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2015: A year of expansion and legal battles for FM radio industry

Radio yearender

FM firms coughed up Rs 1,156.9 cr for 97 channels in Phase III expansion. Ad boom continued in 2015. There were changes in programming and management. The year brought with it legal implications for some firms.

2015 at a glance


2015 saw big broadcasters acquiring regional channels. Hathway, DEN and Siti Cable saw fund inflows. The multiplex business saw some more consolidation.

Hindi movie channels see healthy double-digit ad revenue growth in 2015


Hindi movie genre witnessed a healthy double-digit ad revenue growth in 2015, helped by the rollout of BARC data and the growth of second channels of the big broadcast networks. There were also a slew of channel launches targeted towards the LC1 towns.

BARC in 2015: Through the CEO’s lens


One of the key highlights of the year was the rural India coverage. Some interesting insights into TV viewing habits have come. This may change the way broadcasters plan their content and advertisers advertise going forward.

How sports broadcasters played the game in 2015


Sportscasters dished out high volumes of live sporting content in 2015. Non-cricket leagues gained traction, new channels got launched and sports channels built affinity through localisation.

2015: The year of BARC


It was on 29 April that the first set of BARC data was released. Later, it came out with rural data as well, reflecting the changing dynamics in the TV rating system.

2015: Times Network’s ascent in the English entertainment space


A year back, Movies Now began its ascent on ranking. MN+ was launched in 2015. Romedy Now struck a better content balance.

2015: A year of change and adaptation for Discovery


2015 has been a year of change and adaptation for infotainment, kids and lifestyle broadcaster Discovery. It set up its own distribution team following the dissolution of The OneAlliance. There was a stronger focus on localisation not just on flagship Discovery but also across the various brands.

Women entrepreneurs who stood out in 2015

At the start of the new year, let us look at some of the best women entrepreneurs who made us sit up and take notice in 2015.

2015: The year of ‘Bhaijaan’


The year 2015 clearly belonged to Salman Khan. He became the first actor in the history of Indian cinema to mop up Rs 500 cr in net box office in a single year. Differentiated and story-led films also found success in 2015.