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March 15, 2011

Network, cable news in US see audience declines in 2010

The audience for network evening newscasts continued their 30-year decline in 2010, and cable news, while it has become the fourth most popular platform for news, shows signs of having peaked. That is according to a copy of the annual Project for Excellence In Journalism State of the News Media Report, which was released Monday morning. The audience for most network news programs continued to slide, mostly by single digits, but revenues at all three news divisions grew by about 6% thanks to the... MORE
December 19, 2008

Broadcasting redressal authority announces guidelines for news of emergency situations

The News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority has announced the “guidelines for telecast of news during emergency situations”. The guidelines have been “spontaneously accepted” by all 14 broadcasters running 22 news channels, the Indian Express reported. The guidelines stipulate that no ‘live’ contact can be made with perpetrators of the crime, their hostages/victims and security personnel involved during the course of the operation, no operational details can be made public... MORE
October 16, 2008

SC is upset with TV news coverage of violence, wants govt guidelines to regulate it

The Supreme Court has expressed its strong disapproval of obscenity and violence being telecast on country's TV channels and said it has become impossible for families to sit together and watch the programmes being telecast, the Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. A three-judge Bench of Justices BN Aggrawal, GS Singhvi and Aftab Alam on Wednesday granted three weeks' time to the Union government to submit its views on the fate of the proposed broadcasting bill aimed at regulating the... MORE
October 3, 2008

News broadcasters set up redress mechanism; self-regulation code comes into play

The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has set up a News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority as a measure of self-regulation. The nine-member authority will be headed by the former Chief Justice, JS Verma. Four of the other members, the Hindu reported, will be editors from different news channels and the remaining four from a category titled 'eminent persons' drawn from different walks of life. All nine members will hold office for two years. The mechanism came into effect on... MORE
June 24, 2008

Govt sets up monitoring centre to keep watch on TV channels

The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has set up a media monitoring centre to keep a watch on channel content. The ministry is expected to come out with a set of guidelines shortly even though there is no consensus on the issue between the government and private broadcasters, says a report in the Hindu . Some details: Located at the Prasar Bharati office, the Rs. 16-crore Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, can monitor over 100 televisions channels simultaneously. The centre’s main... MORE
June 19, 2008

Media revenue to hit $2.2 trillion by 2012: PwC

Global entertainment and media revenue is forecast rising by an average of 6.6 percent a year to $2.2 trillion by 2012, boosted by advertising-supported digital and mobile media and an explosion in the adoption of broadband. According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) annual forecast released on Wednesday, advertising tied to the burgeoning interest in watching videos on the Internet and on devices, such as Apple Inc's iPod, will account for 24 percent of growth in the sector and is projected... MORE
April 9, 2008

Cuba to launch TV channel with foreign content

Cuba's state-run television broadcaster will launch a 24-hour channel with mostly foreign content in a move to provide Cuban audiences with more variety, says a Reuters report. The Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, ICRT, made the announcement Wednesday last at a conference of the Cuban writers and artists guild, where intellectuals criticised the poor quality of television programming in the socialist state. Some more: ICRT vice president Luis Acosta said the new channel will feature... MORE
April 7, 2008

Network18 launches Marathi channel IBN Lokmat

Network 18 and Marathi newspaper Lokmat have launched a regional news channel, says a CNN-IBN report. Bits from the promo news item: Speaking about the new venture CNN-IBN’s Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai said, “Our aim with IBN Lokmat was to build truly a world class regional channel that will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Maharashtra but more importantly will become a sort of bridge builder between the national media and the regional media. ” IBN Lokmat is the culmination of a... MORE
March 30, 2008

Big names quit Al-Jazeera English over its alleged anti-American stand

Al-Jazeera is quite badly hit—it is facing mass departures owing to its English channel's alleged anti-American bias. Three three senior journalists have quit in recent times, more are said to be in the queue. Dave Marash, the most high-profile US journalist on Al-Jazeera's English language service, left the channel last week, attacking its narrowing world view and increasingly anti-American editorial slant. Marash said Al-Jazeera today "is not the channel that I signed up to do." Steve Clark,... MORE
March 3, 2008

TRAI to review FI limits for broadcasting sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed to review foreign investment (FI) limits in the electronic media to provide level playing field among competing technologies, says a Times of India report. The telecom regulatory has floated a consultation paper for reviewing the existing foreign investment limits in different segments of broadcasting sector. Some details of Monday's development: "Presently the policy regarding Foreign Investment (FI) is not uniform across different... MORE