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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Govt goes all out to make PM's first radio broadcast a success

Himanshi Dhawan,TNN | Sep 30, 2014, 06.54 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The government is pulling out all stops to make PM Narendra Modi's first radio broadcast "mann ki baat" a success with the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry urging all news channels, FM radio stations and community radio stations to take the feed from All India Radio. 

The ministry will be issuing alerts to publicize the broadcast through advertisements and the public broadcaster. The radio broadcast will be on October 3 at 11 am with a repeat telecast later in the evening and will be available in several regional languages, according to sources. 

PM Modi's first radio address on October 3 may dominate broadcasting space

Last Updated: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 23:54

Narendra Modi's radio address on October 3 may dominate broadcasting space

PM Modi's radio address may dominate broadcasting space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first radio address, to be carried on October 3 on All India Radio, may dominate the entire broadcasting space as audio and visuals could be provided to all FM and community radio stations as well as news and current affairs TV channels.

Officials said the programme titled 'Man ki Baat' may be recorded on October 2 by All India Radio's staff.

The programme will be broadcast on the entire AIR network at 11 am on October 3 while Doordarshan is planning to carry the contents of the programme along with suitable footage, they said.

'Man Ki Baat': PM Modi's First Radio Address on October 3


All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 29, 2014 21:43 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first radio address, to be carried on October 3 on All India Radio, may dominate the entire broadcasting space as audio and visuals are likely to be carried on all FM and community radio stations along with news and current affairs TV channels.

Officials said the programme titled 'Man ki Baat' may be recorded on October 2.

The programme will be broadcast on the entire AIR network at 11 am on October 3 while Doordarshan is planning to carry the contents of the programme along with suitable footage, officials added.

Sources said the public service broadcasters are planning to provide the audio feed and visuals free of cost to all private radio channels as well as news and current affairs channels which express interest in the footage.

Monday, September 29, 2014

PM Narendra Modi wants to know what Twiteratti think of the government


Monday, 29 September 2014 - 6:02am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

witter, Facebook and YouTube are not the only players in the web-space that are analysing trends and improvising. Modi government has also taken to trending on social media in a big way to know how the government is performing.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has set up a system of weekly analysis reports to know what is emerging on the social media about him and his government. The exercise being performed by the ministry of information and broadcasting under the new media cell (NMC) and before going to the PMO is also vetted by the union home ministry.

Sources said the exercise is being done to gauge the mood of the public on announcements, schemes that various ministries engage in and the impact of the utterances made by the ministers or leaders and on the basis of it understand what are the emerging strengths and pitfalls for the government and on that basis nuance the strategy of the government.

Compete with Private Channels: Venkaiah to DD

Published: 28th September 2014 06:01 AM

VIJAYAWADA: Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu has asked the Doordarshan to improve its quality to compete with private channels especially in providing news at the earliest without making any compromise on credibility.

Speaking at the DD Saptagiri channel rededication programme here Saturday, he said that DD was protecting its credibility in presenting news with accuracy. On the other hand, he appealed to the private news channels not to sensationalise news.
Venkaiah Naidu pointed out that within three months of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the truncated AP state had got its separate DD channel Saptagiri and an upgraded DD TV studio.

Maintain standards, Venkaiah tells private broadcasters

VIJAYAWADA, September 28, 2014, V. RAGHAVENDRA
onopoly of AIR, DD was over long ago: Chandrababu

Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu exhorted All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) to adapt to the changing trends and try to report news as speedily as private media organisations do while maintaining standards.

He appealed to private television channels to desist from making news sensational as they could withstand competition only by winning credibility but not by scrambling for TRPs.

Addressing the inaugural function of DD Saptagiri channel here on Saturday, Mr. Naidu said the good old days when people used to converge at public places to listen to AIR news and watch DD at homes were gone but they were not completely out of reckoning as they were still known for values and standards. However, the public sector broadcasters have to make necessary changes in their content and ensure that they kept pace with the private channels.

He appealed to the private channels to be realistic in disseminating information and news which should productively engage people. "Some programmes on television, which become an inseparable part of our lives, spoil our minds. Their impact is so profound that they drive people to commit suicide", he observed and suggested due priority should be given to development news. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu thanked Mr. Venkaiah Naidu for his efforts in getting DD station to be set up in the capital of Andhra Pradesh, which he said was a good beginning for the establishment of many such government institutions and organisations in the capital city.

Saying that AIR and DD were 'original brands' of Indian media, he reminded that these were not the days of their monopoly as more than 800 television channels have come up across the country and making the competition hotter were Facebook and Twitter.

PM Narendra Modi's All India Radio initiative 'Man Ki Bat' to cover a billion-plus Indians; New Media Cell to monitor social networking sites


Monday, 29 September 2014 - 4:55am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

The Narendra Modi government is planning a two-pronged approach to reach out to the rural as well as the urban population. While a New Media Cell (NMC), to be set up under the I&B ministry, will gauge the mood of the urban public through social media sites, the PMO is planning to tap All India Radio (AIR) to reach out to a billion-plus Indians.

The AIR programme, likely to be called 'Man Ki Baat', will go on air from October 3. Later, Modi may get answer citizens' questions directly as he did during his address on Teachers' Day, said sources. It's likely to be a fortnightly or weekly programme, sources said.

Ironically, the decision to create NMC was taken by the UPA government in August 2013, but it could hardly derive any benefit from it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Doordarshan to dedicate DD Saptagiri to AP


VIJAYAWADA, September 26, 2014

Doordarshan will dedicate DD Saptagiri channel to Andhra Pradesh on September 27. Incidentally, Doordarshan will be the first public sector organisation to launch a dedicated satellite channel for Andhra Pradesh.

The channel will continue to be known as 'DD Saptagiri', while Doordarshan Telangana will have a new name of 'DD Yadagiri' from September27. The names were finalised by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in consultation with the Chief Ministers of both States. 

DD Bharati Announces Latest Offerings


September 26, 2014

The shows are around the festive season of Navratri and other regular offering.

DD Bharati, the art and culture channel of Doordarshan, has announced the launch of new shows.

The channel is launching 'Jewels of Hindustani Classical Music', a programme curated from archives of Hindustani vocal and instrumental musicians who are living legends. The first telecast is at 9 pm today, with a repeat telecast at 5 am and 1 pm. The episode will feature Parveen Sultana of the Patiala Gharana followed by Vidushi Kishori Amonkar of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana.

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DD to launch exclusive Telugu channel for residuary Andhra Pradesh


Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 7:50pm IST | Place: Andhra Pradesh | Agency: PTI

Doordarshan's regional language channel for residuary Andhra Pradesh would be launched in Vijayawada, the proposed capital region of the State, on September 27.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would launch the channel, Doordarshan Saptagiri, in the presence of Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar (Information & Broadcasting) and M Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development), an official release said today.

Kashmir floods or play field for journalists

By Adfar Shah

Ferocious floods recently hit Kashmir through continuous rains spread over a period of seven days sequentially inundating South, Central and North Kashmir. Fourteen breaches on the bunds of Jhelum River filled the areas starting from Pantha Chowk to Bemina with areas such as Batwara, Indra Nagar, Sonwar, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Dal Gate, Lal Chowk, Press Colony, Gogji Bagh and so on. Civil administration was so foxed and paralysed that except for holding meetings, the Chief Minister and his government handed over the situation to Army and other rescue agencies while personally acting as a volunteer. Besides the opposition brigade had not much role to play except creating space for themselves.

Having said that, Kashmir floods became a perfect narrative for a typical television story. Visuals to drive anyone in pain and dismay were shown continuously. So literally September 4, onwards here it was - Kashmir floods becoming the play ground for Delhi breed of journalists. The who's who of all television channels was desperate to be seen in Srinagar at least.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From news to views


Updated: September 24, 2014 20:53 IST 

News reader, actor and stage performer S. Varadharajen talks about his chequered career

There was a time when news anchors had a huge fan following. From the commanding tone of Tamizhanban to the powerful voice of Shobana Ravi, each one had a distinct identity. With his pleasing demeanour and tremendous voice clarity, S. Varadharajen is one of the few to etch his name in the higher echelons of news reading on Doordarshan's Tamil channel. He is better known as 'TV' Varadharajen.

His voice was so gratifying that once actor Rajnikanth specifically wanted Varadharajen to read a news bulletin for his film Arunachalam. "I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he asked for my voice," he says. With that came string of opportunities to read news bulletins in films.

"I also have the dubious distinction of reading the obits of famous personalities. When famous actor and singer K.B. Sundarambal died, I was glad that I was not on duty. But then I got a call from my colleague Shobana Ravi to substitute her as she was not well," he laughs.

PM Narendra Modi pilots live radio show to reach the masses


Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 9:40pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: Reuters

India's Twitter-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi is turning to the country's oldest radio station to make his voice heard even in the farthest Himalayan hamlets and most distant deserts.

On October 3, Modi will go live on public service All India Radio (AIR) from New Delhi for about 50 minutes, in a pilot of a show he hopes will become a weekly opportunity to reach up to two-thirds of India's 1.2 billion people.

The maiden radio broadcast, announced on the website, will be quickly translated into 24 Indian languages and 16 foreign ones. "We are still working on how to get everything arranged," said a senior official at the radio station known for news broadcasts delivered in a cut-glass English accent.

"None of the prime ministers in the last three decades have used our services in this manner."

Soon, Modi may be beamed live on DD, AIR straight from 7 RCR

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 25, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's October 3 address on All India Radio may mark the beginning of a new trend that would see him frequently turning to state broadcasters for communicating with the public on key issues.

The Modi government's communication strategy of relying more on state-owned media has got Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR) all tuned up though DD continues to battle for autonomy apart from staffing problems and resource allocation.

Power of radio: Fever FM facilitates J&K rescue operations

The radio station helped reunite several people separated from their families during the devastating floods

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | September 24, 2014

Since the time private FM radio stations mushroomed across the length and breadth of the country, detractors have had more than one reason to dismiss it as yet another entertainment platform that is all gloss and no glory.
But young Gul and Manasha will always remember radio as that uncredited sidekick which played a pivotal role in their lives. Stuck in the devastating floods of Jammu & Kashmir, when Manasha got separated from her younger sister Gul and her family, she found an unlikely saviour in the team of Fever 104 FM. Their whereabouts were relayed to the Western Air Command PRO by the radio station, and, in a few hours, Manasha was reunited with her family.
The story of Gul and Manasha is a testimony that when a radio station decides to swim against the current and do what is intrinsic to its DNA – be a medium of mass communication – it brings about a change that was not fathomed, even by the most dedicated loyalists of the medium.

AIR braves floodwaters in J&K

Posted on: 24/09/2014 06:18 PM   Chandni Mathur

MUMBAI: Though a major chunk of metro listeners have shunned All India Radio for private FM, the public radio broadcaster has proved its mettle by braving the raging floodwaters in Jammu & Kashmir for the past few weeks.

September 2014 was when the picturesque J&K region was hit by torrential rainfall which led to the worst floods in 60 years in the region. The rising waters slowly broke down the mediums of communication which also included Radio Kashmir that never went silent in the last six decades.

Even when the flood hit the state, AIR was constantly providing updated information to aid in the rescue of people. However, it too was not spared the flood's rage and the entire AIR building was submerged in water.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How India Mounted the World’s Cheapest Mission to Mars


If India's Mangalyaan space probe successfully enters an orbit around Mars on Wednesday, the country will have made history – twice.

It will be the only nation so far to reach Mars on its first attempt. It will also have spent the least amount of money to do so.

India's Mars mission has a price tag of about $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million cost of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's latest Mars program.

A success would be an important advertisement for a business India hopes to enter: sending satellites and spacecraft aloft at a fraction of the cost of U.S. and European competitors.

In June, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi boasted that India has spent less to reach Mars than Hollywood producers spent on the movie "Gravity," which cost $100 million to make.

Doordarshan Appoints Tauquir Zaidi as Head - Network Sales


September 24, 2014

Zaidi's top priority is to develop a promotional strategy that will help the business identify its core target markets and set measurable goals to multiply revenue.
Doordarshan, the 55-year-old public broadcaster, has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Tauquir Zaidi as head - Network Sales. He will be based at Doordarshan's Delhi office.
Zaidi will help develop creative approaches towards sales and customer service. His top priority is to develop a promotional strategy and help the business identify its core target markets thereby setting measurable goals to multiply revenue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share ideas through radio programme


By Press Trust of India @indiacom | September 23, 2014 9:49 PM 

PM to connect with people through radio on Oct 3

New Delhi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will connect with people via a radio programme that will be held on October 3 on the Vijaya Dashmi day. "Received many ideas and suggestions for my forthcoming radio programme. Have decided to hold the first programme on 3rd October at 11:00 AM," Modi said in a post on social networking site 'twitter'. In another tweet in Hindi, Modi said "3 October ko aap sabhi se radio par kuch man ki baatein karunga" (On 3rd October, I will share some of my thoughts with all of you).

The programme is expected to be broadcast by All India Radio. The radio programme comes days after the Prime Minister's address on the Teacher's day was telecast across the country. On September 17, after two busy and eventful days in Gujarat, the Prime Minister had spent over an hour personally replying to people who greeted him on his birthday. The Prime Minister is also expected to share his thoughts on a variety of issues during the upcoming radio programme. "A separate Open Forum has been created on MyGov for citizens to share their comments for the forthcoming radio programme: http://mygov.Nic.In/groupissue/pm-on-radio-on-3rd-october-2014 -at-1100-am/show," an official statement said.

Face new challenges everyday : Jawhar Sircar


Shares Jawhar Sircar, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati and Secretary to the
Government of India. In an interview to Tushar Jain, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, he
encourages change and talks about the challenges faced by the national and India's largest
public service broadcaster and the path to conquer them

The Prasar Bharati Act has been in the limelight for quite sometime. What's your take on it?
The Prasar Bharati Act is modelled on public service broadcasting acts of the world like the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the NHK of Japan, and Public Service Broadcasting, USA. Whenever a change is enacted, achieving a mission takes precedence over the commercial aspect. With our initiative of setting up radio stations in remote areas, we don't expect 'FM returns'. Every organisation has two set of people— one who welcome change, and the other, who are not as welcoming. The major challenge lies in devising a way out which is best for an organisation since everyone cannot be satisfied.

How does Prasar Bharati reach out to the youth?
We began programmes like 'Lunch time variety' and 'Yuvawani' when we were new to the radio, but lost the plot somewhere down the line. Then came FM Rainbow and FM Gold. We are very particular about the kind of language we use keeping the Act
in mind. There are other ways of reaching out to the youth, such as social media. We have been on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube since six months. It is important to connect to youth in their own language.

AIR receives appreciation for programmes supporting people of flood hit Jammu and Kashmir

Tuesday 23rd September, 2014

AIR receives appreciation for programmes supporting people of flood hit Jammu and Kashmir

AIR receives appreciation for programmes supporting people of flood hit Jammu and Kashmir

AIR receives appreciation for programmes supporting people of flood hit Jammu and Kashmir

AIR receives appreciation for programmes supporting people of flood hit Jammu and Kashmir

All India Radio (AIR) has been receiving a deluge of messages cutting across sections of the society for carrying out programmes in support of rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities in flood hit Jammu and Kashmir.
Right after the resumption of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar's FM station from its makeshift studios at Shankaracharya Hills and then of Medium Wave transmitter at Narbal, it has been airing vital information related with disaster management and rehabilitation; helpline numbers were also announced.

Besides, many regular broadcasts including some special audience programmes have been restored to bring solace to suffering people of flood ravaged Kashmir.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

डीडी बिहार के लिए ऑडिशन आज


Publish Date:Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:05 PM (IST) | Updated Date:Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:05 PM (IST)

जासं, धनबाद : दूरदर्शन (डीडी बिहार) की ओर से मंगलवार को टैलेंट हंट शो का आयोजन किया जा रहा है। मंगलवार को हाउंसिंग कालोनी बरटांड़ स्थित मंत्रा एंटरटेनमेंट एंड एकेडमी में सुबह नौ बजे से नृत्य और गायन का ऑडिशन होगा। इसमें पांच वर्ष से लेकर 65 वर्ष तक के प्रतिभागी हिस्सा ले सकते हैं। यह जानकारी डीडी बिहार के संजय सिंह एवं केडी ने दी।

Doordarshan gears up for Modi's US trip

New Delhi, September 22, 2014

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on his first US visit, his government's official media and ministries are leaving no stones unturned to cover it at an unprecedented level.
From a special documentary on PM's pet project to clean River Ganga to capturing public reactions at New York's iconic Times Square—the government and its agencies are keen to explore different angles of the mega event that has already generated huge interest on the American soil.

Jammu and Kashmir 's All India Radio commenced normal medium wave broadcasts

RnM Team    22 Sep 14 17:25 IST

MUMBAI: All India Radio stations in Jammu and Kashmir has now resumed normal medium wave service. It had earlier began beaming to an extent amid the floods, to send out vital life saving information to the people.

All the special audience programmes including the live shows with experts have been restored, including the outstation broadcasting segments and music broadcasts.

German Embassy music concert for Kashmir relief aid, Live on Doordarshan


The German Embassy will organise a music concert on September 23 (Tuesday).

Addressing a press conference, German Ambassador Steiner said that the concert will be live telecast on Doordarshan. The concert will feature Kashmir music masteros.

Monday, September 22, 2014

AIR adds five Indic languages to its free news alerts via SMS service; More planned

By Manish Singh on Sep 22nd, 2014

After launching text updates for news via SMS in English last year, All India Radio has extended the service to include 5 regional languages including Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri, and Nepali, reports AIR. Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said that more regional languages added to the service over the coming years. The SMS service was initially launched in September 2013.

Speaking at the launch, Javadekar said that messages need also to be sent in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali and Oriya, although he agreed that SMS scripts might be an issue. For those who are interested, one can sign up to the service from its website, or alternatively they can also send an SMS to 7738299899. Importantly, notifications via texts are also free from any data charges. Teleanalysis points out that the SMS service already has 300,000 subscribers.

Modi govt tells netas to break news on state-run media

Aaj Tak   |   Mail Today  |   New Delhi, September 21, 2014 | UPDATED 09:16 IST

The BJP-led NDA government has decided to shut out private news channels and give preference to state-run broadcasters to cover events like the prime minister's foreign visits and exclusive interviews by ministers.

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka sent a letter in this regard on Saturday to the directors and joint directors handling the media in every ministry.

Pepper Rehabilitation Project to be Launched in Kannur Dist

Published: 22nd September 2014 06:06 AM

KANNUR : Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Panniyur, here will start a participatory pepper rehabilitation project in the district in four panchayats next week and would launch a new initiative to encourage farmers to start mini nurseries in their homesteads to find a solution to the scarcity of pepper seedlings.

Dr P Jayaraj, programme coordinator of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, said that the project would be launched next week in Naduvil, Kurumathoor, Chengalayi and Sreekandapuram panchayats.


Officials to undergo training for dealing with news media

Arup Roychoudhury | New Delhi | Published: Sep 22 2014, 00:48 IST

The training programme, to be conducted by the information and broadcasting ministry, will focus on effectively disseminating the government's policy measures and achievements to the media

The Modi government, perceived to be very cautious in its handling of the media, has drawn up a plan to trumpet its achievements more effectively than the previous regime whose image took a big hit in the last leg of its tenure.
According to government sources, in a unique exercise, selected senior officials from the key economic and infrastructure ministries are set to soon undergo training on how to communicate with the media. The training programme, to be conducted by the information and broadcasting ministry, will focus on effectively disseminating the government's policy measures and achievements to the media.

‘Classical music, a form of Bhakti’


Updated: September 21, 2014 11:41 IST 

Manda Pratyusha Sruthi Ravali speaks about the deep layers of philosophy and emotions behind every Raga

When Manda Pratyusha Sruthi Ravali speaks about the deep layers of philosophy and emotions behind every Raga like an accomplished Carnatic music artiste, it is hard to imagine that she is just 22. "Classical music is a form of 'Bhakti' or devotion. It is an expression of believing in what you are doing, a form of concentration," she says.

Only AIR, DD to air breaking news, I&B ministry tells netas

Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 22, 2014

The information and broadcasting ministry has written to all the Union ministries and departments to give all breaking news — relating to government decisions and policy initiatives — only to the state-owned All India Radio (AIR) and national broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) before private TV channels and news agencies.

"Any important announcements regarding government decisions and policy initiatives may be given to News Services Division of AIR/DD News in advance of private news channels and agencies," says a letter (HT has a copy) by I&B secretary Bimal Julka, dated September 12, 2014.

Radio connects people in flooded Jammu and Kashmir


Daily Bhaskar | Sep 21, 2014, 15:38PM IST

Radio Link Connects People in Flooded Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: In this critical time when the entire valley recently inundated by flood and is facing connectivity issues, radio is helping in locating and connecting people.
 'This message is for Mohammad Ashraf from Jawahar Nagar. If he is listening to this broadcast, please contact Radio Kashmir to inform about your well being'.
This message was aired on Radio Kashmir, which was operating from a makeshift transmitting station on Shankaracharya Hill after the local station office was inundated by flood waters.

Jammu floods: Radio link connects people in Valley, inform about well being

PTI [ Updated 21 Sep 2014, 13:05:57 ]

Srinagar: 'This message is for Mohammad Ashraf from Jawahar Nagar. If he is listening to this broadcast, please contact Radio Kashmir to inform about your well being'.

This message was aired on Radio Kashmir, which was operating from a makeshift transmitting station on Shankaracharya Hill after the local station office was inundated by flood waters.

Friday, September 19, 2014

All India Radio launches free news SMS alerts in five languages


Sep 19, 2014 at 05:01pm IST

Home: All India Radio launches News SMS service in five Indian languages

New Delhi: After the launch of its English language free news SMS alerts, All India Radio (AIR) on Friday launched a similar service in five Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched the free news SMS service of AIR News Services Division.
Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar said the SMS service aimed at providing important news to subscribers in their preferred language on their mobile phones.
All India Radio launches free news SMS alerts in five languages
All India Radio launched service in five Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali.

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Guest Times: PPV on digital cable poised to be biggest wave with DAS


Significant subscription revenues will be driven by VAS which will push subscription revenues over Rs 6 trillion crore with PPV. DAS has thrown up multiple challenges around the last mile and the mother of all challenges has been acclimatisation of LCOs

Ashish Kaul | Mumbai | September 18, 2014

The in-market subscription revenue for C&S market is likely to cross Rs 6 trillion crore by the end of the next financial year. Digitisation is going to change the subscription revenue model forever with industry entering a quasi-consumer domain for the first time since its debut in the Indian market since the first Gulf War over 20 years ago.
The subscription revenue landscape has radically changed and will continue to do so at least for next 24 months amidst serious challenges from rival DTH brethren. The industry is undergoing a metamorphosis on various fronts. The first step is to accept that the business has shifted to the consumer domain and driven entirely by consumer marketing benchmarks. The digitization has opened a whole new world of subscription revenue opportunities that didn't exist before, thus creating a win-win situation for LCOs, MSOs and Broadcasters together. The industry is on a precipice and it can either emerge as the largest consumer services and VAS driven as the largest VAS subscription revenue aggregator in the world or lose out to DTH. The industry size is expected to touch Rs 120 million C&S consumers by the end of 2015-16.

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India, China Sign Film Co-Production Treaty

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10:19 AM PST 09/18/2014 by Nyay Bhushan

The signing ceremony took place as part of the ongoing state visit of China's President Xi Jinping to India

India and China signed an audio-visual co-production treaty on Thursday which aims to bring the film industries of the two large countries together.

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Radio Kashmir keeps hope afloat, unites divided families


Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times Srinagar, September 17, 2014

Nazeer Ahmad (55), a desperate father whose daughter went missing since September 7, changed boats and buses several times to reach Srinagar from cut-off south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday. His only hope to trace her daughter was trekking the peak of the Shankar Achrya hill, east of the city.

Perched at the height of 1,000 feet above the marooned Srinagar city, the small makeshift one-room recording centre of Radio Kashmir has emerged as a single window to unite hundreds of the flood-ravaged divided families and keep the population connected with whatever remained of the administration.

"On reaching Srinagar, I trekked the hill to pass on the message of my missing daughter who studies at Srinagar's Government Medical College. Last time we spoke was Sunday, the day water took over the premises of the college. Since then there was no clue: if they were evacuated or still stuck there or met any mishap," said Ahmad.

Prasar Bharati concerned over fake social media accounts


Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  September 18, 2014 Last Updated at 22:20 IST

Fake social media accounts that are issuing information in the name of organisations connected with the Prasar Bharati have caught the attention of the country's public sector broadcaster. 

In a statement issued today, Prasar Bharati said that social media has proved to be of immense importance in allowing it to stay connected with its audience. 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

DD serial on e-governance plan


Last Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:26

New Delhi: With the aim of spreading awareness about national e-governance plan, Doordarshan has launched a television series 'Zindagi Dot Com'.

The series, produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in 39 episodes, was launched on August 17 and will be telecast every Sunday at 10 AM on Doordarshan's national network and will repeat its telcast on DD Bharati every Monday at 8.30 PM, an official statement said today.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati crippled by staff shortage as NDA delays appointments

PUBLISHED: 21:46 GMT, 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 22:56 GMT, 16 September 2014

The functioning of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has been crippled, with the NDA government delaying crucial appointments, including that of chairman.
Though the government has now appointed former journalist P.V. Suryakumar as the chairperson and head of the 13-member board, it still needs to fill the positions of seven part-time members to get the organisation back on track. 

Suryakumar succeeds Mrinal Pande as Prasar Bharati's chairperson. 

The Doordarshan Bhawan in New Delhi. DD has been without a director general since July.

आकाशवाणी इंदौर में हिन्दी पखवाड़ा सम्पन्न

इंदौर, मंगलवार, 16 सितम्बर 2014 (18:58 IST)

इंदौर। 'जब हिन्दी की गंगा ऊपर से बहेगी तो फिर वह देशभर में बहने लगेगी। आकाशवाणी, दूरदर्शन और इलेक्ट्रॉनिक मीडिया ने हिन्दी के प्रचार प्रसार में अपनी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई है।' यह बात आकाशवाणी इंदौर में 'हिन्दी दिवस' के मौके पर आयोजित 'हिन्दी पखवाड़ा' के समापन व पुरस्कार वितरण समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि जे.एस अहीरवाल (क्षेत्रीय निदेशक, कर्मचारी राज्य बीमा निगम, इंदौर) ने व्यक्त किए।

उन्होंने कहा कि आजादी के पूर्व हिन्दी ही पूरे देश में व्यवहार में आने वाली भाषा थी, इसीलिए महात्मा गांधी ने इसे राष्ट्रभाषा बनाए जाने की बात कही थी। स्वतंत्रता प्राप्ति के बाद जब देश में राजभाषा बनाए जाने का प्रश्न आया तो संविधान सभा ने 14 सितम्बर 1949 के दिन हिन्दी को ही राजभाषा के रूप में मान्य किया और तभी से हिन्दी हमारी राजभाषा है और हर 14 सितम्बर को हिन्दी दिवस मनाया जाता है।

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

उप्र: प्रदेश के दूरदराज इलाकों में रेडियो की सहायता से पहुंचेगा स्वास्थ्य विभाग

Published by: Sandeep Sharma, Published on: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 at 12:42 IST

लखनऊ। स्वास्थ्य विभाग ने उत्तर प्रदेश के दूरदराज के अंचलों में रेडियो के माध्यम से पहुंचने की तैयारी की है। सिफ्सा के तत्वावधान में चलने वाले कार्यक्रम 'चलो गांव की ओर' के तहत 'सुनहरे सपने, संवरती राहें' धारावाहिक का प्रसारण किया जाएगा। इसका उद्घाटन 24 सितंबर को किया जाएगा तथा प्रसारण एक अक्टूबर से शुरू होगा। 

महिला एवं बाल स्वास्थ्य योजनाओं को प्रदेश के ज्यादा से ज्यादा ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों तक पहुंचाने के लिए स्वास्थ्य विभाग ने अब एआईआर (आकाशवाणी) का सहारा लिया है। स्वास्थ्य योजनाओं विशेष रूप से सुरक्षित प्रसव व शिशु मृत्युदर कम करने के लिए राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण स्वास्थ्य मिशन (एनआरएचएम) ने सिफ्सा से मदद ली है। सिफ्सा के हौसला कैम्पेन के तहत 'चलो गांव की ओर' कार्यक्रम की कड़ी में इसे शामिल किया गया है। 

AIR Kashmir restarts operations after flood havoc

ANI  |  Srinagar  September 16, 2014 Last Updated at 12:47 IST

AIR Kashmir resumed operations through a makeshift studio at Shankaracharaya hills with the help of Army, after it went off air due to the recent J-K floods.

The floods in Jammu and Kashmir, besides causing a huge loss of life and property, also resulted in complete collapse of broadcast infrastructure.