Google to block ads on ‘unapproved languages’ from Nov

Google has announced that starting from November, it will stop serving ads under its various networks and platforms for all web pages and apps that are not in the list of 49 approved languages. The list of 49 approved languages includes eight Indian languages — Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi. The […]

TV Today reports better than expected performance

TV Today Network Ltd, the company that operates India Today and Aaj Tak news channels, reported better than expected numbers for the Apr-Jun period, thanks to surprising resilience in its TV channel revenues.. India Today, which depends on advertising for nearly all its top line, saw revenue from its TV broadcasting business fall by about […]

Regional Hindi news channels dominate results of 46th DD Free Dish e-auction

Five regional Hindi news channels were among the 15 that found themselves in the results of the 46th e-auction for broadcasting on the DD Free Dish DTH platform. These channels have won the right to transmit their signals on the country’s largest TV channel distribution system for a period of one year from July 1. […]

BARC Ratings: India Today beats Times Now, gains on Republic TV

The sudden increase in the number of people watching TV news has led to massive changes in the ranking tables of English news channels in India, with ‘centrist’ channels like India Today and CNN-News18 making strong gains. Latest data from rating agency BARC India shows strong gains for India Today Television, which has beaten long-time […]

Center refuses to intervene in blocking of Andhra news channels

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today refused to intervene in the alleged blocking of news channels critical of the state government of Andhra Pradesh. The unofficial ban on two news Telugu news channels — TV5 and ABN Andhra Jyothi — in the coastal state, allegedly for being critical of the YSRCP government — has […]

FIR filed against Big Boss contestant after fans throng airport

Kerala Government has arrested two people for organizing a ‘welcome function’ at the Kochi airport for a controversial Big Boss contestant after a video of the function went viral. Kerala Government had last week asked all organizations and institutions to cancel all events in which people would gather in large numbers, as a part of […]

Javadekar supports changes to TRAI tariff order

The recent changes made to the TV channel pricing rules of India by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to the tariff order on January 1 are targeted at dealing with the problems faced by the consumer and balancing the interests of various industry participants, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said today. The […]

TRAI tariff order, slowdown maul Zee Entertainment’s results

Zee Entertainment, the second-biggest broadcasting company in India, continued to bleed under the combined impact of a slowing economy and the company’s decision to increase channel prices under the new TRAI tariff order. While the slowdown in the economy has resulted in companies cutting down on advertising, this has been exacerbated by Zee’s decision to […]

TV Journalists detained by Mangalore police

Journalists belonging to several Malayalam channels have been taken into custody in Mangalore by the police, according to reports by affected media outlets. According to these channels, their TV crews were reporting from Wenlock Hospital, where the bodies of the people killed in yesterday’s police shooting are kept, when a police team led by a […]

Raghav Bahl finally gets a date for TV license hearing

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has assured an industry disputes tribunal that it will take a decision on the name-change application of Horizon Satellite Services, a unit of Raghav Bahl-led Quintillion Business Media Private Limited (QBM), by December 25. Quintillion Business Media has been trying to get its channel renamed as Bloomberg Quint to […]

Moneycontrol’s Bloomberg story draws sharp reaction from Raghav Bahl

A story from moneycontrol.com, a news portal run by the Network18 media group, drew an unusually sharp reaction from Raghav Bahl, one of the pioneers of television news broadcasting in India who now operates Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd. In an message to his employees, Bahl attributed the report — titled “Bloomberg’s India Venture with Raghav […]

FIR against Kerala journalist after questions on CM flood relief fund utilization

A case has been filed by the Kerala Police against new media entrepreneur and journalist Shajan Skariah of MarunadanMalayali.com for ‘misleading essential services forces’ and ‘causing nuisance’ after he questioned the utilization of the funds collected in the aftermath of last year’s funds. Skariah had put up a video on Facebook and Youtube in which […]

Pain continues for Jagran Prakashan, PAT down 26%

Jagran Prakashan, which publishes India’s most widely distributed newspaper, the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, today reported yet another quarter of continued pain as the media sector grapples with falling revenues and continuing encroachment by digital media. Despite expectations of a boost to revenue from general elections, the company actually reported a year-on-year decline. Advertising revenue […]

Hindustan Media Ventures posts smart increase in profit

Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd, home to the Hindi language publications of HT Media Ltd, reported a sharp increase in its profit thanks to a substantial fall in its newsprint costs. The company’s net profit jumped to Rs 39.67 cr for the three months ended June, up from just Rs 13.20 cr in the same period […]

TRAI TARIFF FALLOUT: Times Group leaves biggies Star, Zee & Sony far behind in English movies

Bennett, Coleman & Co, also known as Times Group, has emerged as the most successful provider in the English movie segment in the aftermath of new TRAI tariff order, upsetting the calculations of well established players like Star India and Zee Entertainment. According to data for the last week of March from Chrome Data Analytics […]

Would-be acquirers behind Zee Entertainment rumors?

Punit Goenka, the CEO and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and part of the promoter group of the company, said recent controversies involving the promoters have not affected the determination of the promoters to find the right strategic partner for the media company. Goenka was responding to questions of whether international companies have been unnerved […]