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Sai Kumar promoted to head up Network 18

The new group chief executive officer at India's Network 18 has been announced as B Sai Kumar, following the departure of Haresh Chawla earlier this month. Sai Kumar, 37, who has worked for the company ...


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 ...


India to become a teleport hub, says minister

... the CII Media & Entertainment Summit 2012 in New Delhi, Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, I&B Ministry, said that becoming a teleport hub could help India to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) ...


Uday Shankar retains IBF presidency

Uday Shankar, chief executive of Star India, has been given a second term as president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), following AGM elections. Punit Goenka, managing director and chief ...


India on track for fully digital TV in 2014: government

India will digitise its vast cable television network by the end of 2014 as planned, Uday Varma, secretary for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting told delegates at FICCI Frames 2012 in Mumbai ...


BSNL to launch IPTV in Goa

Indian telecommunications operator BSNL is ready to roll out an internet protocol television (IPTV) service, with high speed broadband connection, delivered over optical fibre, also on the cards for customers ...


KBC bags India’s largest TV audience for jackpot winning show

The fifth series of India's popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) has become the most widely viewed non-fiction television programme ever, thanks to two episodes this month which saw a lowly computer ...


Still no decision on India cable TV deadline delay

... on deferment will follow this week. An hour long digitisation 'task force' meeting, chaired by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma, reportedly heard strong views from ...


Stakeholders meet minister over Indian TV digitisation

... according to Indian Television. The meeting on 8 June in Vigyan Bhavan was attended by Soni, along with ministry secretary Uday Kumar Varma, additional secretary and task force head Rajiv Takru, and ...


India close to realising 74% FDI cap for TV sector

...  "We are definitely looking at having a uniform FDI cap of 74% for the digital cable TV sector which at present has different caps. The cap for non-digital cable TV would continue at 49%," Uday Kumar ...


India promotes film tourism at Cannes

... shot in the country in 2011 compared to 19 in 2010. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma says the India Pavilion at Cannes is now showcasing India – in particular Mumbai, Kerala, Varanasi, ...


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 ...


India starts Phase II of digitisation

... & Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma held a meeting to review Phase II. Digitisation in Kolkata is most likely to happen after Diwali and in Chennai, the fourth metro covered in the first phase, ...


TRAI to examine cross media ownership

... significance," Uday Varma, I&B ministry secretary reportedly wrote in a letter to new TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar on 16 May. Currently those companies with business interests in TV, radio and print ...


BBC Asian Network announces 100 Years Of Bollywood season

BBC Asian Network is creating a season of Bollywood-related content to mark the 100th anniversary of the Indian film industry with an offering of star interviews, BBC Red Button specials and major BBC ...


Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft have been summonsed by a Delhi Court to defend themselves against criminal charges that they, among other internet sites, have hosted 'objectionable' content in India. ...


Viacom18 to conclude ETV channel takeover by year end

The acquisition of Eenadu TV's (ETV) regional general entertainment channels by Viacom18, the joint venture between Viacom of the US and India's Network 18 Group, is set for completion by the end of 2013. ...


Star India to air Uttarakhand fundraiser on Independence Day

... to ease the pain of fellow men who suffered the agonising pain that this unprecedented calamity brought with itself," said actor Amitabh Bachchan. Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India added: "The task of rebuilding ...


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 ...


Kannada news channel set for Indian launch this month

...  It will compete with six existing Kannada news channels, namely: Udaya News, Suvarna News 24x7, TV9 Karnataka, Samaya TV, Janashri, and Kasthuri Newz 24.  ...