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Headlines in the month of July
 
* Colors opens on strong note with 81 GRPs
* Adlabs Q1 revenue up at Rs 2.5 bn; Big FM fetches Rs 510 mn
* TV Today approves buyback plans
* Rupert Murdoch meets PM & Sonia Gandhi, discusses FDI hike in media biz
* Discovery to launch 3 channels in India by Q1 2009
* Singapore govt to support interactive digital media startups
* DD, DD Sports to telecast Beijing Olympics live
* IAAF extends TV rights deal in Brazil and New Zealand
* Harris to supply broadcast equipment for Beijing Olympics
* SPTI in distribution deal with Zac Toons
* Actor Freddie Prinze Jr joins WWE
* Eutelsat's revenue up 5.9% for FY'08
* Borkent is Nickelodeon head of acquisition & programming
* Ofcom fines BBC for unfair conduct of viewer and listener competitions
( 31 July 2008 )
* Red FM to celebrate third anniversary of its morning show
* Rupert Murdoch visits India, Delhi is first stop
* NDTV Q1 net at Rs 20.8 million
* CNBC TV18 to launch special sports series Olympic Effort
* Fremantle unveils 10 new shows for sale globally
* Champions Twenty20: BCCI fixes TV rights floor price at $750 mn
* CN to air All Star Laff- A- Lympics from 4 August
* MySpace launches Indihub for three metros in India
* Zeel decides not to buy back shares
* Cablevision acquires 97 per cent of Newsday for $650 mn
* Sify to install Redmax networks in five cities
* Eisner’s Tornante to produce TV series on Nick At Nite
* Dentsu launches animation division in US
* NDTV to invest $150 million in media infrastructure company
* Viacom 2Q revenue up 21 per cent to $3.86 bn
* Rajiv Lulla is NDTV MetroNation CEO
( 30 July 2008 )
* ENIL Q1 net loss at Rs 79.99 million
* Balaji Telefilms Q1 net up 20.7% at Rs 222.57 million
* TV18 Q1 net loss at Rs 85.55 million
* UTV to buy 2 US-based new media companies for $30 million
* Toshiba to cease mobile digital satellite broadcasting
* Zee Business joins International Bikex India for foray into biz trade shows
* MGM to launch This TV Network
* BBC World News to air second season of The Real Cities from 30 August
* Consumer electronics in US to garner $173 bn in 2008
* UTV Q1 net up at Rs 251 million
* Geodesic inks deal with Medion AG to provide Mundu IM service
* Short form content dominates online video viewing: Study
* Seagate in deal with NBC for Olympic coverage
* Nick announces Monsoon fest for August
* Sun TV Q1 net at Rs 1 billion
* Lionsgate firms up 5-year $340 mn credit facility
* CBS launches online HD gallery
( 29 July 2008 )
* Manav Dhanda to head Big Broadcasting's kids channel
* IBN18 Q1 net loss at Rs 93.4 million
* Dish TV Q1 net loss at Rs 1.25 billion
* inetCore Solutions partners Tata teleservices for SMS alert service
* Marcus Wolter is Endemol Germany MD
* Star Gold lines up mythological films in August
* Sag board backs negotiators demands over new media
* Nick declares winners of Nick Fundoo Superstars
* DD's Kalyani wins 'News Show of the Year' award
* ICL launches training camp for forthcoming season
* History Channel launches series on Indian heritage sites
* Getty Images is official photographic agency for Beijing Olympics
* Ayesha Mohideen is BBC head of knowledge multiplatform commissioning
* Big FM elevates Nirupam Sonu to VP programming
* NDTV Good Times launches on Sri Lanka's Dialog TV
( 28 July 2008 )
* Zeel rises on movie and buyback plans
* 6.4% NDTV shares pledged
* BenQ unveils slim 24-inch widescreen LCD monitor
* bbc.co.uk spends £110 million in 2007-08
* Al Jazeera English is now available in Spain
* India, China to see fastest growth in pay TV: Study
* Nat Geo bags rights for Monkey Thieves series
* MGM Channel to be carried on Vodafone in Germany
* Pakistan to host Champions Trophy
* Discovery CEO David Zaslav to deliver Mipcom Green TV keynote
* BBC Worldwide in licensing deal with VTech for 'In The Night Garden'
( 26 July 2008 )
* BBC Worldwide opens production outfit in France
* DTH operators to submit quarterly performance report: Trai
* Music India to show Punjabi news for UK viewers
* Zoom to launch reality show Bollywood Club
* UTV to fortify new media biz
* Online casual gaming emotionally, physically engaging: MTV Study
* Sab to launch comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
* India adds 8.94 million wireless subscribers in June: Trai
* ICL launches youth mobilisation initiative
* Thomson Reuters plans to launch biz news channel
* CN to launch massively multiplayer online game
* Trai sends cable TV restructuring draft to MIB
* Clear Channel shareholders approve $17.9 bn buyout
( 25 July 2008 )
* Tdsat allows Tata Sky to offer ESPN channels on a la carte basis
* Zee News Q1 net up 49.9 % at Rs 95 million
* WWIL Q1 net loss at Rs 183 million
* Intel to invest $17 mn in three Indian companies
* NDTV Profit to launch CEO Exchange show
* Gametap partners with THQ
* SingTel in deal with major US studios
* Joost, Tom Group form JV in China
* BPL Mobile launches BPL Mobile @Café
* Pogo to launch Hole in the Wall on 28 July
* BBC’s sitcom The Office travels to Russia
* NDTV 24x7 to cover 'Uncommon Ground' on 27 July
* RAPL launches live cricket gaming portal criccontest.com
( 24 July 2008 )
* Big FM in 'Adda' mood to capture Kolkata
* Nickelodeon signs content deal with Dailymotion
* Mithun strikes alliance between Royal Bengal Tigers and Howrah Union Club
* Tata Sky, BharatMatrimony partners to offer Actve Matrimony service
* Zeel Q1 net profit up 98% at Rs 1.61 billion
* Zee News Ltd has Rs 2 bn investment plan, to add Telugu news channel
* Online viewing drives more audiences to network TV in the US
* Ten Sports signs syndication deals with Zee International
* Tivo teams up with Amazon for on-screen product purchasing
* SPE Asia launches English GEC on Now TV
* Walt Disney, ERT conclude free TV content agreement
* Badhniwalla is Mauj Mobile consumer marketing head
* Boeing delivers fourth HDTV satellite to DirecTV
* Roly Keating is BBC director of archive content
( 23 July 2008 )
* BBC Global News to launch multi-media US08 Election bus tour
* Dish TV partners Shaadi.com for Shaadi Active service
* Trai issues notice to ESPN over DTH pricing
* Sun TV’s SFM launches in Pune
* Zee TV to launch mafia don fiction on 28 July
* Ten Sports announces line up experts for Straight Drive
* BIGFlix.com bags broadband rights for Shemaroo’s ‘Shilpa’s Yoga’ DVD
* Jetix launches Jetix Premier League
* MTVNI signs content deal with Yoyo TV
( 22 July 2008 )
* Star Plus to launch reality show Aajaa Mahi Vay
* Zee Entertainment Enterprises plans to buyback shares
* Colors to launch Bigg Boss 2 on 18 August
* Carl Icahn joins Yahoo! board
* Greycells acquires 26% stake in Access Atlantech Edutainment
* 9X to launch series on Indira Gandhi
* Star India ropes in Viaccess to encrypt its upcoming channels
* Danielle Nagler to head BBC HD
* Verizon partners Disney Channel to offer multi-platform game experience
* ESS pockets broadcast rights for next Olympics
* Avid grows list of clients
* Sony unveils 16.4- inch wide multimedia notebook
* Erik Huggers is BBC Future Media and Technology director
( 21 July 2008 )
* Videocon to launch DTH by October-end; plans to invest Rs 10 bn in 2 years
* Tdsat directs Star Den, MSM Discovery to produce relevant documents in HITS case
* Zee Turner blacks out Incablenet in Mumbai
* 'Damages', 'Dexter', 'Mad Men' among first time Emmy nominees
* NBA condemns attack on media in Ahmedabad
* Youtube arrives to the boobtube through deal with Tivo
* Starhub to showcase Olympic Games on six channels
* MTV launches online soundtrack guide
* Mipcom 2008 to focus on Spanish audiovisual industry
* Maa TV to launch Jeevana Tarangalu from 21 July
* IPLT20.com is 4th most visited sports site on mobile: Study
* CNN unveils plans for Olympics coverage
* Broadcasting is going through a period of change: BBC Trust chairman Lyons
* Nickelodeon Arabia to step foot in Middle East from 23 July
* Suneet Tandon takes over as Lok Sabha TV CEO
( 19 July 2008 )
* NewsX ties up with The Economist for weekend show
* ETC Networks Q1 operating profit up at Rs 26 million
* Delhi High Court restrains operators from showing Ten Sports
* Toei Animation launches online downloads for hit animated series
* Prabhat Khabar forays into FM radio with launch of Radio Dhoom
* Mumbai cable operator Ganesh Naidu stabbed
* Eros signs two-year MG output deal with Hungama Mobile
( 18 July 2008 )
* Trai examines ESPN reply on fee for DTH operators
* Tdsat asks RCV, Channel Plus to settle discord amicably
* Bender media seals Jetix deal for Wolverine & the X-Men
* Vijay TV’s Jodi No. 1 Season 3 to air from 18 July
* DTL takes viewers on odyssey into the world of cheese
* China Netcom selects Tektronix for Olympics
* Starhub to add HD channels
* MySpace launches Asian applications competition TheGame08
( 17 July 2008 )
* NDTV promoters sell 6% stake for Rs 1.7 billion
* Sony India to invest Rs 600 million in Bravia LCD biz
* BBC World Service to syndicate shows to community radio in Chandigarh
* CN partners NBA for Ben 10 brand initiatives
* Comcast in tie up with Warner for 'The Dark Knight'
* Discovery Asia Pacific launches HD channel on Australia's Foxtel
* Barnett is Disney-ABC-ESPN VP sports channels EMEA
* Natasha Bedingfield partners LG for VH1 Save The Music Foundation
* Tdsat asks Sun Direct, One Alliance to settle discord amicably
* Jyotsna Viriyala is India VP programming of Star World and Star Movies
* Xbox 360 Console offers more storage space
* NDTV Imagine to launch Mahima Shani Dev Ki from 26 July
* Eurosport launches HD in UK on Sky platform
* Paramount films to be available on Jaman.com
* Kathleen Syron is Starhub content head
* BBC Entertainment, CBeebies to launch in Latin America
* Bet Networks, Marvel Animation unveil 'The Black Panther'
( 16 July 2008 )
* Cartoon network to launch Samsher Sikander Chuddie Buddie on 21 July
* Xbox strikes deal with Netflix
* Top Up TV adds Warner TV VoD service
* Digicable selects Latens for conditional access solution
* Rahul Shaw is INX News SVP ad sales
* Trai recommends separate licence for cable TV operators
* 50 mn Japanese tune in to FIVB International Volleyball Finals
* News Corp sells eight TV channels for $1.1 billion
* Euro 2008's big draw clocks 2.09 TVR
* Aksh Optifibre to deploy UTStarcom’s IPTV solution
* State-owned Arasu Cable launches service in Tami Nadu
( 15 July 2008 )
* 9X to launch second season of Remote Control; plans three new shows
* Ten Sports' tussle over Sri Lanka telecast rights yet to be resolved
* Napster debuts web's first co-branded Disney radio station
* MIB issues show cause notice to Bharti Telemedia
* Darshan joins Deccan Chargers as VP commercial operations
* Panasonic launches 2008 Viera plasma and LCD TVs
* Salman Khan takes Sony to 3rd spot
* Scientific Atlanta expands platform for interactive cable
* Yahoo! introduces open web services platform Boss
* Philippine justice department rejects reconsideration plea of alleged cable pirate
* Amrita TV to launch second season of Best Citizen Journalist
* James Murdoch overtakes father in Guardian's power list
* Yahoo! rejects Microsoft-Icahn joint proposal
* Panasonic introduces third generation Blu-Ray Disc players
* Lords to host ICC annual conference next year
* BBC Worldwide channels are now available in Poland
( 14 July 2008 )
* Vas providers oppose regulation
* Vas at $1.3 bn is growing at 60%
* Euronews launches in Arabic
* Seven acquires 4.8% in Packer's Consolidated Media Holdings
* Nick to launch Nick Main Bhi Kinng contest
* Reji Cherian is Capgemini's TME India leader
* Sag rejects AMPTP's 'final' offer
* Oppenheimer Funds ups stake in Zeel to 8.06% via market purchase
* BBC secures exclusive MotoGP coverage till 2013
* BBC Worldwide, Babelgum sign global content deal
* Turner, Yahoo! ink content ad deal
* BBC strengthens drama production team
( 12 July 2008 )
* Trai gives nod to base price hike for 3G auction
* MRTPC reserves judgement on Dish TV-Tata Sky case
* 9X to launch new version of Chak De
* Trai issues recommendations on allocation and pricing of spectrum for 3G and broadband wireless services
* Rat-ings race on News TV
* CNN-IBN to launch The Weekend Edition with Rajdeep Sardesai
* CN partners Crisp Thinking to guide children during 'FusionFall'
* Redstone in talks to buy out daughter’s shares
* Star Chinese Movies 2 to launch on now TV in Hong Kong
* Sab appoints Harjeet Chabbra as marketing head
* Vivendi, Activision form Activision Blizzard
( 11 July 2008 )
* Radio One, International Traffic Network tie up to provide traffic update
* My FM to celebrate world population day
* India's Valuable Group acquires Disney founded MovieBeam
* Aftra ratifies primetime TV contract with AMPTP
* Disney Music signs Universal Music as licensee in Asia
* Music India to launch India's first Bhojpuri music channel
* BBC Worldwide FY 08 operating profit up 17 % at £117.7 million
* RRsat partners WatchIndia for internet distribution of Indian TV channels
* Guruji.com launches search engine for music
* TV dominates viewing in America: Nielsen
* Walt Disney to promote High School Musical 3 from 13 July
* Star Gold to air Jackie Chan film festival from 13 July
* Filmy biz head Shailesh Kapoor quits
( 10 July 2008 )
* Dish TV to take on Sun Direct, drops rates in South India
* Nick to serve Olympic-themed episodes on animated shows
* BBC World Service weekly audiences in India grow by one million
* NBC Universal unveils coverage plans for Olympics
* IOC awards TV rights to SABC & AUB in Sub-Saharan Africa
* 7Seas Technologies launches seven 3D mobile games
* Bryan Perez is NBA Digital senior VP
* Manajit Ghosal is Mid Day Infomedia CEO
* Star Voice of India to launch on 18 July
* ICC to pump in $300 mn for global spread of cricket
* AXN's 'eBuzz' to wear Bollywood garb for Indian viewers
( 9 July 2008 )
* Muthoot Group launches talk format FM station Chennai Live
* Homeshop18 receives $21 million funding support
* Fremantle fixes guests for Elvis Costello show
* Youtube CEO to open Mipcom’s broadband video summit
* MGM HD makes senior level appointments
* Yahoo, Microsoft to resume talks
* Punit Goenka replaces Pradeep Guha as Zeel CEO
* BBC to launch its first world news hub
* Endemol appoints Valkin as digital media global head
* NDTV Convergence appoints Arunava Sinha as chief product officer
* CBBC, Twofour launch social networking site for kids
* Tdsat asks Ortel to provide subscriber data in Sun TV case
( 8 July 2008 )
* NDTV promoters buy 20.28% for Rs 5.57 bn, up stake to 71.38%
* Vivendi to release mobile game around 'The Bourne Conspiracy'
* Terra gets internet and mobile broadcast rights for Olympics in Latin America
* Dasmunsi to be discharged in two days
* Playspan CEO to address Edinburgh Interactive Festival
* Disney channel to start ‘Talk Out Loud’ initiative on 12 July
* Cartoon Network to launch Capeta on 14 July
* NBC to buy Weather Channel for $3.5 bn
* Colors signs deal with Eros for 16 movies
* World Movies acquires rights to Steven Soderbergh's 'Che'
* Karen Mok to host MTV Asia Awards 2008
* BBC to celebrate life and work of Charles Darwin
* Sony to launch fantasy series Arslaan on 13 July
( 7 July 2008 )
* ESS, Arab Digital ink deal for ICC events
* Big FM to celebrate monsoon with celebrities in Big Chai
* STBs in Cas areas see 6% growth
* IAMAI seeks level playing field between telcos and MVas players
* Sahara to launch regional channels; Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Marathi in the list
* Krishnaswamy's 'Indian Imprints' explores India across South Asia
* Bhushan Khot is Zee 24 Taas biz head
* Pogo lines up movies & shows for weekends
* Google ordered to show Youtube data to Viacom
* Clive Lloyd is ICC Cricket Committee chairman
* Warner Bros TV realigns production team; elevates Paul to EVP
* Graphiti School rolls out PG course in animation
* Sami al Haj is Al Jazeera news producer
( 5 July 2008 )
* Reliance’s Big TV appoints Arun Kapoor as president
* AXN to air Action Awards on 6 July
* Yahoo! to launch new site and products for Olympics
* BSkyB eyes Spain’s Digital+ for $4 billion
* Senthil is elevated to TV18 Biz Media prez & group editorial director; Udayan is made CNBC-TV18 managing editor
* CN & Pogo marketing head Bikram Duggal quits
* Zee Marathi premieres Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs on 7 July
* NDTV India appoints Sameer Kapoor as CEO
* Jetix unveils content line-up for July
* Nick to air The legend of the Monkey King on 6 July
( 4 July 2008 )
* Post IPL, SRK’s Paanchvi Pass fails to get a boost
* Cartoon Network New Media launches Mini Match
* US prefers consuming content on TV than online: Nielsen
* Cablevision to add 15 HD channels
* Tivo ties up with Seven Media Group to launch in Australia
* Electronic Arts, Capcom team up to distribute Devil May Cry 4 game in Asia
* Indian cellular services market to cross $37 bn by 2012: Gartner
* Sony to launch dance-based reality show on 9 July
* Sushma Singh to take over as I&B secretary
* 9X inks deal with MGM for Hindi telecast of Bond films
( 3 July 2008 )
* Tdsat rejects petition seeking intervention between Sun and RCV
* Tata Sky approaches Tdsat over spat with ESPN
* Viacom18's Hindi GEC Colors to launch on 21 July
* Star One’s Zara Nachke Dikha to launch on 14 July
* Ideacts Innovations launches Clink; raises $5 million from Sequoia Capital
* Nimbuzz raises $15 million to develop products
* UTV ties up with Japanese firm to offer channels on IPTV
* Vijay TV to launch reality show in August, Prabhu Dheva is judge
* Star World to premiere reality show 'America's Got Talent'
* Sanjay Jha of PBS Nightly wins Loeb Awardl
* Nokia inks deal with Warner Music Group
* Neo Sports bags telecast rights of Tour de France
* ABC creates online book club for 'Lost'
* Fame announces winners of Fame Reel Kids
* Lionsgate, Comcast in home entertainment distribution deal
* CNN.com streams 116 million online videos in May
* Dish TV appoints Salil Kapoor as COO
* Disney to showcase 'Art Attack', 'Being Ian' this month
* 9X is now available on Dish TV
* ESS bags 2010 football World Cup rights for $44 mn
( 2 July 2008 )
* Fox inks multi-year deals to expand base in Latin America
* Endemol to set foot in Turkey
* IPL website hits 50 million mark
* HBO brings back Entourage with launch of season 3
* Paul Ward joins as MTVN EVP
* NBCU promotes Zigler to head digital division
* WWIL lines up C-band transponders from SES, AsiaSat 4 for HITS
* MTVN relaunches AtomFilms as Atom.com
* Reliance's Big Broadcasting appoints Manavjeet Singh as distribution head
( 1 July 2008 )
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