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February 28, 2011

Deported Chinese woman was journalist, not spy: Govt

The government today said a Chinese woman, reportedly deported last month, was a journalist and there was no evidence about her being a spy as some media reports had suggested, according to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report. "There was indeed a case of a Chinese lady who had met some of these (Naga) leaders. But on investigation, we were not able to establish that she was a spy," home minister P Chidambaram said in reply to supplementaries. "She claimed to be a journalist. There was no... MORE
February 7, 2011

Mamata names two Kolkata Metro stations after journalists

Two stations of the proposed new Kolkata Metro Railway line will be named after journalists Barun Sengupta and Gour Kishore Ghosh, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday, according to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). "The stations at Science City and Chingrighata of the new Metro Railway line between Kavi Subhas in South 24 Parganas and Dum Dum airport in North 24 Parganas will be named after journalists Barun Sengupta and Gour Kishore Ghosh," said Banerjee at Salt Lake in the... MORE
December 7, 2010

Al-Jazeera English gets permission to broadcast in India

Broadcaster Al Jazeera said Tuesday its English language service has got a downlink license to broadcast in India. Cable and satellite companies in India will be able to add Al-Jazeera English to their channel line-ups after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting granted the licence, the Qatar-based broadcaster said in a statement. "This is an exciting breakthrough that has been in the works for several years, and we are extremely pleased that Al-Jazeera English's groundbreaking news and... MORE
July 3, 2010

Journalist discharging duty cannot be subjected to humiliation, says Madras HC

A journalist discharging his/her professional duties cannot be subjected to humiliation or ill-treatment by police merely because something has been written against them, the Madras High Court has observed. Quashing a 'history sheet' opened against M Rajkumar, reporter of Udzal Echerrikkai magazine and a publisher, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar on Friday held that if any damage was caused to a police officer's reputation, it was open to the person to claim damages or initiate appropriate legal... MORE
July 2, 2010

India leads in ad spend growth across 12 major markets in Asia Pacific: Nielsen

Driven by strong economic performances and rapidly improving consumer confidence levels in the first quarter of 2010, main media (television, newspaper and magazine) advertising activity in India surged by 32 per cent, the highest growth amongst the 12 Asia Pacific markets covered in the Nielsen Company's survey on media spends. Overall across the 12 markets, media spends grew by 18 per cent. For the first quarter since Q3 2008, all 12 markets across the region recorded strong to bullish ad... MORE
June 17, 2010

Paid news: Election Commission directs poll authorities to monitor media

Expressing concern over the alarming proportion of paid news in the Indian media, the Election Commission on Thursday directed officials to closely monitor poll-related media reports. In a communication to the state election commissions, the Election Commission of India described paid news as a serious electoral malpractice, Asia News International (ANI) has reported. "The recent phenomenon of paid news, which is assuming alarming proportion as a serious electoral malpractice, has been causing... MORE
May 18, 2010

Lok Sabha TV catches up with private news channels

In Delhi, Lok Sabha TV (LSTV) recently equalled the television ratings (TVR) of prominent news channels such as CNBC 18, Headlines Today and CNN-IBN, according to TAM India rating agency, according to the Hindu Businessline . The details: [ Link ] With a TRP of .01, LSTV's viewership was higher than several international channels such as BBC and CNN. Similar ratings were recorded in Mumbai, where LSTV matched popular news channel NDTV 24X7. Going by the ratings, people are warming up to LSTV,... MORE
May 12, 2010

Govt constitutes 7-member committee on TRP system mechanism

The Government on Wednesday constituted a seven-member committee headed by FICCI general secretary Amit Mitra to suggest a robust television rating point (TRP) system mechanism. The committee would review the existing TRP system in India and suggest measures to bring in place an effective mechanism for a transparent TRP system in the country, the Press Trust of India has reported. It will submit its report within three months from the date of its first meeting, an official statement by the... MORE
May 5, 2010

Jagran to buy Mid-Day's print business

Jagran Prakashan, the publishers of Dainik Jagran , will take over all the print businesses of Mid-Day Multimedia, which publishes the afternoon tabloid Mid-Day , the Hindu Businessline has reported. According to the agreement announced on Wednesday, a Mid-Day shareholder will get two shares of Jagran for every seven owned in the company. Mid-Day's publication business operated by its arm, Mid-Day Infomedia, comprises the afternoon daily with four editions, Sunday Mid-Day , Gujarati Mid-Day ,... MORE
May 3, 2010

Govt mulling over a Broadcasting Authority of India

The government is mulling over the formation of a Broadcasting Authority of India, which would address broadcast related issues, agencies have reported. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said that, "While content regulation is a subject on which the government has been holding discussions with broadcasters, we are looking at setting up an authority for addressing issues related to broadcasting... like the roll-out of third phase of FM radio stations, FDI in the broadcasting... MORE