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Manjit Singh, CEO of Multi Screen Media, has been named president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). Singh replaces Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India. Shankar was appointed president in 2010; ...

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India's Information and Broadcasting Secretary retires

Uday Kumar Varma, India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary, is to retire on 30 June 2013 after leading the drive to digitise India's vast cable TV network. "My tenure in the Ministry ...

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India’s Associated Broadcasting Company to have new owners

New investors are to purchase an 80% controlling stake in the Hyderabad-based Associated Broadcasting Company (ABCL), which runs the TV9 network of regional news channels – according to The Times of India. ...

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... be implemented in a time-bound manner," Shri Arvind Kumar, former joint secretary of broadcasting, India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, told delegates at the recent Digital Media – India summit ...

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Zee's sports network Ten Sports has renewed the live and exclusive rights for live broadcast of the Football League and the League Cup until 2014-15. The two leagues will be simulcast throughout South ...

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DTH exempt from MP Entertainment Tax: Supreme Court

... for collecting revenue as stated in the 1936 Act are not relevant to DTH operations, said the court. Tata Sky has been broadcasting under license all over India since August 2006 from its single broadcasting ...

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Pakistan government defends PTV-Zee TV venture

The joint venture between state run Pakistan Television (PTV) and India's Zee TV is an open business deal and will have no cultural repercussions for Pakistan's society, Federal Information and Broadcasting ...

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News Broadcasters ask Indian PM to restrain PCI's reach

India's Prime Minister Manomohan Singh has been asked by the News Broadcasting Association (NBA) to prevent the new Press Council chief Markandey Katju from extending his brief and commenting on areas ...

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Initial delay to India’s INR 40,000 crore TV digitisation plan

... had to [do it], to 1 June. But it doesn't disturb the rest of the schedule," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told PTI. "It's generally a very big reform of the broadcasting industry," ...

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TRAI to examine cross media ownership

Cross media ownership is to be scrutinized by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) following a request by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry. "Major players ...

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Consultation promised on Indian regulator’s digital TV guidelines

India's Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni has assured digital television stakeholders that they will be consulted before the final decision is taken on the cable TV tariff and distribution ...

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India close to realising 74% FDI cap for TV sector

A long anticipated hike in the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit to 74% for India's entire digital broadcasting sector is reportedly very close, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has disclosed. ...

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CASBAA sets sights on India beyond digital TV

... CASBAA. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will be given by senior officials from the Indian government, Uday K Varma (secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting), JS Sarma (chairman, Telecommunications ...

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Sircar to be named CEO of India’s Prasar Bharati

... vice president Hamid Ansari, and including Press Council chairman Markandey Katju and information and broadcasting secretary Uday Kumar Varma. "Sircar's long record of having effectively led various ...

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India’s CIC tells government to reveal Maran stake in Sun Direct

India's Central Information Commission (CIC) has told the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to publically disclose the stake Kalanidhi Maran holds in the Sun Direct DTH TV platform, ruling it is not ...

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India now allows 792 TV channels on-air

The number of television news and current affairs channels now broadcasting under licence in India is now 392, with a further 400 general entertainment channels, according to the latest figures from the ...

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Indian regulator slammed for ‘legitimising’ high TV carriage fees

... distributing their channels. "News channels will approach the information and broadcasting ministry and TRAI to present their view on how this notification on 'carriage fee' is damaging to the news industry," ...

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Vibble TV set to launch South Asian IPTV service in US

Vibble TV, a new internet protocol television (IPTV) service targeting South Asians living in the US, has been given a cash injection ahead of its May launch from its parent company Internet Broadcasting ...

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Indian Government considers tax holiday for broadcasters

A ten-year tax holiday, duty exemptions, and the granting of infrastructure status are among the proposals reportedly being considered for the Indian broadcasting industry by the government at a meeting ...

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Broadcasters slam restrictions on TV ads

... is the major source of revenue for the Indian broadcasting industry, which now estimates losses of between 15 and 40% from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) move. "TRAI has ...