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’.

National News to Get Crunchy

13254152_10153863972123101_5862761318817230964_nOwner of popular biscuit brand ‘Priyagold’, Surya Food and Agro forays into the news space. With plans to launch their first National news channel soon, the biscuit manufacturer has roped in veteran journalist Mukesh Kumar to head ‘Surya News’. » Following the announcement of three News18 regional channels, Panorama Television has pulled the curtain on their Malayalam news channel. Called News18 Kerala, the channel is being formally launched in Trivandrum, today. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and other dignitaries will be gracing the occasion. » DD India and DD Sports have found a new beaming spot. As part of a plan to shift all channels to new satellites to improve the viewing experience, DD India was moved from GSAT-10 to INSAT-4B and DD Sports was moved to GSAT-10 today. » World’s largest OTT provider for South Asian content, YuppTV has joined hands with Arré, a multi-genre, multi-format digital media brand. Many products from the Arré stable, ranging from trending web series, social experiments, reality shows, and documentaries will now be available on YuppTV Bazaar.

Yupp It’s NDTV

MediaWatch-16.2.16YuppTV, the OTT provider claiming to be the largest in the world, has partnered with NDTV.
The group’s four channels – NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, NDTV Prime, and NDTV Good Times will be available to YuppTV viewers on both the website and mobile app. » Keep up with the latest developments in the case of the JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest here. He was arrested on sedition charges for participating in the Afzal Guru event on February 9, in which anti-India slogans were raised. Several journalists reporting at the scene, when Kanhaiya was produced in court, were heckled and manhandled. They took to Twitter to vent their anger. » MIB recently cancelled licenses for as many as 126 channels, bringing down the number of permitted private satellite TV channels to 857. 399 news and current affairs channels, and 458 are non-news and current affairs channels remain valid. » Publishers have reason to be hopeful about better results from the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) by the Media Research User Council (MRUC). MRUC recently held a meeting for deciding pricing and analyzing more databases for a new report expected to be made public soon.

YuppTV Enters MENA

MediaWatch-Image02.03.16YuppTV enters MENA (Middle East & North Africa) with a bang. In partnership with Sun network, one of South India’s largest TV networks, YuppTV readies to launch 10 channels in four languages – Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, and Kannada. The move will make channels like Surya, Sun TV, KTV, Adithya TV, and Gemini TV among others available for YuppTV viewers in MENA. » Malini Parthasarathy, who recently stepped down from her role as Editor, took to Twitter to express disappointment over changes in The Hindu’s weekend edition soon after her exit. » ICC releases the rulebook for Indian broadcasters ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The New Access Regulations (NAR) are solely for the bona fide broadcasters registered under the MIB guidelines, and will remain in effect until 24 hours after the event ends on 3rd April, 2016. A media agency to monitor compliance will also be appointed. » RS TV, the Upper House’s exclusive channel, seems to be the cause for concern in the PM’s office. Upset over the constant criticism against the government, the PMO hopes to merge RS TV with LS channels as one – Sansad TV. However, this plan might not come to fruition till Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, is in office.

Twitter Shake Up

3055843-poster-p-1-twitter-execsTwitter on Sunday went through a major revamp, as four of its executives exited the company. Reports have confirmed that the departure of Katie Stanton, head of media, Kevin Weil, head of product, Alex Roetter, head of engineering and Jason Toff, head of Vine were the result of a long-planned restructuring. This comes as a desperate attempt from Twitter to reassure its investors that things have changed for the better since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the CEO role last year. There are already additional rumors that the company will name a “high profile media personality” to its board. » Over-The-Top provider (OTT) YuppTV, has announced partnership with Chinese OTT and internet technology giant LeEco (formerly Letv). Under the partnership, YuppTV will be integrated into LeEco’s smart devices that give users the access to YuppTV’s catalogue of live TV channels. YuppTV’s latest move marks the first time a content platform and a smart device provider have entered into such an association.  YuppTV is the most downloaded Indian SmartTV app and it also boasts of 8 million mobile downloads with 4.0 user rating. » Popular news curator Inshorts has rolled out a new notification feature ‘Toss’. This new add-on allows users of Inshorts to send notification to other users of Inshorts in their contacts list. The feature is currently available on Android only and will be rolled out in iOS soon.

Media Announcements

^23B0119B8C7C724E844C7EE26B050F461616FB0D62BBA2F3C2^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrUday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV has announced the launch of Al Jazeera’s English news channel on their platform today. The contents of the news channel will be available worldwide, except for USA. YuppTV is one of the world’s largest online over-the-top (OTT) entertainment solution providers. » Tata Sky has announced that it has added News Asia International to its bouquet of global news channels. With this induction, Tata Sky now offers 96 news channels, including 14 English, 22 Hindi and 57 regional language channels. » HT Media today said it will transfer its multi-media content management undertaking to its wholly-owned subsidiary HT Digital Streams on a slump exchange basis. The exchange has been based upon the valuation report obtained from M/s S R Dinodia & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants and has been duly approved by the internal audit committee.

Times Now at the Big Ben

adadAfter Modi, it’s time now for Arnab in UK. Times Now launches in UK today, it is slated to launch in France & Germany as well. Initially the UK service will focus on news from India but local and global programming content will also be developed, Goswami said. » OTT Provider YuppTV India to offer BBC World News to Indian viewers. Uday Reddy, CEO, YuppTV called the deal with BBC a ‘giant stride’ in the right direction. » Government move welcomed with open arms. Read what broadcasters had to say about the increase in FDI limit to 49% from 26% in the uplinking of news TV channels here» sweeps the top spot in ComScore’s digital news rankings. BBC overtook CNN and other competitors in the News and Information category reaching a global desktop audience of 75.6mn unique visitors each month. BBC attributes its popularity to digital innovation and an unrivalled network of international correspondents. » Newspaper Editors of six dailies – Nagaland Page, Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, Tir Yimyim, Capi and The Morung Express has responded to a notification issued to them by the Colonel of the General Staff of IGAR (North) against publication of press statements of NSCN (K). In the joint statement issued, the signatories said that news reports by or from banned organizations were treated in a spirit of transparency, inclusivity and fairness. Media in Nagaland, has acted responsibly and without prejudice, they added. » The ‘Sunday Valley News’ became second time winner when it was recognized as the 2015 New England Newspaper of the Year. This unique contest, held by the New England Newspaper & Press Association, is judged by newspaper readers rather than professionals.