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Special Report

Star surrenders seven regional sports channel licences


Star India has surrendered seven TV channel licences it had received in 2015 to the MIB. Besides Star, three other companies surrendered three licences to the MIB.

Delhi HC initiates winding up proceedings against Mahuaa Media


Delhi HC initiates winding up proceedings against Mahuaa and appoints provisional official liquidator. TDSAT asks DPOs to file application to make official liquidator aware of the present proceedings.

MIB issued 193 MSO licences in 42 days; Arasu only MSO with provisional licence


March saw grant of record 145 licences. April saw 48 licences issued, taking total MSO registration list to 1375. Majority of licences were granted in the state of Andhra Pradesh with 39 companies getting approval.

ZEEL to shift CFO Mihir Modi to Margo Networks, plans scale up of tech start-up


After completing acquisition of 80% stake in Margo Networks, ZEEL has decided to guide the operational functions of the technology start-up. CFO Mihir Modi will be moved in July to spearhead the subsidiary company. ZEEL is in the process of hiring a new CFO.

No takers for DD Freedish at Rs 8 crore reserve price


Broadcasters have given a cold shoulder to DD Freedish’s 32nd e-auction due to the increase in reserve price to Rs 8 crore. This was the first time that DD Freedish had invited only non-news channels to bid for vacant slots.

DTH inactive subscribers grew 5.2% to reach 34.4 mn: TRAI


Inactive DTH subscribers are growing at above 5% for the last two quarters ending Dec, data provided by TRAI showed. It rose 5.2% QoQ to reach 34.4 mn in quarter ended 31 Dec. Active subscriber base rose 1.2% to 62.65 mn. Overall, total subscriber base of the private DTH operators increased 2.57% to 97.05 mn.

Six new pay channels launched in Dec quarter to take tally to 287: TRAI


The quarter ended 31 Dec saw the launch of six new pay channels while no pay channel got converted into FTA. ZEEL launched 4 pay channels while Star and Viacom18 launched one each.

MIB asks DoS to block signals of unauthorised DTH operator ABS Free View


MIB has asked DoS to block the signals of Asia Broadcast Satellite, which is beaming in India without licence from the ministry. The satellite operator is running a free DTH platform on the lines of Doordarshan’s Freedish.

Tarun Katial to join ZEE, head TV content production biz at Essel Vision


Tarun Katial will lead the TV content production business at Essel Vision Productions and original content for digital, a source said. He will also spearhead Jaipur Studios, a studio facility developed by ZEEL. He will report to ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka.

Freedish’s revenue zooms 53% to Rs 275.4 cr in FY17; Sony Pal top bidder with Rs 7.3 cr


Aided by growth of FTA market, launch of new channels in the genre and a surge in subscribers, DD Freedish posted its highest revenue ever in FY17. 54 slots were sold through 6 auctions. Will FY18 be better as reserve price for new auction is fixed at record high of Rs 8 cr?