New Skies New Airwaves

ChaiTime-Image12.7Club FM 99.6 from Mathrubhumi has expanded its reach outside India with its transmission in Dubai, which went live on Monday, 11th July at 9:09 AM Dubai time. Club FM, which started broadcasting on December 14, 2007 in Thrissur, later expanded in Kannur, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The Dubai station is its 5th station. Read programming details for the foreign transmission here» YuppTV Bazaar, online marketplace from YuppTV, has joined hands with Silly Monks to strengthen its content production. As a creative agency, Silly Monks has established a strong foothold in the content production domain with their premium regional content. Expanding the entertainment catalogue on YuppTV Bazaar, this alliance will also provide users with access to new Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam content. » Lokmat Connect, an Experiential Marketing division of the Lokmat Group, in association with Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund launched awareness camps across 5 locations in Maharashtra as part of the ‘Jaanoge tabhi toh Maanoge campaign – a National Investor Education and Awareness Initiative’. Aimed at reaching out to over 2000 people in Maharashtra, this campaign will spread financial literacy in the state. See more» YouTube is in talks with a few broadcasters including ESPN, ABC, and CBS for providing their TV service online without payment of any cable subscription. Likely to be launched mid next year, this online streaming service will be called ‘Unplugged’.

KPMG’s Cyber Kare

ChaiTime-Image5.4.16KPMG has launched a cyber security app – Cyber Kare in India. The Cyber Kare toolkit is designed for the senior management to assess their organization’s current positioning with respect to cyber risk exposure and cyber security preparedness. See more. » The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has announced K G Suresh as the new Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Suresh, who has earlier worked with PTI and Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) as Editor is currently working as Senior Consulting Editor with DD News. He will serve IIMC for three years from the day he assumes office. » Kochi based Lamda Media Solutions has launched a mobile app ‘My Election’ to provide users with information on the Kerala assembly polls, to be held on May 16. This free-to-download android app can be operated in English or Malayalam and will also give information about the history of Kerala Assembly Elections since 1957. » Underscoring its concern with the spread of online information, The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of North Korea has officially blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites for a certain period of time. The decision, though unlikely to have a major impact on ordinary North Koreans, will become a bane for visitors and foreign residents in North Korea. Anyone trying to access the blocked sites in an “improper” way, or using them to distribute “anti-republic data” would be punished, although the penalty is not specified.

PM Changes Game

Trending-Image05.02Narendra Modi seems to have changed his outlook towards the media. According to sources, the PM is now telling his cabinet colleagues and bureaucrats to interact with the media and convey the work accomplished by his government in the last 18 months. His colleagues are however, continuing to stay away as they are wary of a fallout should they speak what is not in the script. » The Ministry of Finance is now on YouTube. The channel was officially launched yesterday with an aim to strengthen the online presence of the ministry by Arun Jaitley. It will feature videos of major schemes, meetings, events and press conferences exclusively related to the Ministry. » Actor Irrfan Khan has joined the bandwagon on the intolerance debate. Expressing that shutting one’s mouth is not a healthy sign of a growing society. “I find it very strange when few people say that actors should act and they should not express their opinions on issues. Everybody has the right to speak their mind and concerns” he said during the NDTV Indian of The Year Awards.

Key Acquisition

ChaiTime-Image04.02.16Microsoft is all set to enhance interaction between people and technology as it has confirmed the acquisition of SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android. Microsoft has decided to integrate SwiftKey into its Word Flow keyboard for Windows and keep developing the keyboard app. » Tata Motors has decided to rechristen its new hatchback ‘Zica’, since the name resembles the ‘Zika’ virus which has recently reached epidemic proportions in Americas and spreads through mosquito bites. The car will continue to carry the current name for Auto Expo 2016, the new name will be announced a few weeks later. » At a US Home Affairs committee hearing for countering extremism, Google announced two pilot schemes. “One of the pilot schemes will make the videos discoverable on YouTube whereas the other one is to make sure when people put potentially damaging search terms into our search engine,” said Anthony House, Senior Manager for Public Policy and Communications at Google.

Art Today

^06B296990D84C6A5AFF6C07520B67BD93E4828A21EAFF87FAD^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrIndia Today group on Thursday announced the first ‘India Today Art Awards’ in New Delhi, in partnership with the DLF Group, India Art Fair and EDC. The list of awardees includes prominent names like BN Goswamy (Art writer of the year), Roobina Karode (Curator of the year). See More» BW Businessworld has been awarded with the Chanakya ‘Magazine of The Year Award’ for excelling in reporting & analysis and its path-breaking style. The award was presented during the 10th Global Communication Conclave of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) – a national body of PR, media, advertising, and HR professionals, held recently in Kolkata. » The video sharing feature of Facebook, is turning out to be a serious competitor for YouTube. The social platform has announced that it recently hit 100 million hours of daily video watch-time in a day and has recorded 1.04 billion daily active users so far.

The Fox & The Giants

ChaiTime.jpgFox News is teaming up with Google and YouTube for the Republican debate next Thursday, January 28th. The debate scheduled for 9PM to 11PM ET, will have Google Trends data and YouTube celebrities coming up with questions for the candidates and track topics of interest throughout the night. “On the Google Trends homepage, viewers will have the chance to interact with the debate during the telecast. The page will feature real-time insights on candidate search interest, key issues and topics covered throughout the night,” reads a Fox News press release today. » Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of the now disbanded newspaper, National Herald have announced that it will cease to be a commercial entity and become a non-profit company. This decision by the publishing house comes amid the ongoing case on the ‘National Herald Scam’ at Delhi High Court, after seeking approval of the shareholders. Asked, when the newspaper will be re-launched, AJL chairman and managing director Motilal Vora said it will be done soon. “The members considered and approved a number of resolutions to convert AJL into a not-for-profit company.”