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Headlines in the month of May
 
* BAG Films FY '09 net loss widens to Rs 943.9 million
* Sinclair extends transmission agreement with Dish Network
* WB to create game on 'Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest'
* Standard Bank stays as sponsor of ICC World T20 2009
* PlayFirst unveils gaming lineup for 2009
* Animal Planet to air shows on World Environment day
* ESPN to promote Bollywood film during ICC World Cup
* TV18 earmarks Rs 3 bn for debt repayment and Rs 300 mn in Forbes project
* Virgin Media kicks off 'TV Takeover' contest
* Chennai Live FM to air international DJ music show
* BSkyB bids $258 million for Virgin Media channels
* 4Kids Entertainment names global licensing agent for WordWorld
* America's funnyman Jay Leno quits 'The Tonight Show'
* BSkyB and Microsoft to offer TV through Xbox
* Big TV adds 10 channels, pumps up regional mix
* IPL2 final clocks 10.7 TVR in 6 metros
* Star One launches couple comedy show Hans Baliye
( 30 May 2009 )
* NDTV 24X7 to air special documentaries on environment
* Star Cricket to air season 2 of cricket quiz show 'Stumped' from 1 June
* Sirius XM Radio to broadcast 'Roxette reunion special'
* ESPN axes 100 jobs
* Microsoft to take on Google with 'Bing' search engine
* FUNimation Entertainment to stream 'One Piece' in US, Canada websites
* MySpace unveils 'Music Central' in Mumbai
* Moser Baer steps into sports DVDs
* I&B minister Ambika Soni to take charge on 1 June
* Time Warner to separate AOL by yearend
( 29 May 2009 )
* PE firm picks up 49% in Lionsgate's TV Guide & TV Guide.com
* Ambika Soni is new I&B minister
* Sirius to broadcast Dave Matthews Band Radio on 3 channels
* Dish TV may dilute 12-15% via FCCB
* Disney to turn 'Jonas Brother' series into video game
* BSkyB licenses technology to automate STB testing
* Fitz Roy Media appoints Breiter and Zivic as licensing agent for US
* Radio Mirchi gets into Marathi content with 'Devraag'
* Zee's Tamil channel now available on WatchIndia.TV
* Skycam signs multi-year contract with ESPN
* Red FM sweeps honours at IRF awards
( 28 May 2009 )
* IPL does a sixer in the semi-finals
* Zapak, Cadbury’s 5 Star launch 'Indian Online League'
* IMG, iBN Sports ink three-year online distribution deal
* Sony Music, GlobalCollect stitch deal
* Champions League final to spawn  310 million
* TV news channels can carry DD feed of cabinet expansion
* Dish TV plans to raise $150 million via FCCBs
* Facebook gets $10 bn valuation, Russian investor puts in $200 mn
* Disney to turn 'Pirates of Caribbean' into game
* Care World TV to air reality show on self cosmetic surgery
* CNBC China appoints Jane Wang as ad sales VP
* FM radio seeks better listener measurement system
* Disney adds 5 channels in Central and Eastern Europe
( 27 May 2009 )
* Star Plus unveils marketing initiatives for 'Mitwa'
* T20 World Cup: ESS sees revenue upswing
* Zee Studio rolls out movie songs karaoke championship
* NDS ties up with Axel Springer Digital TV Guide for German market
* Arun Bhatnagar resigns as Prasar Bharati chairman
* ESS names James Miner as SVP for digital media
* Turner acquires DQE’s Iron Man for South and South East Asia
* Twitter plans to develop
* Indyarocks.com to offer free access to 16 video channels through nautanki.tv
* Motorola rolls out cable headend solution in Europe
* Pradeep Guha joins Vdopia board of advisors
* Star Gold launches 'Comedy Honours' Movie Festival
( 26 May 2009 )
* Zee TV braces for prime time fight with two new shows
* Tata Indicom inks partnership deal with Yahoo! India
* Star World to premiere 'Home' on Earth Day
* HomeShop 18 launches 'Emerald Navratna' set
* Euro RSCG strengthens digital biz with new appointment
* Star Plus enters Mauritius via Parabole Reunion's DTH
* Champions League T20 to begin on 8 October
* BuzzinTown.com is official online partner of Iifa 2009
* Hasbro in JV with Discovery Communications
( 25 May 2009 )
* TV workers brace for recoveries from broadcasters and producers
* Zee Bangla gets Radio Misty as official radio partner for 'Dadagiri'
* Harlequin's digital comics available for mobile distribution in China
* SN Sharma gets bigger role in DEN
* Modi wants to make IPL a biannual event
* Scott Goodstein to speak at BroadcastAsia 2009
* Fever FM prepares for expansion, eyes acquisitions
* AITI to participate in CommunicAsia 2009
* CN unveils games for Asian Market
* Vh1 unveils celeb-reality series in summer slate
* Videocon's DTH to roll out from Punjab, targets 10 June launch
* Virgin Records in JV pact with deadmau5
* Nat Geo to co-produce 'Helicopter Wars' with Windfall Films
* BBC kicks off search for UK's 'Junior Apprentice'
( 23 May 2009 )
* UTV Bindaas to launch 'Bindass 21' from 24 May
* 9X's in-house show Bikhray Pal to air from 25 May
* Star Plus to strengthen 7.30 pm slot with Mitwa... from 27 May
* CN to unveil four alternative live action series in June
* Shemaroo releases 'Jungle Tales' on home video
* Bucking recession, satellite industry grows in Asia
* BBC Worldwide, YouTube renew partnership
* Dish Network adds Fuel TV to its platform
* Forbes launches in India
* Star channels expand distribution in the US
* IPL to have a star studded closing ceremony
( 22 May 2009 )
* Sony to pump in Rs 180 mn to market relaunch
* Star World to launch international dance show on 25 May
* ILS successfully launches Protostar II satellite
* B4U to sit on Measat's pay-TV platform in Malaysia
* IPL ratings stay flat at 3.74 TVR
* Radio One Q4 operating loss at Rs 59.8 million
* Bappi Lahiri and T-Series brings Rhythm n Blues music to India
* CBS targets wider pool of viewers in programming plan for 2009-10
* Ofcom gives nod for three community radio licences
* BBC docu uncovers "Our earliest ancestor"
* Lincoln Butterfield inks publishing deal for animated concept RIP, M.D.
* No pay increase for Ofcom staff
( 21 May 2009 )
* Aaj Tak, CNN IBN win poll endgame ratings
* HCL to develop digital platform for MTV Networks
* Zee TV to fill 9 pm slot with Balaji show Pavitra Risshta
* Sony to deploy 4K digital projectors for Regal theatres in US
* AIR bags 3 awards at 10th International Radio Festival
* UTV Bindass returns with 'Cash Cab-Meter Chalu Hai'
* Toonz Animation, Illusion Studios to produce 'Gaturro' for $6 mn
* ICL not to hold players back: Mody
* Radio Misty inducts two BBC Shows
* 'MySpace Secret Show' in Mumbai on 29 May
* BBC Magazines sells Good Homes to Kelsey Publishing
* Madani Channel broadcasts across Asia Pacific on Asiasat 3S
* Radio Mirchi net profit skids as revenue flattens
* Columbia Records, Fox partner for music from 'Glee'
* BBC's 'In The Night Garden' makes progress in China
* NFL settles with Comcast on carriage
* US TV shows portray violent crime: Study
* NBC to have more original programming in 2009-10
* Time Warner completes $241.5 mn investment in Central European Media Enterprises
* SPE Networks Asia reshuffles senior team
( 20 May 2009 )
* IL&FS sells 4 million IBN18 shares for Rs 410 million
* Geodesic acquires South American firm Interactive Networks
* Govt gives HT Media the nod for radio licence transfer
* Dish TV to premiere UTV’s Delhi 6 on pay-per-view
* 7 Seas Technologies releases online game on Swine Flu
* Fox lines up two nights of dance 'reality' this autumn
* WMA axes 120 employees ahead of merger with Endeavor
* Community radio station to be set up at Tilonia, Rajasthan
* Star to launch advertiser funded lifestyle show with Godrej
* GlobeCast to focus on HD platforms at CommunicAsia 2009
* Premiere to carry Nat Geo in Germany
* BSNL ties up with Sai Infosystems for video telephony in Gujarat
* Snow White and Seven Dwarfs to release on Blu-ray
* Vivendi Q1 revenue up 23.7 per cent to  6.5 billion
* Cartoon Network Asia acquires Nerd's animated series
* Big Cinemas opens new theatre in the US
* Fever FM narrows FY'09 loss to Rs 297 mn
( 19 May 2009 )
* Poll effect: Media stocks ride a bull market
* Big FM Mumbai to roll out first Marathi show
* Discovery launches first HD Network in Latin America
* Bangladesh's Habibul Bashar quits ICL
* Piracy main obstacle to pay-TV growth: Paul Aiello
* BBC launches multi-platform soap for teens
* Fever 104 FM unveils two weekend shows
* Technicolor completes playout system rollout for ITV
* Canadian Television Fund renews digital media programme
* AOL launches whereitsat.com
* Al Jazeera deploys Stratos' mobile broadband satellite service
( 18 May 2009 )
* MTV to widen draw with non-music content in India
* TSA acquires entertainment content for distribution in Japan
* Trai to come out with policy on content rights for IPTV soon
* Nigam to oversee security of News Corp's online properties
* Amit Koshal is MySpace India senior biz development manager
* Nick to launch CG animated 'Kung Fu Panda: The Series'
* Sony posts first annual loss in 14 years
* BBC relaunches comedy site
* CBBC to get children active in 'Skate Nation'
* Kings of Leon to rock 2009 MTV Movie Awards
* AT&T adds six HD channels from MTV Networks
( 16 May 2009 )
* MTNL to launch 3G services in Mumbai from 1 June
* News channels gear up for general election endgame
* PIB to operate media centres on counting day
* AIR to broadcast two bilingual election special shows
* Post IPL, Sony readies for revamp
* NDTV’s Chennai news channel to be called NDTV Hindu; launch on 16 May
* Pogo to unveil new show from 25 May
* SunTec launches relationship loyalty solution
* ICC rejects Pakistan Cricket Board’s legal claims over hosting of WC matches
* Star World to show 'American Idol Marathon' on 16 May
* Shailesh Rao and Ambareesh Murty appointed as chairman and vice chairman of IAMAI
* Doordarshan plans to offer mobile TV services
( 15 May 2009 )
* TV workers threaten action amid default payments
* 9X to launch beauty pageant cum reality show on 5 June
* Dish Network to add 80 channels to its package
* Tdsat asks Trai to have new tariff policy for add-on channels on DTH
* CN ties up with Anna Kournikova to promote fitness among kids
* Colors finalises jury of India’s Got Talent
* Balaji Telefilms goes into red with Q4 loss of Rs 142.8 mn
* JS Sarma joins Trai as chairman
* Airtel Digital TV to premiere Khuda Kay Liye on 20 May
* Music Mobile Exchange launches mobile licensing in Andhra Pradesh
( 14 May 2009 )
* Movies differentiate GEC leaders, Zee TV scores in non-film programming
* SC directs Trai to rework on cable tariffs in non-Cas areas
* IPL ratings on the downswing
* IMI launches Music Mobile Exchange to curb piracy
* UMG ties up with Destiny Media to distribute pre-release tracks
* TV18 to raise Rs 5.1 bn via rights issue; Network18 looks for strategic stake sale
* Nickelodeon inks licensing deal with Activision Publishing to create videogame on iCarly
* Rockwell Collins expands Tailwind in-flight TV coverage to India, Russia
* Alaskan Killer Shark to show on NGC
* ICC to explore concept of day & night Test cricket
* AXN gets Hero Honda to sponsor fourth edition of Action Awards
* Diamond Comics plans to launch kids channel
* Endemol to step into sports and gaming biz in India
* Warner Bros. Entertainment revamps portal
* Star World to air documentary 'Home' next month
* BBC Tamil launches morning news programme
* Sportzworkz renews contracts with 3 broadcasters
* EMI Music in pact with Immodesty Blaize
* BBC names new Knowledge Commissioners
( 13 May 2009 )
* Hinduja's IMCL gets Rs 1.4 bn carriage fee boost as revenue ups 50% in FY'09
* Cranes sofware to assist CNN-IBN on poll count
* Tata Indicom broadband unveils single bill service
* Big Animation Studio partners Frameboxx to offer animation course
* BBC stays on course with in-house and independent productions
* NVCP, Nooka to create wrist watches featuring SpongeBob
* Trai to seek views on DTH tariff issues till 18 May
* ESS to manage Singapore World Netball Championship 2011
* MGM strikes 5-year licensing deal with Showtime Arabia
* Sun TV to broadcast BKN's Zoro:Generation Z series
* MTV to go on a reality stunt ride from 16 May
( 12 May 2009 )
* Indian M&E sector to cross Rs 1 trillion by 2012: Assocham
* IRS R1: C&S reach up 7%, FM radio also on an upswing
* Kwality Wall’s, Zapak launch gaming league
* Microsoft Xbox to run its ads on Dish TV
* Star Plus to telecast Iifa Awards 2009
* Rayban Vh1 Global Music Xpress brings Karl Wolf to India
* Mumbai students sweep awards at Srijan 2009
* Legends of Rock back on Fox History & Entertainment
* El Salvador adopts ATSC digital TV standard
* CBS Q1 revenue down to $3.16 bn
* Airtel Digital TV eyes T20 World Cup, launches two entry packs
* Sony Music renews distribution deal with Razor & Tie
* Sony Pictures forms group to develop 3D social gaming content
* Netmix Broadcasting plans expansion in radio market
* Warner, CBS and Ascent Media to create syndication platform
* BBC launches CBeebies iPlayer
* WorldSpace plans to launch car radio service in India by 2010
( 11 May 2009 )
* TV18 board to consider rights issue
* Atom.com and Comedy Central to fund new web series
* Nick launches second annual Parents' Picks Awards
* Agarwal moves from Zee News to WWIL as CFO
* Fremantlemedia to represent Magnum's formats globally
* India to host World badminton championship
* Vh1 repositions as entertainment channel in India
* Zee News Ltd ready to face slowdown in FY'10
* Sports minister Gill criticises IPL for allowing SMS game
* Modi's Spice Group to foray into films with Rs 4 bn war chest
* Star Pravah to launch fourth mini series starting 12 May
* WWE Q1 revenue falls to $107.8 mn
* BBC Trust begins review of Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music
* Facebook gets an Indian touch, launches in six languages
* Asiasat selects Loral for Asiasat 5C
( 9 May 2009 )
* IRS R1: Dainik Jagran, Times of India lead the pack
* Disney to launch animation studio in Canada
* Nick and Only Kidz launche merchandise under Dora brand
* NDTV hops on to DirecTV for ‘Profit’ and ‘Good Times’ in US
* JS Sarma will be Trai chairman
* Universal Music inks distribution deal with Image Entertainment
* TV Land kicks off summer schedule
* AmericaFree.TV unveils MusicFree.TV
* ABC News rolls out on YouTube
( 8 May 2009 )
* Twentieth Century Fox revamps FoxNow.com
* 'Twilight', 'Slumdog Millionaire' in fight for MTV Movie Awards
* Ion acquires new movie package from Warner Bros
* Star Q3 operating income slumps 99%; News Corp profit stays flat
* Colors to launch Sunday morning slot from 17 May
* NDTV to launch MetroNation Chennai on 16 May
* Dow Jones to scale up investments in India
* Aroon Purie is elected FIPP chairman
* Firaaq to premiere on Big TV on 8 May
* I&B secretary Sushma Singh retires on 31 May
* JS Sarma likely to be the next Trai chairman
* Nick gets into Indian content, acquires TV rights for 'Little Krishna'
( 7 May 2009 )
* IPL ratings on a slippery slope
* Virgin Media to carry 5 HD channels
* Warner TV branded service launches in the Netherlands
* Nick, Disney acquire telecast rights of pre-school animated series Olivia
* Politician Surya Singh Besra to launch channel for Jharkhand
* DirecTV to combine biz with Liberty Entertainment
* Warner Bros TV Group, AOL come together on Socialthing
* Radio City FY'09 revenue pegged at Rs 1.15 bn
* Sony TV expands reach in Africa
* Spike TV acquires rights to telecast Entourage
* Fox Crime to show mini-series Monster of Florence
* Discovery Q1 revenue at $817 mn
* BBC Motion Gallery to represent ECB's cricket archives
* Smriti Irani now on Sab in new family comedy show
( 6 May 2009 )
* Virgin Media reports 13% slump in customer acquisition
* Star Plus to launch matrimonial show on 13 May
* Redstone completes $1.46 billion debt restructuring
* NBC introduces primetime lineup for 2009-10
* Fox TV renews 'Fringe' for 22 episodes
* Nick president Brown Johnson to deliver keynote at Banff
* DQE signs up Moonscoop, closes financing of Jungle Book series
* Trai gets SC nod to continue consultation on DTH tariff
* Preetam Shah to head international market for BigFlix VoD
* German firm KDG selects NDS for digital cable
* 7Seas Technologies enters retail game market
( 5 May 2009 )
* BBC appoints Montgomery as director-digital content
* UTVi, Dell to celebrate Indian spirit of entrepreneurship
* MTV Networks plans to beam more channels in Russia
* Dubai to host media and telecom forum on 10 May
* Dox TV selects NDS to enhance its biz in China
* MTV Networks appoints Mei Yan as MD China
* Fever FM Q4 break even, FY'09 net loss at Rs 200 mn
* Raj TV waits for movies to correct its bottomline
* ICC urges US to set up IPL model league
* BBC Children in Need distributes £14.8 mn to projects across UK
* Discovery, Hasbro in JV to create children’s content
* BSkyB Q3 profit at £3 million
* Viacom Q1 revenue down 7% to $2.9 bn
* UTV in pact with BT to carry UTV Movies in US
* Miditech appoints Manisha Tripathi as president
( 4 May 2009 )
* Madrid Government in preparation to hold Olympic Games in 2016
* Western Digital ties up with Tivo to launch 1 TB capacity DVR in Australia
* NDS, Macrovision sign licensing deal to offer electronic programme guide
* ESPN launches HD service in Brazil
* MTV's new shows to reflect millenial generation
* Cartoon Network ups Chris Waldron as VP – Gaming Operations
* IPL ratings dip in metros
* Twitter launches real-time search service
* NDTV braces for 20% layoffs as Q4 net loss widens to Rs 1.6 billion
* Zee buys out partner firm in Zee Studio for $56 million
* NDTV Good Times summer line up for its 'wellness band'
* Colors eyes Rs 5 bn revenue in FY’10, programming to consume Rs 4.25 bn
( 2 May 2009 )
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