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NewsX becomes first English channel to hop on to Freedish

Doordarshan has sold two vacant slots on its free DTH platform Freedish to English news channel NewsX and Hindi movie channel RT Movies on pro rata basis for Rs 8 crore each. NewsX is the first English news channel on the Freedish platform, which has mostly Hindi-language channel and a few Marathi channels.

Zee Media to launch Urdu news channel on 1 July

ZEEL is planning to shut down Zee Salaam to allow ZMCL to launch it as an Urdu news channel. The launch is on 1 July.

Star to rejig sports network; Star Sports Tamil, Select SD versions in the offing

Star Sports Tamil will replace Star Sports 4 while Star Sports Select 1 will replace Star Sports HD 4. Both Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 4 are being discontinued from 28 May.

Times Network’s MK Anand sees opportunity in regional news channels

The current news infrastructure of Times Now and ET Now is capable of producing more channels, Times Network CEO MK Anand said. When queried whether Times Network would look at regional channels in news, he said: “We could also look at regional languages.”

Viacom18’s content plan to grow the kids TV business

Viacom18’s kids network is coming out with 200 fresh episodes across characters and channels following a buoyant FY17 despite the impact of demonetisation.

Times Now to have multiple variants going forward, says Rahul Shivshankar

Times Now will have multiple variants including global markets like the US and UK as part of its strategy to become the dominant news brand in India and abroad, chief editor Rahul Shivshankar said.He also said that the channel is built around the brand and not the personality of an individual.

TV5 News parent to launch devotional channel on 29 Mar; Kannada news channel to follow soon

Telugu devotional channel to launch Hindu Dharmam on 29 Mar. Plan is also on to launch Kannada news channel TV5 Kannada News.

Doordarshan plans to launch kids channel in FY18: Supriya Sahu

DD is looking to work with content producers on a revenue share basis. It is looking at 1000 hours of content. “We are looking at multiple models like commissioning a few programmes, airing programmes on time-sharing basis or on revenue-sharing basis. The content should be contemporary and very deeply rooted in our ethos,” Supriya Sahu said.

Times Network to broaden MagicBricks Now as real estate takes a nosedive

MagicBricks Now has broadened its content offering to include civic issues like infrastructure and health. Next financial year’s growth will also come from Movies Now 2 and the HD channels. Plan is to launch the HD version of Times Now in Q1, said MK Anand.

Viacom18 set to launch MTV HD+

Viacom18 is planning to launch MTV HD+. The channel is priced at Rs 25 on RIO and is likely to launch towards the end of this month.