BBC Reshuffled

MediaWatchThe BBC has announced a major reorganization of the top management of its television channels, as BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore will become the creative, editorial and strategic lead for all of the BBC’s channels as well as BBC iPlayer. Meanwhile, BBC2 and BBC4 boss Kim Shillinglaw has chosen to leave as the decision of separate channel ‘controllers’ was scrapped. Moore will report to Mark Linsey, acting director of television, and will take up the post on January 25. » Radio City 91.1 FM has come up with a specialized creative client solution agency – ‘AudaCITY’. The newly formed agency headed by Kartik Kalla, national programming and creative director, Radio City will provide creative and media solutions for radio, print, outdoor and BTL platforms. The platform intends to provide superior audio/sonic branding/mogos (musical logos) and brand solutions for brands with the catchy tagline ‘Be Heard’. » TRAI is set to conduct and open house discussion on ‘differential pricing for data services today at PHD House, New Delhi. It has invited interested stakeholders to participate on its consultation paper which received a record 24 lakh comments on the paper.

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Game – Set (up) – Match

^FEA915C35866CE3C6A7A3F342BECA51BFE2F64CAE642630E7E^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrWorld tennis was rocked on Monday as allegations were made stating that authorities have failed to deal with widespread match fixing. Reports from BBC and Buzzfeed News claimed that 16 of the top 50 players were flagged by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for suspicious game play and 8 of them are taking part in the ongoing Australian Open in Melbourne. While the tennis authorities rejected the claims, the obtained documents have a different story to tell. » Popular Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar alerted the Mumbai police about a disturbing tweet. Causing uproar, the tweet by @Ganeshnoa threatened Mehr that many Hindu’s were waiting to rape her in India. The Mumbai police escalated the matter with the concerned department while Mehr thanked them for their swift response. » Looks like even the Britons are fed up with Donald Trump. The British Parliament is holding a debate calling the US businessman turned politician to be banned from the country for ‘hate speech’. While there will be no voting, it is being seen more as an opportunity to air views under parliamentary privilege.

VIP Entry To Heaven

MediaWatch-Image05.01.16Just look to the skies to get answers to any troubling questions that you might have because – ‘Uparwala Dekh Raha Hai’. Aaj Tak’s fabricated absurdity claims to be the “most unique and most dynamic” astrology show on TV. Interesting predictions for 2016 based on “research” by “experts” are in store for PM Modi, CM Kejriwal and even ISIS. The terror group apparently carried out most attacks on 10th and 11th as those dates opened a VIP entry to heaven. » Continuing the string of defamation cases, the latest to get struck by the Tamil Nadu government are TOI & Dinamalar. Even after the SC asked them not to take offence over criticism of governance, the TN government handed out a suit each to TOI and Dinamalar, for carrying reports attributing the recent Chennai floods to non-natural causes – bureaucratic hassle and negligence. » Read how the Pakistani media reported the terror attack in Pathankot. From praising the Pak Government’s quick condemnation of the attack to India’s ‘muted’ blame on Pakistan, the editorials seem cautious. Meanwhile BBC might have stepped on the axe by referring to the terrorists as ‘gunmen’. » Telecom operators wait for court orders on the matter of compensating users for call drops. TRAI regulations, effective from January 1, dictate that telcos pay users Re. 1 for every call drop due to network glitches, with a cap of Rs. 3 per day. TRAI has said that it will refrain from any coercive action till the next court hearing on January 6th.

Mergers & Acquisitions

MediaWatch-Image23.12.jpgRonnie Screwvala’s digital media brand Arré has acquired a 100 % stake in Apalya Technologies, an OTT platform with 10 million subscribers’ worldwide. According to sources Screwvala and partners have paid between Rs 20 – 25 crore for the technology company. With this acquisition, Arré aims to be the country’s leading digital content and platform brand, combining its multi-genre, multi-format content plans with a formidable technology platform. Vamshi Reddy – CEO and Shiva Bayyapunedi – CTO of Apalya, will join the founding team of Arré with immediate effect. » In an agreement released earlier this week, BBC & UK independent producers association A.K.A Pact have vouched for a policy framework regarding the formation of BBC Studios. As per the agreement BBC guarantees to tender out 40% of its in-house programming to external producers. In addition, the BBC’s new Charter and Agreement set out a policy framework for the relationship between the BBC Public Service, BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide. The plan for BBC Studios was unveiled by the pubcaster’s director-general Tony Hall in March, with the goal of allowing in-house producers to create programming for rival networks, and potentially reduce production quotas.

Alpha Club

MediaWatch-Image18.11Based on subscribers’ feedback BARC has introduced Alpha Club, a monthly bulletin for insights and analysis of Indian audience measurement data for the preceding four weeks. The communique’s first edition, rolled out on November 17th, contained two sets of analyses for Week 37-40 and 41-44. » DD National was bumped off  the TV ratings leaderboard for Hindi General Entertainment Channels. According to BARC data for Week 44, the top spot was bagged by Star Plus, followed by highest gainers Zee TV and Colors jointly at the 3rd position. » After issuing a joint statement, leading newspaper editors in Nagaland published blank editorial pages as a sign of protest against an army diktat. Read what the editors told the BBC about accusations they face. » Only AAP HoDs allowed to speak to the media. A recently issued circular by the Delhi Government clearly prohibits all other bureaucrats from talking to the media without prior approval from the concerned minister. The directive from Deputy CM Manish Sisodia might have been called for by several HoDs seeking proper guidelines for media interaction. » The search for Indian innovators begins. Mint, in collaboration with MIT Technology Review, has launched the India chapter of ‘EmTech’. The top 10 under-35 innovators in business and technology will present at the high profile event in New Delhi in March 2016.

BBC ‘Talking Business’

MediaWatchBBC World News’ flagship show ‘Talking Business’ will launch an India special episode. To be broadcasted on 30th October at 8pm, the show will be broadcast from Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Business presenter Yogita Limaye will be joined by students of the college and a panel to discuss India’s skill gap. » Times Network’s real estate and property channel ‘MagicBricks Now’ has been officially launched and will begin beaming from November 1. Initially slated to be called Property Now, the re-christened channel will offer a rich array of programs ranging from news bulletins to property hotlines, debates, leadership insights and more.

Banish The Ban

Trending“The age of bans is over” said Arun Jaitley, while delivering the Sardar Patel lecture organized by AIR. “Electronic media has changed the definition of news, it has given citizens a voice and is a tool for good governance”, he said. Jaitley however added that it was an unregulated medium with a large amount of false, defamatory information which could even damage the social fabric of society. » John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, recently spoke at length on “legitimate concerns” about BBC dominating the web news market. Asserting that “BBC should stop newspaper-style content” on their website, he warned that the Government was considering reopening the terms of a deal that would see the license fee begin to rise by ‘inflation.’ James Purnell, BBC’s Digital and Strategy Director, replied by saying “We don’t think BBC caused the problems, but we would like to be part of the solution.” » Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to BBC correspondent John Simpson has gone viral. Asked about addressing the fears in the west about the possibility of another Cold War, Putin provided an elaborate response asking if the correspondent had “any common sense at all”. » Good news for all instant noodle lovers! Nestle Maggi, after clearing the court-directed safety tests has resumed production in Nanjangud in Karnataka, Moga in Punjab and Bicholim in Goa with an aim to relaunch by the end of the year.