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India alters cross-media ownership rules


Three giant Indian DTH players found themselves affected by media regulator TRAI’s proposed new rules yesterday, if India’s government passes the proposals into law. In essence India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) will limit vertically integrated broadcasters (such as the Zee Group, or Sun) to ‘control’ only one distribution platform operator.  Zee, for example, controls the Dish TV DTH platform as […]

Kuwait closes opposition TV channel

Kuwait’s Ministry of Information regulator has revoked the broadcast licence of the Al-Youm channel which broadcasts widely over the Middle East. The Ministry is also revoking the citizenship Ahmed al-Jabr, chairman of the channel (and also owner of the Alam al Youm newspaper which has also been proscribed). Local reports suggest that the channel, which backs certain opposition groups in […]

Broadcasting Unions unite against TV spectrum release

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) – the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe – has released an official joint position on radio spectrum allocation, stating their support to maintain the allocation of UHF frequencies (470 to 694 MHz) currently used for terrestrial TV broadcasting. The WBU says that broadcasters from all over the world […]

FilmOn faces contempt motion


A federal judge in Manhattan has said that she’s likely to hold streaming video company FilmOn X in contempt of court for continuing to operate after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that Aereo’s streaming service infringed copyright. “I’m inclined to grant the contempt motion,” said US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald following the hearing, as reported by MediaPost […]

DirecTV, DISH support STELA reauthorisation

US satellite TV broadcasters DirecTV and DISH Network have expressed their support of Congressional efforts to reauthorise the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). In a joint Statement, they said: “On behalf of our 34 million DirecTV and DISH satellite television customers, we thank the leadership of the US House of Representatives, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee […]

Russia Today in trouble with Ofcom

Russia Today, a Moscow-based 24-hour news channel that is licensed by UK regulator Ofcom to broadcast in Britain as well as the rest of Europe and beyond, is facing enquiries by the regulator over the lack of balance in its news reports and slanted reporting of the news out of the Ukraine. Russia Today has already seen a British journalist […]

France: Government to shorten VoD release window

The French Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, has vowed to make the release of feature films to television easier, and to make films available more quickly on SVoD platforms. Two months ahead the anticipated arrival of Netflix in France, the French government wants to help local VoD and SVoD platforms to grow and promote their services. Talking to daily Le […]

Major UK copyright awareness initiative

Representatives from the UK’s creative industries and major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have joined forces with the support of government to launch Creative Content UK, a new partnership that will boost consumer awareness of the wide array of legitimate online content services and help reduce online copyright infringement. It is understood that the partnership will build on existing work in […]

Multichoice alleged to have planned ODM collapse


During last week’s unsuccessful court hearing in Johannesburg by a minority (0.7 per cent) shareholder of On Digital Media (ODM), it emerged that the court-appointed business rescue practitioner believed that the applicant, Atchuthanandan Nadaraja Moodley, was being deliberately funded by rivals in order to “ensure the business [of ODM] was permanently removed from the market”. Business-rescue practitioner Petrus Francois van […]

Lebanon’s TV stations unite for Gaza support

Eight Lebanon-based TV channels will come together at 8:10pm on July 21st and show a unified programme under the banner ‘Palestine, you are not alone’. The action is being taken, said a statement from Lebanon Broadcasting Co (LBC) “to take an initiative in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza who are the victims of furious bloody raids. The decision […]

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