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  • 02 Apr 2007

    KTV booted out of Japan’s NAB

    Tokyo - National Association of Japanese Commercial Broadcasters (Minporen) has expelled Kansai Telecasting Corp. (KTV), after revelations that bogus scientific data was used in its quiz/variety show Hakkutsu Aruaru Daijiten II (Encyclopedia of Living II) in January. An investigation uncovered 16 cases of questionable data used in the program, mostly on health and dietary effects of various foodstuffs.... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    Gakken Index brings Granada Broadband to IPTV in Japan

    Tokyo / London– Gakken Index Corporation has acquired rights to 400 hours of Granada International's programming to supply to major IPTV services in Japan. Branded Granada Broadband, the content includes Agatha Christie's Poirot, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe, Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Tales of the Unexpected and The Worst Witch. Gakken Index will also create digital versions of the programmes, market the service and develop Japanese versions of new shows to launch on IPTV servers.... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    J:COM undergoes restructuring

    Tokyo Multiple system operator (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) has appointed new board members and undergone an internal reorganization approved by shareholders. J:COM's new board is led by Tomoyuki Moriizumi, President & CEO and Mineo Fukuda, Executive Vice President & COO ... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    Media Prima completes acquisition of Big Tree Outdoor

    Kuala Lumpur- Shareholders of Media Prima Berhad (MPB), Malaysia's dominant broadcaster, have approved the acquisition of Big Tree Outdoor Sdn Bhd (BTO), the country's leading out of home advertising company. MPB had announced it would acquire BTO for RM140.6 million (US$40.7 million). BTO will spearhead MPB's expansion into outdoor following MPB's recent acquisitions of outdoor companies UPD Sdn Bhd and The Right Channel Sdn Bhd.... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    Jain departing Disney India

    Mumbai- Rajat Jain, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited is leaving to pursue new opportunities after spending almost three years with Disney.  Andy Bird, President, Walt Disney International said, "Rajat came in at the very start and has laid a strong foundation for growth for The Walt Disney Company in India. International expansion and growth of the Disney brand in India is a key priority. We see enormous opportunity to accelerate the growth of our Indian business to its next chapter in this exciting region."... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    Laureen Ong succeeds Steve Askew as STAR’s Chief Operating Officer

    Hong Kong Laureen Ong will join STAR as Chief Operating Officer in June 2007 to replace Steve Askew, who resigned for personal reasons. Ong reports to Paul Aiello, Chief Executive Officer of STAR, and will support STAR's expansion of its content portfolio across all platforms in its key Asian markets.... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    FremantleMedia Australia rejigs management

    Sydney- FremantleMedia Australia has appointed five new executives as part of a senior management restructure orchestrated by Chief Executive Mark Fennessy and Chief Operating Officer Carl Fennessy.... Read More

  • 02 Apr 2007

    Jane Smith plants a new Seed

    Sydney- Jane Smith, former Chief Executive of the New South Wales Film and Television Office, has joined Seed Australia, the production company headed by Hugh Jackman, John Palermo and Deborra-lee Furness. Smith, who signs on Vice President, will work with Lisa Shaunessy in developing projects for Seed with the principals/founders.... Read More

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  • 01 Apr 2007

    Higher learning On-air, on-line and on-the-ground, industry partners are joining forces to heighten awareness of High- Definition TV.

    Improving the viewer experience? Or simply selling more HD TV sets and services? It’s hard not to be cynical when take-up of HD doesn’t come cheap. Apart from needing an HD-ready TV set, currently starting at over US$700, HD set-top boxes are around $200, and, in Singapore for example, StarHub’s HD Plus service costs around $10 per month for two channels: Discovery HD and National Geographic Channel – on top of subscribing to a minimum of 3 StarHub Digital Cable Basic Groups. No amount of telling the consumer that ‘the switch from SD (standard definition) to HD will be as transformational to the viewing experience as the transition from black and white to colour’ is going to convince viewers to hand-over the best part of $1,000. In fact if this contributor had a dollar for every time she’s heard that phrase of late, her own personal HDTV fund would be coming on quite nicely. But cynicism aside, there’s no doubt that sports will prove a considerable driver of HDTV in the months to come, given that the Beijing Olympics 2008 are to be offered in HD.... Read More

  • 01 Apr 2007

    M&A’s predicted for Hong Kong media industry

    Prognostications for the electronic media markets of Hong Kong could hardly be rosier—and that could spark more M&A activity.... Read More

  • 01 Apr 2007

    MIP AHOY!

    An expected 12,000 professionals will arrive at MIPTV hoping to win some of the expected US$4 billion worth of business. Television Asia hears from the selling end at the annual audiovisual and digital content fiesta in Cannes... Read More

  • 01 Apr 2007

    Mixed fortunes for Hindi entertainment

    India’s Star Plus has restored some of its lost sheen following the return of Kaun Banega Crorepati earlier this year. Ritesh Gupta takes the pulse of the Hindi general entertainment genre... Read More

  • 01 Apr 2007

    Local content still in its prime

    Surveys of the top 10 shows in the region demonstrate that audiences still overwhelmingly prefer shows made in their home country or elsewhere in Asia, but Western game show and reality formats are still in vogue in some markets.... Read More

  • 01 Apr 2007

    Taboo TV

    Everyone knows that sex sells, and while it’s available on the streets of many an Asian city, the legal distribution of adult content is still a long way off in many markets. But, asks Magz Osborne, what opportunities do new media platforms hold for adult entertainment?... Read More

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