DishTV has been going strong in the DTH space, crossing the 9 million-subscribers recently. In conversation with exchange4media, RC Venkateish, CEO, Dish TV, speaks about the DTH leader’s plans for 2011, the challenge of getting into brand distribution penetration and more...

Shikha 08-December-2010

PerceptH has bagged the Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Ltd account following a multi-agency pitch that saw the participation of five agencies. The account size is pegged at around Rs 10-12 crore. TBWA and Xebec were the incumbent agencies on the business. The account also includes Ishanya Mall, Deepak Fertilisers’ retail property.

Shikha 01-December-2010

Food shows, so far, were seen on travel channels, lifestyle channels and general entertainment channels. However, now two media groups have announced their plans to launch channels dedicated to food – Food First by Real Lifestyle Network and FoodFood by Astro and chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Is the Indian market ready for such focussed specialisation?

Shikha 30-November-2010

While some believe that tier-three channels play a key role in building frequency and even brands, for some others, they are a complete no-no. In the second part of this special report on tier-three channels, we find out if they can survive the GRPs battle.

Shikha 30-November-2010

Amongst nine key players in the Hindi general entertainment channels, there are also those that corner lower GRPs than the other GEC players or players from other genres. How do advertisers and media agencies view these tier-three channels? Are they truly effective in frequency building and brand building? What is the road ahead for them?

Shikha 29-November-2010

Gautam Sharma has joined India TV as Senior Vice-President, Sales. He moves from Star News, where he was working as Assistant Vice-President and Head of Revenue (North) for four years. Sharma has also worked with Aaj Tak, Star TV and Planman Media.

Shikha 23-November-2010

Manoj Sharma has quit India TV as Group Business Head. He had joined India TV in January 2010 and has been responsible for the business expansion of all group companies, including Independent News, India TV Interactive, Independent Media, Studio Brahma and India TV Mission.

Shikha 22-November-2010

Along with shifting the telecast timings of ‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’ to after 11 pm, the I&B Ministry has also restrained news channels from showing clippings of these two shows between 5 am and 11 pm, terming them as ‘adult’ content. News channel editors have called it a move in the right direction and stressed that news should have some sensitivity.

Shikha 18-November-2010

The new TVC for Electrolux focuses on the user-friendly appliances that are so simple to use that one can easily multi-task. It features actor Sonam Kapoor, who is shown as a modern day woman who is able to accomplish several tasks at one go, thanks to the Electrolux appliances.

Shikha 16-November-2010

Star One has chalked out some aggressive plans to beef up its programming. The channel is planning to go six days a week with all its shows by November 20, 2010. This apart, the channel has also lined up four new shows. Launched in 2004, not much action had been seen on the Star One front in the past couple of years.

Shikha 10-November-2010

A comparatively new player in the English movie genre, WB faces tough competition from the likes of HBO and Star Movies. However, the channel is happy with its growth so far. Media planners say that the channel is on the right track, but feel that it can do much better.

Shikha 09-November-2010

One of the most respectable names in the news media industry, MCCS’ Editor Shazi Zaman has a very simple way of viewing the business. In an exclusive conversation with exchange4media, Zaman speaks on how he views content, its nuances and the very controversial ‘TRPs’.

Shikha 06-November-2010

Vivek Law, National Editor, CNBC TV 18, has called it quits to join Bloomberg UTV as Editor according to reliable industry sources. Law assumes his new role from November 1, 2010 and will be based out of Mumbai.

Shikha 28-October-2010

Who said election was only serious business? As Hindi news channels gear for Bihar Elections, they prove once again that entertainment or elections, some characters can travel across genre. And hence we have Peepli Live’s Natha, Dabangg-inspired Chulbul Pandey and Bigg Boss title borrowed shows as election faces for some channels.

Shikha 27-October-2010

WelcomHeritage Hotels has assigned its creative mandate to Crayons. The win follows a multiagency pitch. The in house ITC agency was handling the creative duties before this. The account size could not be ascertained at the time of filing the report.

Shikha 27-October-2010

Whether it was the return of the original host or Sony’s sudden turn of fate or the sheer time gap since it was last seen, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ has emerged as the highest rated show amongst recently launched big-ticket properties with an opening TRP of 6.2 TVR. KBC allowed Sony to catapult to the number three spot without any support from movies or events.

Shikha 21-October-2010

MetLife India Insurance is on the lookout for a creative agency to handle it advertising duties. The insurance company has already invited a few agencies to make the first round presentations.

Shikha 18-October-2010

Bringing in the laughs, it seems, is paying rich dividends to channels like SAB TV and Mastiii. SAB has been outdoing channels like Imagine and STAR One. On the other hand, Mastiii’s mix of music served up with some comedy is also working. The question, however, is has there been enough experimentation in the comedy genre or is there still untapped potential here?

Shikha 14-October-2010

The opening ceremony of the 19th CWG in Delhi hogged prime news spots on all mediums and won much international and domestic praise. However, the ratings for the opening ceremony on DD1 and DD Sports do not match all that hype. Planners state that the opening numbers are way below expectations.

Shikha 11-October-2010

Ramsai Panchapakesan has quit Maxus as Investment Director, CTG. He is joining Etv Network as AGM, Marketing, North. This will be his second stint with Etv Network, where he will be reporting to K Subramanyam, VP, Marketing.

Shikha 08-October-2010