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Headlines in the month of January
 
*TV18 Q3 net profit up 42 % at Rs 208 million
*Network 18 Q3 net profit Rs 270 million
* Kothari "Habitat / NGC "Young Visionary of the Year"
* UTV Q3 net profit up 1055 % at Rs 231 million
* Sify launches web security service MSS
*Devashish Sarkar quits BBC-Times JV
*Global Broadcast News Q3 net up at Rs 17.8 million
* Funskool calls for votes for Mumbai to be on new Monopoly game
* Slew of media FDI proposals cleared; UTV gets government nod to raise Rs 4 billion
* Firangi to launch on 25 February; unveils logo
* Neo Sports CEO Shashi Kalathil resigns'
*Comcast's Asian American channel AZN TV shutting in April
*CNBC-TV18 focuses on South India with 'Up South'
* B.A.G Films Q3 net profit up 48 % at Rs 19 million
*Nick brings special contest for kids this Valentine's day
*Turner, Outblaze partner to create TurnOut to leverage popular CN brands
* Big 92.7 FM launches in Thiruvananthapuram
(31 Jan 2008 )
*Distorting face of child victims on TV is meaningless
*Disney to air 'Phineas and Ferb' throughout Feb
* Trai rules out 'must carry' on DTH, recommends STB interoperability
* Brown Johnson to head animation at Nick, MTVN Kids & Family Group
* WGA strike impacts viewership patterns, prime time choice
*SPTI in mobile Vod licensing deal with SK Telecom
*BBC radio now available on Bangladesh's bdnews24.com
* Taj Television launches its second studio in Dubai
* Thomson Corp acquires TaxStream
* NDS Q2 revenue up 30 per cent to $214.9 million
* MySpace to launch developer platform
*Geodesic in deal with ioWorld to offer radioio on Mundu
*Elisabeth Murdoch to deliver keynote speech at MipTV
* Mauro Montanaro joins Jamba as CEO
*IFC, Lionsgate forge 70-film TV licensing deal
*Archery TV launches on YouTube
* CNN-IBN awards RK Laxman, E Sreedharan
(30 Jan 2008 )
* WWIL incurs Rs 31.6 million Q3 operating loss
*Zeel Q3 net up 18.4 % at Rs 1.13 billion
*Ibibo ties with Zee News for budget-based reality show
* CNN appoints Reza Sayah as intl correspondent, Pakistan
* Sab announces new reality show 'Acting Ki Funshala'
* Radio Mirchi launches in Thiruvananthapuram
* Turner to manage licensing rights for HIT's preschool shows
*Nimbus elevates Digvijay Singh to CEO
*NDTV Metro Nation Chennai to launch by mid-year
* NDTV Labs wins C'wealth innovative engineering award
*MGM bags syndication rights to 'Ron Hazelton's HouseCalls'
*DishTV launches car DTC antenna in 3 states
* Zipazap.com to get Veveo's web video discovery service
(29 Jan 2008 )
* NewsX announces Vir Sanghvi's departure
* VSNL, Yash Raj to premiere 'Chak De India' on web
*Sun TV's S FM to launch in Kanpur
* Alfred Haber announces launch of 'Most Daring' at Natpe
*Triveni ropes in Ravishankar, Alok Verma, S Iyer, Jaideep Goswami
*Amrita TV announces winners of 'Best Actor'
* New realty channel Property TV targets March launch
* Super Bowl attracts 93 mn viewers in 2007: report
* BBC, ITV to share coverage of Euro 2008
* 'The Office,' 'The Sopranos' triumph at Sag awards
*Public TV educates America far beyond the broadcast: study
*ETC fixes date for amalgamation with ZILS
* MGM to showacse comedies, sci-fi shows, films at Natpe
*200 companies confirm presence for Amazia trade event
*Set-Discovery's Gurjeev Singh to head Den-Star
* BBC launches content sharing application for children
(28 Jan 2008 )
* Zee News Q3 operating revenue up 38.6 % at Rs 955 million
*Padm Shri for Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Dua
*TCS-SPE sign service-oriented architecture agreement
* Media coverage of child abuse: child rights panel consulted
* India TV CEO Chintamani Rao quits
* DishTV subscriber base at 2.7 million
* Jump Games ties up with Manchester United
*Disney Channel's 'My School Rocks' winners to star in 'High School Musical 2' song
*DishTV to access retail market in new alliance with Future Group
* F-Secure ties up with Sony Ericsson on mobile security
*Vir Sanghvi quits INX, to announce new news channel 'very soon'
*'Lost Book of Nostradamus' on History Channel
* Sony to offer Interactive World Cup on PlayStation 3
(25 Jan 2008 )
* Tax abatement on computer, TV equipment ahead of budget
* Cartoon Network hires Nick's Pitt
* Cable operator arrested for pirating Neo Sports signals
*IPL franchise rights bidder winners announced
* 70 mn consumers will have either HD or satellite radio
* Overseas visitors outnumber home audience for UK media
* NDTV embarks on world cinema adventure with NDTV Lumiere
* MGM inks distribution deal with Verizon Fios TV
*Last.fm launches global free-on-demand music platform
*IOC, UN to co-operate further
* BBC reaches agreement with British trade unions
*Raj TV to launch Hindi entertainment and English news channel
(24 Jan 2008 )
* Two FM stations hit airwaves
* Disney inaugurates Dreamers Academy
*Big FM commences podcast of Hyderabad shows
*Sab announces new prime time show 'Bhago KK Aya'
* Rajat Sharma's INS offloads 20% for Rs 1 bn.
* Ten Sports to telecast world horseracing action
* Disney to launch mobile service in Japan in March
* Zee Cinema announces slot for dubbed Hollywood flicks
*Trai recos on mobile TV: Broadcasters mull legal challenge
* AXN calls for entries for 'Amazing Race Asia 3'
* IBN Lokmat to launch by March; TG 'aspirational' audience
* Alan Johnston to host BBC's 'From Our Own Correspondent'
* Star launches second Chinese movie channel
*NBC orders pilot for BBC show 'Top Gear'
*Nokia targets emerging markets with new handsets
* Times Now business channel sibling to launch in 2008 2nd half
(23 Jan 2008 )
* Media scrips hit badly in stock market meltdown
*Kreeda Games signs deal with NDTV Imagine's 'Nachle Ve'
*Neo Sports Plus inks broadcasting rights deal with PGA Tour
* Vijay TV premieres 'Kalakkapovadhu Yaaru - 4'
* Hungama signs mobile & online content deal with FTV
* Discovery launches HDTV series on countries
* Maa TV to capture viewers with emotional drama 'Shailu'
*Jetix organises sports day in Hyderabad
*NBC Universal to take 26 % stake in NDTV Networks
(22 Jan 2008 )
* Kalaignar TV launches Tamil music channel Isai Aruvi
* GBN gets FIPB nod for 26% FDI
* My FM stakes presence in new media territory
*Hungama TV searches for 'Sabse Bada Pyjama' in Mumbai
* Pragya's new series on reformed criminals to go to jails
* WWE goes HD in the US
* Kalam, Dalai Lama chief guests at Chandra's GFCH India
*Fremantle announces intl musical talent for The Brits 2008
*Graphiti Multimedia to produce Xtreme Shorts featuring Fido Dido
* Nick's SpongeBob participates in Mumbai Marathon
* Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer planning JV
* Monsoon launches HAVA HD video streamer
* 'Inspirational quality' key USP of CNN IBN awards: Sardesai
*Sun TV to launch kids channels in Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam
*Thompson calls for dialogue to restore trust in UK public life
* Bharti Airtel, IBM sign an additional $150 mn agreement
(21 Jan 2008 )
* IPL franchise rights bidder numbers reportedly spiralling
* Hyderabad to be first digital entertainment city of India
* Nick, Paramount Pictures to release 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' on 14 Feb
*Right wing religious outfit ransacks NDTV's office in Ahmedabad
*FIPB clears B.A.G Films' FDI proposal
* Ex Disney CIO Tony Scott to run Microsoft global IT ops
(19 Jan 2008 )
* TV18 calls EGM to allot 10 million convertible warrants
* RCS India extends radio monitoring services to Surat
* HT media 2007-08 Q3 net up 10 %
* 3 'Cs' lord over politics on news channels
* Trai puts a la carte rates on its website
* Sony Computer Ent. Europe brings Buzz to India
*Sun TV's S FM launches at Rajabmundry
*Clips from Cartoon Network to be available on Vringo
* Star World premieres Heroes' season 2
(18 Jan 2008 )
* MSO Sea TV Network files IPO red herring
* NDTV declares standalone revenues up 33% YoY
* Press Council reconstitutes in its tenth term
* Indian Soldier NDTV Indian of Year, Pachauri Global Indian
* Zee Turner conducts raids to fight cable piracy
* Nick, Corus Ent sign content distribution rights deal
* New label Swiss Music launches; plans to invest Rs 60 mn
* BBC World, Ministry of Tourism to host Spirit of Golf 2008
* Haber announces international sales for SAG Awards
* India TV elevates Rohit Bansal to COO
*Sun Microsystems to acquire MySQL for $1 bn
*DD One to show series on women's empowerment
* Sanju Saha quits Star News, to join Pepsi
(17 Jan 2008 )
* Big FM Chennai re-positions as Tamilian's Pride station
* NDTV Imagine readies for Monday debut
* Jap pubcaster NHK to receive Green World Award at MipTV
* Oprah gets her OWN network via Discovery Comm deal
* Give mobile TV only on 3G, do not favour telcos: Zee
* T20 final world's 10th most watched TV sports event
* Virgin Comics launches series based on 'Panchatantra'
* Trai to review FTA rev share formula in Cas areas: Tdsat
* Toonz Animation's 'Dragonlance' releases in US
* Sun TV's S FM launches in Tiruchy
* Sabeer Bhatia launches audio conferencing facility site
* IOL Br'dband is IOL Netcom; gets A category ISP license
* Huge jump in online gaming numbers: Indiagames study
*Dish TV moots TV on trains plan to railways
*Home Box Office takes majority in Asian JV
* NDTV Imagine debut will see spate of new show launches
(16 Jan 2008 )
* Zee TV gets landing rights in China
* NDTV to telecast DD-supported documentaries
* MySpace signs deal regarding social networking safety
* Nat Geo launches quiz show with Lufthansa as partner
* Rob Gilby appointed MD, Disney-ABC International Television Asia-Pacific
* The Weather Channel ties up with earthTV
* US-based Bollywood Group to foray into TV production
* Hello FM launches in Tiruchirappalli
*AXN premieres 'The Contender Asia'
*A la carte rates tariff order: Tdsat refuses to grant stay
(15 Jan 2008 )
* NDTV to announce Indian of the Year awards
* Radio Mirchi launches in Raipur
* Pragya launches serial on old age home
* Cable operators can carry TV channels awaiting clearance
* Balaji Telefilms to foray into nonfiction
* Star World to kick start 7th season of 'American Idol'
* Star India, Den form JV to distribute channels in India
* Dreamworks, Thomson in pact for animation capabilities
* Disney Home, Rug Market sign merchandise deal
* HFPA announces Golden Globe winners
* Content platforms, electronic advances shine at CES
* Rediff releases micro sitcom 'Ram & Ria' on Rediff iShare
* BBC invites audience to help create interactive drama
*Sony-WSG joint bid wins IPL rights for $1 billion+
*Vir Sanghvi exiting INX News
(14 Jan 2008 )
* News broadcasters look to finalise content code before month-end
* Social networking sites slow, inaccessible: WatchMouse
* Samsung looks to redefine HDTV experience
* Becil conditionally clears Cas implementation
* MySpace launches celebrity site MySpace Celebrity
* Firangi inks deal with Globo TV; schedules Feb launch
* Disney ABC signs a VOD deal with Gogeco Cable
* US consumer electronics sales to reach $171 bn this year
* Cry to use Mumbai Marathon to campaign on free child education
* BBC takes issue with criticism from Afghan govt
*UK soccer club Arsenal to launch TV channel on 14 January
*Al Jazeera English in partnership with Hong Kong Cable
(12 Jan 2008 )
* Sakaal group launches intl journal India & Global Affairs
* India Today publishing director Pavan Varshnei quits
* Prime Focus completes post production for 'Tales of Riverbank'
* I&B again puts off FM Phase II bidding
* Lilliput wins Reid & Taylor Retail Excellence Award in kidswear
* BBC launches two new shows for FM
*Nick to air 'Dibo the Gift Dragon' in Nick Junior slot
*Mobile Magic launches offline content platform
(11 Jan 2008 )
* Force 1 India all set to roar; driver line up unveiled
* BenQ launches new range of projectors in Indian market
* Rajesh Jathar joins B.A.G Films and Media's News 24
* Ficci calls for strong steps to curb counterfeiting & piracy
* F-Secure, Symantec confirm first iPhone Trojon
* Govt removes cap on access service providers in any area
* Reebok, Zoom partner for Glam Awards
* Euro Multivision files prospectus for IPO
* Motorola acquires Soundbuzz, plans Motomusic in India
*Hyundai i10 is 'Car of the Year' at CNBC-TV18 Auto Awards
*Disney Publishing to launch 8 Disney storybooks in Indian languages
(10 Jan 2008 )
* UTV launches music label, to partner with Sony BMG
* Neeraj Roy elected vice chairman of Mobile Ent. Forum
* Trai must be transparent on a la carte Order: MSOs
* Govt to appoint private players to collect ent. duty: report
* Intl broadcasters condemn rising threats to media freedom
* Billion dollar digital media industry targeting US kids inspires concern, optimism
*Comcast unveils Project Infinity at 2008 CES
*Attenborough concludes 'Life in Cold Blood' on BBC One
( 9 Jan 2008 )
* Ovation TV acquires Universal music group's IMF
* Sony Pictures Television launches YouTube channels
* News Corp takes 14.6 % stake in pay-TV operator Premiere
* UTV targets 23 January for World Movies channel launch
*Bindass to launch Hass Ley India Comedy Gang War Contest
* South Asia 2007: bloodiest and most difficult for journalists
* MIB considering Cas extension, stresses on Content Code
* Truveo predicts 1 billion searchable online videos by 2009
* WatchIndia.tv offers stand-alone channel subscriptions
*Disney Hollywood Studios formally announces name change
*Trai boost to FM: 700+ licenses in 260+ cities recommended
( 8 Jan 2008 )
* Beijing Olympics to draw 1 billion live audience: report
* Zee pays tribute to India's first freedom fighters
* Toshiba defiant after Warner backs Blu-ray HD format
* Trai to study broadcasters' à la carte offers, to act on complaints
* Sony launches new products, announces biz alliances
* Zee Marathi now available on WatchIndia.tv
*SatLink Comm launches TV Canção Nova on Asiasat 2
* NDTV Convergence to organise India Financial Summit
* MSOs to challenge ‘deceitful’ à la carte offer conditionalities
* Micros't Mediaroom delivers connected TV to 1 mn STBs
* Kohinoor Broadcasting to launch TV channel in UK
* IBF defends broadcasters' right to get SLRs verified
* IAMAI announces India Digital Summit 2008
*I&B Ministry simplifies shooting for foreign units
* Recording Academy, CBS Interactive, Youtube team up
* Bill Gates looks ahead at the 'Next Digital Decade'
* Media, industry magnate Chandrashekhar to head FICCI
* Disney, ABC, MGM shows to be available on Xbox 360
*European Comm adopts strategy for online content
*Bigadda.com asserts high popularity among Indian users
( 7 Jan 2008 )
* SMS, e-commerce cut into postal earnings: ASSOCHAM
* Cartoon Network to air 'Johnny Test'
* Sony BMG to sell music through Amazon MP3
* Warner Bros to release only Blu-Ray HD DVDs
* Fotocorp News Photo Agency revamps website
*Citigroup's You Telecom floats subsidiary for cable TV
* WWE teams with Brazil's SBT for TV deal
* WGA reiterates plan to picket Golden Globe Awards
* Tokyo ramps up activity for 2016 Olympics bid
* Pakistan's Aaj TV joins Pehla lineup
*Gameshows return with a bang in 2007: Fremantle study
*Crown Media, NICC settle equity issues
( 5 Jan 2008 )
* Technicolor appoints Maycock as MD for Bangkok facility
* AIFF-Bharti to set up football academy in Goa
* Trai calls for no change in FDI cap on IPTV providers
* CBBC, BBC One to air Toonz Animation's 'Freefonix'
* Sun moves Tdsat against Trai's a la carte pricing for non-Cas areas
* Mark Hollinger becomes Discovery COO
* Worldspace satellite radio secures $40 mn financing facility
* Ramayan to come back in new avtar on NDTV Imagine
* Landmark Communication's The Weather chnnl is up for sale
* Monster India launches job search on mobile platform
*Fox promotes Rohit D'silva to GM
*MAIT to hold conference on broadband & wireless tech
( 4 Jan 2008 )
* Gatorade Pacers 2008 to kick off on 4 Jan
* 9X to create afternoon band with 3 shows
* Vijay TV to launch Garnier Fructis Vijay Jodi No.1
* Trai recommends 74% FDI cap on mobile TV
* Nicktoons Network to debut 'Ricky Sprocket - Showbiz Boy'
* Synovate appoints Hans as global head of Decision Systems
* CinemaNow inks deal with Macrovision
* Netflix partners with LG to offer STB for movie watchers
* Saddam is Yahoo!'s most searched news figure of 2007
* ESS acquires mobile rights of Indo-Australia cricket
*SC rejects Star's appeal against Trai's authority
*Gaurav Seth quits ICL to join VGCS as business head
( 3 Jan 2008 )
* Broadcasters file a la carte rates with Trai
* Hughes to connect 1300 SBI branches
* History Chnnl to air Indo-Aussie cricket history in Face Off
* Trai for speedy release of spectrum to spread broadband
* Junk Food ads targeted towards kids banned in UK
* Big FM launches in Jodhpur
* WGA reaches pact with David Letterman's Worldwide Pants
* NAB opens up entries for 2008 broadcasting awards
* Hungama Mobile, Friend Media tie up to curb online piracy
* China offers copyright music to mobile users
*Service providers must state exact broadband speed: Trai
*South Korea passes IPTV bill
( 2 Jan 2008 )
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