co-production challenge at MipDoc 2008
* Walt Disney, CTC Media enter into licensing agreement
* Yahoo rejects Microsoft's ultimatum
* SintecMedia appoints Moses Zelniker as VP New Media
* Sun TV’s SFM to launch in Guwahati on 8 April
* Orange ready to launch Orange cinéma series
* Microsoft issues 3-week deadline to Yahoo!
* Disney ABC licenses 'The Fashionista Diaries' to Fiver UK
* YouTube teams up with Rolling Stones
* The Kitchen gears up for MipTV
* MGM CEO Sloan to deliver keynote at Amazia
* Amit Arora elevated to senior VP of One Alliance
* Telcos need to sort out last mile issue for IPTV growth
* Keep pricing low for IPTV
* Rush HD makes global debut on Sky platform
* Fox Business's content to be available on MobiTV
* BBC triumphs at Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in the UK
* Zee Turner bundles Ten Sports with Zee Sports for Rs 26
( 7 Apr 2008 )
* Value for money big factor in India
* IPTV has to build on VoD and interactivity
* News Corp ups stake in Premiere AG to 22.7%
* Nickelodeon plans to produce new virtual worlds
* India shining at MipTV
* Broadcasting sector favour FDI hike sans Zee, Reliance, Times
* Filmy to launch Sunday slot for kids
* Goldstone Technologies to launch IPTV in India
* Toei Animation Europe streams video trailers for animated series
* BBC Worldwide announces MipTV line-up
* MySpace inks deals with music labels, to launch internet music store
* Singapore's MDA to showcase factual content at MipTV
* Ofcom, BBC Trust join hands to upgrade DTT
* BBC introduces BBC HD via VoD in Taiwan
* Elvis Costello, Elton John to make a television 'Spectacle'
* Fremantle to distribute content from Travel Channel at MipTV
* AOL launches new application for mobile users
* Documentary pitching in a new age
( 5 Apr 2008 )
* E-education can drive IPTV in India
* IPL winner to take home Rs 48 million
* Star Plus launches reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar
* Trai to submit views on foreign investment cap in broadcasting sector by month-end
* Sony to launch 'Power of 10' in June with Salman Khan as host
* NewsX to be available on Tata Sky from 14 April
* Indiagames to distribute PopCap's key titles in India
* Disney consumer products launches Mplayer
* Curb crimes against media professionals: IPDC
* Haroon Lorgat is ICC CEO
* IBN-Lokmat soft launches, commercial launch on 6 April
( 4 Apr 2008 )
* Dish TV plans to raise Rs 7 bn via equity, crosses 3 mn subscribers
* World Newspaper Congress to focus on multimedia opportunities
* Denmark's Ramboll group acquires IMIsoft
* Hogenakkal issue: Kannada activists permit broadcast of Tamil channels in Karnataka
* Google to sell search marketing unit Performics
* Disney, Stan Lee join hands for 3 film projects
* IPL franchisees to sign MCC spirit of cricket declaration
* Vh1 to launch mobile game on The Flavor of Love
* Essel group launches entertainment portal mypopkorn.com
* MIB meeting on Cas extension postponed to 8 April
( 3 Apr 2008 )
* Zee sews 3-year distribution deal with Ten Sports
* CN, Pogo bank on movies for sticky viewing
* Big FM appoints Rohit Dhar as regional director, East
* UTV’s biz news channel in content pact with ABC News
* Raj TV ties up with Astro for launch in Malaysia
* Hallmark Movie Channel HD to use Cisco transcoding technology
* Eurosport extends distribution to Singapore with Starhub
* Sony Pictures Television to release six mobile games in 2008
* Shirley Maclaine, Sam Neill to lend star presence at MipTV
* YTV commissions 'Survivorman Kids' to 9 Story Ent
* SunTV’s SFM to launch in Mysore on 3 April
* Granada to showcase new content at MipTV 2008
* Fox launches mobile entertainment portal
* Nat Geo acquires travel show 'Departures'
* AFP adds video to 2008 Beijing Olympics, Euro coverage
* Mohit Anand to join Channel [V] as head
* Hathway will have to restrict Neo signals to Cas areas: Tdsat
* Triveni to launch lifestyle channel VOI Millionaire
( 2 Apr 2008 )
* Disney acquires ‘Zoo Mix’ from Neptuno Films
* BenQ launches new projector for short-range projection
* Comedian Finnegan to host MI6 awards in San Francisco
* Real Image enhances technology to track down piracy in cinema theatres
* Real Estate TV to invest Rs 500 million in first year
* Ashok Venkatramani joins MCCS as CEO
* Murdoch to up stake in German broadcaster Premiere AG
* Former Disney executive launches Global Wonders
* Disney organises preschooler shows
* Watching porn in private not an offence under IPC: Karnataka HC
* Total Sports Entertainment Asia MD Navneet Sharma quits
( 1 Apr 2008 )
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