Sakshi, a Telugu news channel claiming to be the country’s first HDTV channel, has started full-fledged operations. This 24-hour free-to-air channel is promoted by Jagati Publications of which YS Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Andhra Chief Minister YS Rajashekhara Reddy, is the Chairman.
Entertainment conglomerate PVR Ltd has entered into a joint venture with Major Cineplex Group, a leading Thai player with expertise in running bowling alleys and allied entertainment activities, to launch Blue-O brand bowling facilities across India. PVR has 51 per cent stake in the joint venture.
‘Chauthi Duniya’, a Hindi weekly broadsheet paper that ran successfully for six years till 1992, is being revived from January-end 2009. The Sunday broadsheet is being relaunched by Antriksh Publication, also runs a daily, ‘Afternoon’, from Mumbai. The group is also planning to launch a Delhi edition of ‘Afternoon’ in the coming year.
After a spate of religious channels, it is now the turn of a spiritual music channel, Divya, to hit the airwaves. This 24-hour free-to-air channel has been launched from Chandigarh by Divya Broadcasting Network Pvt Ltd. Divya claims to be the first and only spiritual music channel that has the look and feel of a mainline music channel.
A unique three-day festival of short films, Filmbooth 2008, is getting underway in Delhi on December 19. The festival is being organised by Forum for Films. Planned on the lines of LA Shortfests, The Manhattan Shorts, NY Shorts, the event aims at bringing together short films from across the country.
A special interest bilingual (English & Hindi) magazine on immigration – ‘Immigration Today’ – was launched on December 17, 2008. Priced at Rs 35, the 56-page magazine is being initially distributed in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, besides Canada, England, Europe and Dubai. Brought out by First Immigration Publishers Pvt Ltd, this monthly magazine is published from Jalandhar.
Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network, has been unanimously been elected as President of Editors’ Guild of India. Sardesai is the first ever TV editor to be elected to this post. The Week’s Sachidananda Murthy has been re-elected General Secretary, while India TV’s Rohit Bansal is the treasurer.
Delhi-based Sadhna News, which runs a Madhya Pradesh-Chattisgarh centric 24-hour Hindi news channel, is set to launch another regional news channel in Hindi centered on Bihar-Jharkhand on December 20. This will be the third Bihar-centric channel after Sahara Samay Bihar and ETV Bihar.
Ashish Kaul, Group Chief Operating Officer, BAG Films & Media, has put in his papers. Kaul has bid adieu to the Delhi-based media Group less than six months of joining it. Kaul had joined BAG Films & Media in April 2008 after a decade-long association with Zee Network.
The Tribune strengthened its presence in the North Indian market with the launch of its edition in Dehradun on October 20. This is the sixth new edition launched by the paper in the last five years and the second one this year after the launch of its Jammu edition in January.
Parvez Ahmed, the outgoing Vice-President of the Press Club of India, has been elected as the new President of the Club for the year 2008-09 in the elections held on October 19. Pushpendra Kulshrestha was re-elected as Secretary General. Jayanta Bhattacharya of Times Now and Narendra Bhalla of Hindi Outlook have been elected as Vice-Presidents.
Doordarshan has lined up a new devotional series, ‘Guru Manyo Granth’, to commemorate 300 years of Gurta Gaddi Divas of Siri Guru Granth Sahib. The seven-part daily series goes on air on DD National (DD1) from October 24 at 8.30 pm and will cover the entire history and philosophy of Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
Two new persons, Retd Major General Utpal Chattopadhayay and journalist Sunil Dang, have been inducted as part time members on the Prasar Bharati Board on October 16. They have come in place of Chitra Mudgil and ML Mehta. The other part time members on the Board are RN Bisaria, Sunil Kapoor, George Verghese and Mamata Shanker.
Organised laundry business in India is set for a major boost with Wardrobe launching its operations in Delhi with an aim of setting up a pan-India network of an ultra modern chain of dry cleaning and laundry stores. The company will be investing Rs 150 crore over the next five years on expanding the operations to 1,000 retail outlets in 30 cities.
National Housing Bank (NHB), wholly-owned by Reserve Bank of India, has invited applications from INS accredited advertising agencies for empanelment with it. The eligibility critera for ad agencies include full accreditation of INS, Advertising Council of India for press advertisement, and Prasar Bharti accreditation for electronic media ads.
The resignation of Deepak Chaurasia, who had put in his papers last week, as Executive Editor at Aaj Tak, has not been accepted by the TV Today management. exchange4media has learnt that a final decision on the resignation would be taken after Aroon Purie, who is currently out of India, returns on June 21.
With Punya Prasoon Bajpai, former Channel Head of Sahara Samay, joining as Consulting Editor, Zee News is all set for a relaunch, repositioning itself as a serious and sensible news channel. Bajpai has been specially inducted to add punch to the new direction that Zee News would be taking following its relaunch. He would be directly reporting to Group Editor, BV Rao.