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Posts from — August 2013

FM radio Phase II – a sneak into the past

The Ministry for Information and Broadcasting set up The Radio Broadcast Policy committee to formulate the policy to govern the opening of FM Phase II in India.

Signing of GOPA keeps FM Phase III on hold

The delay in signing GOPA by players is acting as an obstacle in the progress of FM Phase III auctions. By early 2013, 25 players applied for migration.

FM Phase III auctions face several issues

Inspite of the government committing to commence the FM Phase III auctions, issues of e-auction, license fee, channel spacing still loom over broadcasters.

TRAI takes broadcasters to court over non-compliance of ad regulation

Legal move contradicts I&B minister Manish Tewari’s statement that TRAI should put 12-minute ad cap per clock hour in cold storage till digitisation is complete.

Bindass combines reality shows with music

Bindass’ (formerly UTV Bindass) flagship shows are Emotional Atyachaar and Big Switch. Launched on 24 Sep 2007 by UTV, the youth channel is now owned by Disney.

ETC’s journey as a Bollywood trade channel

ETC is a Bollywood trade channel acquired by Zee in 2012. Initially launched with back to back format, it shifted focus to family entertainment for better ratings.

Zee’s Music Asia evolves into Zing

Zing owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd offers humour, animation, spoofs and lifestyle with music. Targeting the urban young Indian, movies are a key driver.

9XM Media and its band of music channels

9XM, owned by New Silk Route operates a clutch of music channels in various languages. With animation and humour as strengths, they now focus on digital expansion.

MTunes bets on HD to grow

MTunes run by Pioneer Channel Factory is the first HD music channel. Its experiments with non-film music and short format shows have worked in its favour.

Mastiii is a mix of songs and comedy

Mastiii was launched by Sri Adhikari Brothers Television Network, airing Hindi music with a variety of comedy content. Their new venture is Marathi music channel Maiboli.