Zee Tamizh, a 24-hour Tamil general entertainment channel from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, part of the Essel Group, went on air on October 12. This is Zee Network’s 33rd channel and third in the South after the Group’s Telugu and Kannada channels.
Asianet Television Network has announced the launch of its Telugu GEC ‘Sitara’ in Hyderabad recently. The group will shortly launch their 24-hour Telugu news channel as well. Amidst the much-hyped speculation of its JV with Star TV, Asianet extends its strong regional presence a step further with this recent Telegu venture.
Venturian Media Ltd, a Hyderabad-based global online publishing and marketing company has announced the launch of a consumer finance news and comparison site Money-india.com. This site will offer free and comprehensive tools to help consumers to make their choices when searching for the right product to suit their needs.
Riding the reality wave, Amrita TV is all set to enhance the entertainment content of its evening time band with a new film based show, ‘Music Mix’. The show will go on air from September 29, and would be telecast Monday to Friday at 5.30 pm. ‘Music Mix’ would be a blend of Malayalam film songs old and new.
Discovery Channel has announced the launch of new programme band called ‘Ultimate Discovery’, which promises some breathtaking, cutting-edge action adventure. The one-hour time band to be aired daily from October 2008 at 9-10 pm would comprise shows ranging from science, technology, history, adventure and exploration.
Real Image Media Technologies Pvt Ltd has acquired patent for its media and advertising distribution and tracking system in India and the US, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This technology is marketed by Real Image under the brand name QMedia.
INX Network is gearing up for the next phase of launches. The media company plans to launch 10 new channels in the next 12 to 18 months, including another Hindi GEC and a national music channel. This was confirmed by Indrani Mukerjea, Chairman, INX Media, who also said, “before anything else, INX would be coming out with a metro news channel in Chennai”.
Chennai-based Raj TV is strengthening its programme offering with the launch of new primetime shows and give a boost to its viewership. The newly launched shows vary from reality shows to mythological serials, Hollywood movies, interactive games shows, celebrity chat shows, kids shows and talent hunt shows.
Hyderabad-based SatNav Technologies has launched its GPS navigation product – SatGuide – for major retail chains across India. SatGuide has partnered with chains like Croma, Staples, E-Zone and Reliance Autozone to bring its widest range of GPS products into the neighbourhoods of consumers across India.
R Subramanian, MD, Subhiksha, has been unanimously appointed the new Chairman of the Indian Retail Forum (IRF) for the year 2008. His name was nominated by Bijou Kurien, President & CEO, Reliance Lifestyle Holdings; Sanjiv Goenka, Vice Chairman, RPG Group; and BS Nagesh, MD, Shoppers Stop, according to an official communiqué.
With the cost of acquiring television rights of films becoming prohibitively expensive, several media houses are entering into film production. The latest such venture is that of Sun TV Network, one of India’s largest media and entertainment networks, which has announced its foray into film production through its new subsidiary, Sun Pictures.
In a bid to promote organised retailing in India and help small players scale up as organised retailers, Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) is holding the first ever retail summit in Tamil Nadu, titled ‘Emerging Retail Paradigm’. The two-day summit began in Chennai on September 5.
Thomas Jacob has joined IFRA as Deputy CEO & Managing Director in charge of the Greater Asia/ Pacific region. In his new role, Thomas will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for IFRA activities in South Asia, South & North East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.