udayanewsEvery business and television channel faces competition sooner or later. Competing companies generally bring in better products. But, Udaya News, the first 24x7 Kannada channel that ruled the roost for over 15 years, saw a decline as rival channels presented stories with strong views -- a la Arnab Goswami.

big boss1Joining issues with a petition presently being heard by the Supreme Court on a similar matter, the Madras High Court yesterday directed the federal government to clarify on the existing regulatory setup governing contents aired by television channels in India.

The first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder gave this direction to assistant solicitor general Su Srinivasan, who appeared for the central government, during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) to stop telecast of Tamil reality show 'Bigg Boss', hosted by actor Kamal Haasan on Vijay TV, part of Star India, according to a report filed by PTI from Chennai.

vijaytvZee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel) flagship Hindi GEC Zee TV, last week, led Hindi GECs’ in Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) list of top 10 channels across genre list.

Zee TV was the second most watched channel across genre following the Sun TV Network’s Tamil flagship GEC Sun TV and followed one rank behind by its sister FTA Hindi GEC channel Zee Anmol at third rank in week 30. This week – week 31 - Saturday, 29 July 2017 to Friday, 4 August 2017, it is Zee Anmol that stands second in BARC’s list of top 10 channels across genre list, following Sun TV and followed by Zee TV.

suntvSun TV Network Limited (Sun TV) reported improved numbers across all important parameters for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (Q1-18, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (y-o-y, Q1-17). Sun TV reported 5.2 per cent higher consolidated total income in the current quarter at Rs 8,233.8 million as compared to Rs 7,823.8 million in q1-17. Operating revenue increased 3.4 per cent to Rs 7,863.2 million in Q1`-18 from Rs 7,608.3 million in Q1-17. The board of directors of Sun TV has declared an interim dividend of Rs 2.50 per equity share of face value of Rs 5 each (50 per cent).

The company says in its earnings release that subscription revenue at Rs 2,705 million was up 15.3 per cent in Q1-18 as against Rs 2,346.8 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

cauverynewsWith nine more television channels getting clearance, the total number of permitted private television channels has risen to 890 by the end of July 2017, still far short of the claim made last year that the country will have 1500 channels by the end of March this year.

The master list issued by the government of 883 includes nine channels the permission of which was “cancelled by the ministry of information and broadcasting due to security denial by the home ministry. However, a stay order (has been granted) by (the) court.”

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