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Headlines in the month of April
 
* UTV Bindaas rolls out 'Beg, Borrow, Steal'
* Eurosport to pedal with cycling world tour broadcast rights for Asia-Pacific
* Lachlan Murdoch picks up 9% in Prime Media
* Toei Animation and Zaoza launch mobile products in France
* CN's night programming block acquires BBC's 'The office'
* Airtel, Alcatel form managed services JV for broadband & telephone services
* UTV’s broadcast biz takes Rs 282.7 mn loss in FY'09
* Plex issue forces radio stations to change marketing plans
* Trai to issue DTH tariff recommendations within 2 months
* BBC to play a key role in broadband uptake
* Discovery HD on Skycable for Filipino viewers
* Time Warner Q1 revenue falls 7% to $6.9 bn
( 30 April 2009 )
* Channel Guide launches Punjabi TV on Dish Network for US viewers
* Uefa awards SkyPerfecTV with 2009-12 rights in Japan
* Real content head Gitanjali Murari exits
* MGM launches HD channel in Brazil
* Disney launches educational games for kids
* 'Life on Mars' to air on AXN Beyond
* DHX Media's 'The Latest Buzz' has six international takers
* CN's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ends on 3 May
* Aksh Optifibre extends time shift feature to pay channels
* Nat Geo goes mobile
* New ideas form a key part of BBC programming policy
* BBC and radio rivals join forces to digitise radio
* Big TV's 'Express' service to address customer queries
* BCCI opens the door to ICL players
* Star Plus bounces back to No. 1
* Shishir Joshi launches Journalism Mentorship initiative
* IPL ratings hold steady
* Vikram Singh quits Radio City to start own venture
( 29 April 2009 )
* World Cup 2011: India emerges as key host with 29 matches
* Jonas Brothers to host Fox's Teen Choice Awards in August
* NBC, MTV to launch new programming model
* MPA to organise Indonesia Broadcasting Summit on 4 May
* Dish TV eyes Rs 12.5 bn revenue in FY'10
* Time Warner Cable adds Smithsonian channel to its HD platform
* Intelsat 22 Satellite to be launched in 2012
* CN bags broadcast license for Jimmy Two-Shoes in Asia and Australia
* Juan Mayne joins ABC-ESPN Television as VP programme distribution Iberia
* Dish Network revamps senior management team
* UTV Q4 net slumps 51% to Rs 132 million
* Star India EVP Yash Khanna resigns
* Christie TV stitches six figure deal with VBN.tv
* Global pay TV set-top box market to peak in 2012
( 28 April 2009 )
* Astro to pick up stake in Sun's radio subsidiary
* Radio Netherlands ties up with Incablenet to expand reach in India
* Ofcom pulls up Sony TV for product placements on Indian Idol
* Cartoon Network & Pogo to air 9 animated movies under ‘May all mighty’ & ‘May movie magic’
* BBC Afrique launches FM relay in Central African Republic
* Zee Cinema to air Mithun Chakraborty's films in May
* Chad Cohen to anchor Discovery Studios' science production unit
* Tata Sky to cool down summer with interactive services
* NDTV in pact with BT for distribution of 2 channels in US
* GMR may buy Liverpool soccer club
( 27 April 2009 )
* Maran sends legal notice to Jayalalitha
* Zee to launch a Telugu movie channel
* Nick topples CN to become No. 1 in HSM
* Hollywood in a showdown with RealNetworks over DVD piracy tool
* Fortune Star revamps site
* ACT TV selects Verismo for IPTV services
* Insite Digital launches nine online political games
* Adobe to extend Flash platform to digital TV
* T-Series acquires audio rights of Maruti Mera Dosst
* IPL issues public advisory notice regarding trademark
* Dish Network launches Earth Channel
* BBC launches language guide for journalists in Ukrainian
* Orange inks partnership deal with Wikimedia Foundation
* Nina Hahn is elevated to senior VP at Nick
* Arup Ghosh to take legal action against NewsX
* Zapak launches 'The Battle of Brawlers' toys
* Wimax Forum takes place in Singapore next week
* 9 Story Ent. inks three broadcast deals
* ITV’s Niall Sloans to speak at Soccerex London Forum
( 25 April 2009 )
* Star World to premiere fourth season of Lost on 30 April
* New Corp appoints Van Natta as MySpace CEO
* AMD, XFX announces technology partnership
* Cable, IPTV, VoD resistant to economic downturn in the US
* Jade Goody musical to find its star via reality show
* HomeShop18 launches 'Reebok 20:20 Cricket Mania'
* ETC Networks in tough year of topline growth
* Nick, Raell Padamsee help kids to 'Reach for the Stars'
* Arup Ghosh is out of NewsX
* ABC acquires Canadian series Copper
( 24 April 2009 )
* Zee appoints Canis Media to sell radio biz assets in UK
* Daro Films bags 'King of the Camp' TV rights for Eastern Europe, Africa
* Viacom’s BET & MTV join forces to launch new channel
* IPL ratings take a rain wash
* UTV to show The Counterfeiters on 25 April
* Zee News Ltd crosses Rs 5 bn revenue, Q4 net drops
* Raj Thackeray's MNS ties up with Zapak.com
* Dish Networks, ION Television renew pact
* Amazon.com ties up with TiVo for films, TV shows on HD
* ESPN Star Sports renews TV rights for Wimbledon for 6 years
* Turner acquires DQE's TV feature Omkar for India
* MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe to step down
* Star Plus to reach Houston viewers via Comcast's cable
( 23 April 2009 )
* ABC's Pushing Daisies finds new life in DC Comics
* Star Jalsha dethrones Zee Bangla to be top Bengali GEC
* Recession hits Zeel, Q4 net slips 7% on low ad revenue
* The Wanderers in South Africa to host eight IPL games
* Sony displays new HD technologies at Nab
* BBC's HD channel available via BBC iPlayer
* ibibo.com launches virtual trading game CricEx
* CBBC unveils two children's entertainment shows
* Cisco, Avail Media partner for IPTV
* Viewers move to multiple platforms for TV content: Study
* Fifa to earn $2.7 bn from 2010 World Cup TV rights
* Colors remains No 1
* IPL2 bats on a sticky first day wicket
( 22 April 2009 )
* MTNL to launch 3G services in Mumbai by May
* TV sector in India to see moderate growth in 2009: MPA
* RRSat announces launch of Global Internet TV
* NDTV Convergence launches new-look NDTV.com
* Two top Disney Channel execs put in their papers
* CNN International to focus on global environmental issues
* New series of 'Austin Stevens Adventures' begins from 26 April
* T-Series secures injunction against India News channel
* SES Astra, Yahsat partner for DTH in MENA region
* OnMobile to provide speech-enabled services to Vodafone
* Wipro snaps up Nokia's mobile TV unit
* I&B sets final deadline to 14 channel applicants
* Fox Pan American Sports joins Intelsat for HD platform
* Broadband subscribers touch 6.22 mn: Trai
( 21 April 2009 )
* Harmonic to display video delivery solutions at Nab 2009
* Digilogue Communication launches its services in India
* Prime Kagiso provides IPL updates to radio stations in India
* Optibase EZ TV system enhances its support of Amino IP STBs
* ICC rejects application to recognise ICL
* Apple premieres movies on the iTunes Store in Germany
* ABS-CBNi chooses Intelsat’s satellite to expand DTH capacity
* Nickelodeon partners with CalArts to roll out scholarship programme
* NDTV launches production house
* DQE gets Rs 465 mn service contract for Little Prince
* BBC Parliament channel gets a fresh look
* YouTube in content deal with Sony, CBS and Lionsgate
* BBC steps up commitment to bridge digital divide
* SintecMedia expands offering for media companies
* UAE govt to curb unauthorised Dish TV dealers in country
* NBC Universal Q1 profit down by 45% to $391 mn
* Sony's 'Hanuman: Boy Warrior' faces online protests
( 20 April 2009 )
* IPL2 opens on a lower ratings score
* Mary Hockaday is BBC Multimedia newsroom head
* News channels line up array of programming for IPL
* Network18 selects July Systems for election coverage on mobile
* ICC rejects application to recognise ICL
* Big TV announces drops prices in special summer offer
* MTV to launch reality show 'Gone Too Far'
* French broadcaster TF1 to acquire part of AB assets
* Sony to change positioning, lines up slate post IPL
* Viz Media launches five animation series on Funimation
* Slumdog Millionaire creative team joins Avid at Nab
* Idea to connect cricket fans with Mumbai Indians
* Star World kick off Lipstick Jungle series on 23 May
* Orange, Nokia extend partnership with new mobile email
* MBC extends output deal with Warner Bros
* ICC moves cricket World Cup out of Pakistan
* CBBC orchestrates introduction of classical music to children
( 18 April 2009 )
* NBA.com to add five video channels
* Trai extends date for consultation on DTH to 24 April
* Fox Pan American Sports joins Intelsat Network for HD platform
* Nat Geo to observe eco week with
* ETC Networks' broadcast biz slips in FY'09
* Sony to support digital conversion of theatres
* Dainik Bhaskar inks content-sharing deals for elections
* Mononoke to be showcased in Nippon Connection film festival
* Sportscasting icon John Madden resigns from NBC
* Saam Marathi beefs up afternoon programming with live women-centric shows
* NDTV Good Times launches in Singapore
* Zee Muzic to hunt for anchors in new reality series
* IPL to select South African fan for role in Bollywood
* Star Plus to co-sponsor Kolkata Knight Rider
( 17 April 2009 )
* Tata Indicom launches Facebook on SMS
* Nat Geo Intl co-produces First Ascent with Sender Films
* IPL launches fan voice community
* Tata Sky to show 'Hannah Montana' from 10 April
* Star India chooses IBM for SAP implementation
* Raj TV Q4 net loss at Rs 30.76 million
* Real introduces daily movie block; realigns programming
* Tokyo Disneyland unveils new ride based on Monsters Inc
* Neil Chakravarti quits Zeel, Atul Das to take over
* DMG launches 'Novanation' and 'Koffee' digital radio stations
( 16 April 2009 )
* EC bars media from publishing opinion, exit polls
* AIR to have special programmes on elections
* Sirius XM Radio to air Stanley Cup Playoffs 2009
* Avid introduces free video editing solution: VideoSpin 2.0
* Bombay High Court slaps DD with a fine of Rs 1 million
* ICC to consider ICL's application this week
* ICL season 3 sticks to schedule
* Zee News Ltd prefers pay cuts to layoffs
* Lucian Sârb is Euronews director - news and programmes
* UTV Bindaas to launch 'Blue Carpet' on 17 April
* Funskool launches new range of toys & games based on animated characters
* Big 92.7 FM Hyderabad to campaign for Deccan Chargers
* Colors dislodges Star Plus to become No 1 GEC
( 15 April 2009 )
* Nick lines up an array programmes to celebrate Spongebob Squarepants' 10th anniversary
* Spacetoon launches its first animation IP with Fafa & Juno
* FM radio stations cut on broadcast hours to battle recession
* IPL adds more seats for inaugural encounters
* Former HBO executive joins Saavn as prez and COO
* Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to release 7 games in India
* Goenka journalism awards: Karan Thapar tops in broadcast media
* UTV inks movie syndication deals with Star and B4U
* Discovery elevates Kelly Day to COO digital media
* MDMK to launch TV channel by yearend
* NDTV Convergence CEO Sanjay Trehan quits
( 14 April 2009 )
* Max to add Extraa zing to IPL; targets 50% jump in revenues
* SC asks cable ops to charge at Rs 132-260 in non-Cas areas
* Adtec Digital to showcase new encoders at Nab
* Hungama to treat 'Hungamalogy' winners with exclusive preview of Doraemon
* Zee Cinema to battle IPL with movies for kids in May
* UTV launches mobile music video channel
* Verizon, ESPN360.com bring Uefa action to the US
* Discovery appoints Darcy Tomlin as VP
* Turner to use social media platforms in NBA Playoffs campaign
* DD employees to continue agitation on Commonwealth Games issue
* NGC commissions Parthenon Entertainment for a series
* BBC appoints Mark Kortekaas as controller
* Infomedia18 plans to raise Rs 1 billion via rights issue
( 13 April 2009 )
* Yahoo, Microsoft in talks for ad partnership
* Nickelodeon to celebrate Earth Day with green-theme
* Sony's payout is Rs 49.2 bn for IPL TV rights in subcontinent
* Increase in timeshifted viewing over programmes during 10 pm slot: Study
* NBC postpones telecast of mini series 'Meteor' and 'Storm'
* Lionsgate teams up with Olive Productions
* Dish Network in pact with MTV Networks for HD feed
* Dish Network, NFL settle over carriage
* IPL, news media agencies agree on terms of coverage
* YouTube, Universal tie up for premium services
* Tandberg to unveil new products at Nab
* 'ER' to be honoured at TV Land Awards
* BBC, BFI to open up public access for their archives
* bbcvietnamese.com dons a new look
( 11 April 2009 )
* Wasp3D to unveil latest version at Nab show
* ESPN to launch Chicago-focused website
* ABC unveils summer slate
* Cartoon Network lines up new shows for APac region
* Zee TV to replace ‘Maa’ with game show from 20 March
* Big TV launches interactive election news with CNN-IBN
* Swisscom to introduce IP telephony services
* B4U forays into film distribution, plans production
* News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority slaps India TV with fine
* Radio Mirchi rejigs top rung; Bhatt replaces Bagga as marketing head
( 10 April 2009 )
* Colors' Krishna to woo Raj TV audiences
* RockeTalk allies with Indiatimes
* Nat Geo Music to celebrate Earth Day through concert
* Fox History to air The Legend of Bhagat Singh on 12 April
* Digilogue launches client digital publishing and brand communication services
* Virgin Media to take 9.9% stake in NetPlay TV
* Alterna' TV adds three channels to Comcast Chicago network
* Spacetoon kids TV firms up summer lineup with 8 new shows
* Fox to turn recession into a 'reality' series
* Total Sports Asia brings Giants Live to Asia
* Ron Berryman to deliver keynote address at Banff World TV Festival
* Sun TV to launch Telugu and Kannada kids channels on 12 April
* Pyramid Saimira to exit gaming biz
( 9 April 2009 )
* Tata Sky to premiere Aa Dekhen Zara at Rs 50 per view
* WatchIndia.tv outsources customer support to Tata subsidiary
* ENM launches TV tracking site for Lok Sabha polls
* Star World to air comedy series Reaper from 13 April
* Walt Disney, Hk Disneyland Resort renew alliance with Visa
* Nat Geo to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April
* Sun Direct eyes Rs 10 bn in FY'10, launches HD service
* BBC Persian Channel launches on YouTube
* Kangaroo TV in pact with MM MerchandisingMedia
* ESS ropes in Manjrekar as its exclusive commentator
* BBC announces 'A History Of Christianity'
* NBA sets up first basketball court in India, plans more
* JMD Telefilms acquires two Rajasthan territory music firms
* Ten Sports signs $15 mn syndication deal with Fox Sports
( 8 April 2009 )
* twofour54 Abu Dhabi debuts at MipTV
* Orkut launches community for elections
* Discovery US unveils upfront slate
* CommunicAsia2009 & BroadcastAsia2009 expect strong participation
* Disney Channel's Hanna Montana heads for a new season on 10 April
* Star India appoints Sanjay Gupta as COO
* Rajasthan Royals chooses TCS as its tech partner
* Max to live telecast 'Clash of the Champions' match
* MipTV sets the industry agenda
* DRM to become $2.4 billion industry by 2015: Study
( 7 April 2009 )
* India Cements sees IPL in South Africa as a brand building opportunity
* Google wins IPR case against two Indian firms
* UK’s RDF Kids inks multiple distribution deals for Tricky TV, Finger Tips
* Star World to premiere 3rd season of Bones from 8 April
* Lehren to be available on Nautanki.tv
* Indiagames plans to launch full game download service
* Google partners HT Media to launch online election centers
* Zee to pull down shutters on radio biz in UK
* AB Intl. Distribution acquires action show Rush
* Star Sports to telecast World Combat League from 7 April
* BBC to make the election journey with 'India Election Train'
* Netflix, MTVN to show Comedy Central and Nickelodeon series
* Zee launches news channel for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand
* Network18 acquires advisory biz of Capital18 Media Advisors
* Singapore invites bids for Motorsports and leisure hub initiative
* Airtel offers 16 Mbps broadband in India
* Polish channel bags TV rights for Euro 2012
* Motorola, Time Warner Cable partner for DVR solution
* Anne Mensah is BBC head of independent drama
( 6 April 2009 )
* Google in talks to buy social networking site Twitter
* DD to make prime time news accessible to hearing impaired
* 'Pilot Season' to premiere on My Damn Channel
* 'Indian Matters' to air on Radio Spice in UAE
* Tivo to launch in New Zealand later this year
* Sky Digital Media ties up with Admax Network
* Break Media snaps up HBOLabs
* FUNimatation Entertainment inks digital content deal with Toei Animation
* Disney axes 1900 jobs at theme parks
* Dish TV adds 2 mn subscribers in FY'09, crosses 5-mn mark
* MTV realigns biz strategy, reduces flab
( 4 April 2009 )
* HDFC revamps website to educate customers
* BBC World News to air 'Peschardt’s People' new series from 11 April
* Pogo to air The Jungle Book & Chhota Bheem from 5 & 6 April
* NBA eyes India, webcasts live matches
* Yahoo! unveils mobile web portal
* Sony Pictures TV extends deal with Vince Gilligan
* Channel NewsAsia, China Multimedia to present reality biz series
( 3 April 2009 )
* Ignou, Maac to offer animation courses
* Disney extends local content; launches new show on 27 April
* Disney-ABC-ESPN TV close VoD deal with Holland's Ziggo
* WWIL banks on HITS, moves corporate base to Delhi
* UTVi, UK Trade & Investment to crack 'The Deal' from 4 April
* Sanjay Sharma is IBN Lokmat COO
* DTS, Qube Cinema join hands to market digital cinema products
* BroadcastAsia to debate on how to take digital forward
* BBC Trust publishes review of licence fee collection
* Disney acquires Canadian kids and family online sites
* 110 pay channels are on cable networks in India: Trai
( 2 April 2009 )
* Four finalists for Trai’s chairman post
* IPL to be on Channel 8 in Bengali; Max will have Hindi, English audio feeds
* W.O.A Records partners with Universal Music Australia
* Essar's MobileStore plans to raise $75 million through PE
* Mark Whitehead is BBC Worldwide Channels Asia GM, senior VP
* T-Series seeks injunction against lehren.tv
* The Simpsons show gets stamp of approval
* Toonz, Spectra to produce animated TV series for $7 mn
* Tandberg to showcase ad insertion within a time-shifted TV programme
* Casbaa satellite forum takes place in Singapore in June
* Sony Pictures unveils mobile game slate
* DreamWorks Animation movies to premiere on FX
* Reebok launches juniors concept store
* BBC Worldwide unveils global deals for its formats
* Discovery signs global deals for two series
* Paramount, Gaumont to produce interactive thriller 'Section 8'
* Kathy O’Hearn returns to CNN to helm Chriatiane Amanpour's show
( 1 April 2009 )
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