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Comcast comes up with higher bid for Sky
Friday, 13 July 2018 05:30

The US media giant Comcast has surprised the industry by offering more than Rupert Murdoch to take control of Sky. With this, the Sky shares jumped to an 18-year high on 13 July as investors bet a transatlantic battle for the European pay-TV group had further to run.

  • BN Srikrishna committee says consent must in new data sharing
    Friday, 13 July 2018 05:29

    The companies seeking personal data of users must take their consent and tell them in advance how their data would be used; this will be the top recommendation of the Justice BN Srikrishna committee, which is devising a framework for data protection in India.

  • RBI & UIDAI allow Airtel Payments Bank to register new customers
    Friday, 13 July 2018 05:27

    With the apex bank RBI and Aadhaar issuing authority UIDAI’s nod, the Airtel Payment Bank can now register new customers. The bank was barred from doing so after it was revealed that the payments bank was signing on subscribers without their consent.

  • US Justice Department appeals approval of AT&T-Time Warner merger
    Friday, 13 July 2018 05:26

    On 12 July, the Justice Department filed notice that it is appealing a judge's approval of AT&T's purchase of Time Warner.Judge Richard Leon, who presided over the lawsuit the DOJ had brought to block the deal, ruled last month that the government had failed to show that the deal violates antitrust law, and in his opinion ripped apart its case. AT&T has since closed the acquisition of Time Warner, including CNN.

  • Telecom Commission green lights new telecom policy
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:28

    On 11 July, the Telecom Commission cleared the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018. The policy aims to create four million new jobs, getting investments of more than $100 billion into India by 2022, improving ease of doing business and using new-age technologies for large scale connectivity.

  • Planetcast Media Services gets Rs 22.36 cr penalty notice from CCI
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:25

    EsselShyam Communication (Planetcast Media Services) has got a Rs. 22.36 crore penalty notice from the Competition Commission for rigging tenders floated by sports broadcasters for various sporting events during the period July 2011- May 2012. This also includes Indian Premier League 2012.

  • Archana Anand becomes chief business officer of ZEE5 Global
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:24

    Archana Anand, who was executive vice president and head of digital ZEE5 India, has been promoted to the post of chief business officer of ZEE5 Global by the media conglomerate ZEEL.

  • BSNL to take help of LCOs to increase its FTTH broadband footprints in Jharkhand
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:23

    As the battle for broadband gets hotter with Jio’s latest series of announcements, the state owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will partner with the local cable operators (LCOs) to expand its Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband service in Jharkhand.

  • Facebook wins media rights of Spanish soccer league La Liga for 4 years
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:22

    The media rights of the Spanish soccer league La Liga, which was earlier held by Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), has been grabbed by the social media giant Facebook for 4 years.

  • Net profit of Arasu Cable TVcrashes 91% in FY18
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:21

    The net profit for FY18 of the Tamil Nadu government-owned multi system operator (MSO) Arasu Cable TV Corporation has come down 91 per cent to Rs. 1.68 crore! This is unaudited net profit for the fiscal ended March 2018. The net profit for the previous fiscal was Rs 18.22.

  • BARC Rating for Week 27: A look at GEC, News Genre channel & FIFA Cup status
    Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:20

    According to BARC India data for week 27, in Hindi news genre, India TV has pushed Zee News to take the number 2 position in urban + rural HSM. Zee News came crashing at 3rd spot, while the other three positions have remained unchanged.

  • IBF writes to MIB against processing feefor the live telecast of sporting events
    Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:04

    The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has written to the Union information and broadcasting ministry (MIB) for the removal of the processing fee for the live telecast of sporting events.

  • Battle against fake news: Whatsapp launches new feature
    Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:02

    To come clean on fake news, and to show the Govt that it is doing a lot, the instant messaging app Whatsapp published full page ad in many leading English and vernacular languages on 10 July. The ads were informative in nature and offered tips to battle fake news on Whatsapp.

  • Bharati Airtel planning to raise USD 1B in overseas loans
    Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:01

    The leading telco Bharti Airtel plans to raise about $1 billion or nearly Rs 6,900 crore through overseas loans to refinance its debt to free up cash for capex investments needed to expand its 4G network.

  • YouTube to spend USD 25 M to battle fake news
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:06

    The Google owned online video giant YouTube is planning to invest $25 million into journalism to battle fake news and support trustworthy news organizations and help them produce online videos. The announcement was made through a blog post.

  • MIB asks 10 ministries to submit data on job creation
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:03

    Ten central ministries, including the Labour Ministry, have been directed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to submit data on employment generated in various sectors under them.

  • Few selected films to be available in Dolby Audio on YuppTV
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:59

    The subscribers of the leading over the top (OTT) platform YuppTVwill be able to enjoy the cinema hall like experience, as the OTT player as announced that its select movie titles will be available in Dolby Audio, an advanced surround sound experience.

  • Praveen Swami & Gaurav Kalra join Network18’s editorial team
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:58

    Praveen Swami, who had worked as the Resident Editor and Strategic Affairs Editor at The Hindu, has joined the media conglomerate Network18 as Group Consulting Editor with a specific focus on strategic affairs, defence, and diplomacy. He will work across platforms, writing in digital and appearing as a resident commentator on TV.

  • Video content budget witnessed high growth in India: MPA
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:57

    According to Media Partners Asia’s report Asia Video Content Dynamics 2018, the money spent on video content skyrocketed in Asia Pacific region, especially India, thanks to OTT platforms. The report said that India saw 14% increase in 2017.

  • English news channel India Ahead to become live on four DTH platforms soon
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:56

    Telugu daily Andhra Prabha publication will soon make available its English news channel India Ahead on four direct to home (DTH) platforms Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h, though the soft launch has already been done, and the channel is already available on select cable operators in South India including Hathway Cable and Datacom.

  • Jio’s fibre broadband to have an effect on TV distribution platforms: Report
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:55

    According to an India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) report, JioGigaFiber, a fibre-based broadband service for homes and businesses, which was announced recently by Mukesh Ambani has the potential to disrupt the retail broadband segment and open up new digital avenues for the enterprise broadband segment.

  • Chidambaram & his son Karti get protection from arrest till 7 Aug
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:45

    The former union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti have got relief from a Delhi court. The court has extended their protection from arrest granted in the Aircel-Maxis case till August 7.

  • PM Modi launches Samsung Mobile’s largest factory in the world at Noida
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:29

    On 9 July, PM Modi launched Samsung Mobile’s largest factory in the world at Noida. While launching, he said “Today is an important day in making India a global hub of manufacturing.”

  • I&B Minister questions media houses engaged in fake journalism
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:44

    The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore on 9 July criticised a section of media for being engaged in spreading one-sided stories and fake news. He said, "Yeh kaisa journalism hai?

  • Rahul Joshi becomes MD of Network18/TV18; Sudhanshu Vats takes charge as MD of Viacom18
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:40

    Rahul Joshi, Network18 CEO – News and Group Editor-in-Chief, and Sudhanshu Vats, Viacom18 Group CEO havenow become managing directors of Network18/TV18 and Viacom18 respectively.

  • Dr.Hathi of popular TV serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ passes away
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:39

    Dr.Hansraj Hathi of the popular TV serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ is no more. The TV actor Kavi Kumar Azad passed away on 9 July due to a cardiac arrest. He was 46.

  • ALTBalaji to invest Rs 500 cr on content
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:37

    The leading OTT arm of Balaji Telefilms, ALTBalajiwill invest up to Rs 500 crore over the next three years to create more original content. The decision is crucial as global OTT platforms like Netflix are investing hugely on original Indian content.

  • Formula One may soon launch F1 TV channel on Amazon Prime
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:36

    The leading OTT platform Amazon Prime Video may soon add F1 TV Channel, as Formula One is in talks with it to make the channel reach 100 million subscribers globally.

  • Dish TV’s subscription revenue spikes up in Q1
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:35

    Due to thick sports events in recent times, the direct to home (DTH) Dish TV’s subscription revenue has spiked up 8.1% to Rs 1489.3 crore for the quarter ended 30 June as against Rs 1377.1 crore in the trailing quarter.

  • TRAI issues draft Telecommunication Tariff (64thAmendment) Order, 2018 on 'Purging of Infructuous/ Redundant provisions of Telecommunication Tariff Order' (TTO)
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:33

    On 9 July, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued draft Telecommunication Tariff (64thAmendment) Order, 2018 on 'Purging of Infructuous/ Redundant provisions of Telecommunication Tariff Order' (TTO).

  • TRAI issues its recommendations on making ICT services accessible for differently-abled
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:32

    On 9 July, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued its recommendations on "Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities". The full recommendations are available on TRAI web site.

  • DoT gives nod to Vodafone-Idea merger deal with a Rs 7200-cr rider
    DoT gives nod to Vodafone-Idea merger deal with a Rs 7200-cr rider

    The Idea-Vodafone merger deal has received a conditional nod from the department of telecommunications (DoT). The department has sought over Rs 7,200 crore from both companies on account of one-time spectrum charges and spectrum liberalisation fees.

  • Delhi HC fines YouTube for its failure to remove ‘offensive’ content
    Monday, 09 July 2018 07:28

    The number one online video platform YouTube has been fined by the Delhi High Court for not removing offensive content against a Delhi-based doctor. The amount of fine was Rs 9.5 lakh. Out of the total amount, HC said Rs 1 lakh has to be paid to HC Mediation and Conciliation Centre as costs.

  • DEN Networks’ subsidiaryDEN Ambey gets MCA’s approval for merger
    Monday, 09 July 2018 13:06

    The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has given its approval to the Cable and broadband service provider DEN Networks’ wholly owned subsidiary DEN Ambey Cable Network for the merger of subsidiaries into the parent company.

  • ZMCL to expand footprint of its global English news channel WION
    Monday, 09 July 2018 13:03

    The media conglomerate Zee Media Corporation Ltd (ZMCL) is aiming big with its global English news channel WION. It plans to expand the footprint to many countries in FY19.

  • No extra tax incentives for digital transactions: GST Panel
    Monday, 09 July 2018 12:59

    There would be no addition tax incentives for digital transactions for a year due to revenue considerations, according to a ministerial panel tasked by the Goods and Services Tax Council.

  • PMO intervenes in Vodafone-Idea merger deal
    Monday, 09 July 2018 12:57

    The department of Telecommunications (DoT) had to apprise the PMO in Vodafone-Idea merger deal. The two telcosand DoT had previously said they expect the deal to be cleared by June-end.

  • ENIL launches FM radio station in Siliguri
    Saturday, 07 July 2018 12:55

    While Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) is planning to roll-out all the remaining stations in 14 cities, it has on 7 July started broadcast of its radio station Radio Mirchi at Siliguri on 98.3 FM frequency.

  • I&B Ministry update: 66 FM radio stations across 48 cities have been operationalised in batch 2 FM Phase III
    Saturday, 07 July 2018 12:53

    A total of 66 FM radio stations across 48 cities have been operationalised in batch 2 FM Phase III, while out of the 66 radio stations, 43 are new while 23 are existing, as per latest report by the Ministry Information & Broadcasting (MIB).

  • Relaince Jio AGM: ‘Jio GigaFiber’ to debut on 15 Aug; COAI calls it a game changer
    Friday, 06 July 2018 13:32

    On 5 July, the new telecom entrant but a force to reckon with, Reliance Jio held its 41st annual general meeting (AGM) 2018, in which many new things were announced. But the biggest disrupting news was the announcement of the launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service ‘Jio GigaFiber’.

  • Election Commission to act tough on fake news
    Friday, 06 July 2018 13:21

    As elections in 4 states are approaching, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is planning to act tough on the menace of fake news. It will establish a mechanism to prevent fake news from influencing poll outcomes and vitiating the atmosphere during the election.

  • TRAI issues "The Telecommunication Interconnection (Amendment) Regulations, 2018"
    Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:40

    On 5 July, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued "The Telecommunication Interconnection (Amendment) Regulations, 2018" which prescribes amendment in Regulations 6, 8 & 9 of the "Telecommunication Interconnection Regulations, 2018" issued by TRAI on 01.01.2018.

  • WhatsApp to offer USD 50,000 to anyone who tells how to stop fake news
    Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:39

    If you can help the instant messaging giant Whatsapp in stopping rumours and fake news, you may get USD 50,000. The messaging app has recently taken this step of offering bounty, following deaths across India fuelled by false information on social media.


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