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Sun TV promoter’s pledged shares stand at 4.8%

Sun TV promoter Kalanithi Maran pledges 4,24,635 shares with Indian Bank as collateral to mobilise close to Rs 14 crore. Maran has so far pledged 4.80% shares of total paid-up capital.

Delhi HC says TRAI’s ad cap reasonable, gives relief to Maa TV till 13 March

Hearing the petition filed by Maa TV against TRAI’s regulation, the Delhi High Court observed that the cap on advertisements is a ‘reasonable exercise’. The bench also said that even the permitted 12 minutes of advertising during a one-hour programming is ‘ridiculous’. HC, however, gave interim relief to Maa TV till next hearing on 13 March.

‘All our channels are profitable except sports’

Star’s big investments will be in sports, digital and improving the quality of content across its portfolio of entertainment channels. New channel launches will not be the area of attention. But HD channels will make their appearance. In an interview with TVP, Sanjay Gupta talks about Star’s businesses across verticals and the company’s growth plans.

Zee Tamizh to re-telecast Sun TV’s classic soap after five years

Starting 24 February, Zee Tamizh will re-telecast ‘Anandham’, one of the most popular daily soaps of Sun TV, which ran from November 2003 till February 2009 on the most popular Tamil channel.

9X Media plans to launch two more music channels

9X Media is planning to launch a Bengali-language music channel. The other market it is looking at is Oriya. The company has applied for licence and is awaiting government clearance, says Pradeep Guha.

Sun TV crosses Rs 5 bn quarter revenue for first time, Q3 net down 2.2%

Sun TV Network reaches a new milestone by reporting quarterly revenue of over Rs 5 bn; Q3 net down 2.2% to Rs 1.86 bn.

Zee 24 Taas refreshes brand identity with new logo, tagline and brand promise

In a bid to woo younger audiences, Zee 24 Taas has unveiled its new look today, complete with a new tagline and logo. The new tagline is ‘Raha Ek Paul Pudhe’.

Star Pravah goes for rebranding with new logo, tagline

Star Pravah’s makeover includes a new crystal star logo as well as a new tagline, ‘Swapnanna Pankh Nave’ (New wings to the dreams); 3 shows are launched including a talk show with Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar.

Raj TV recommends bonus, splits face value of share

Raj TV’s Q3 operating profit is up 44.6% on turnover of Rs 24.91 crore; board recommends 1:1 bonus and face value of equity share is split to Rs 5.

DW to shut Bengali services, Hindi news website

Deutsche Welle to shut its Bengali language services as part of a global restructuring under which English will gain prominence as the preferred language for news dissemination; to also wind up Hindi news website, though Manthan will continue.