Archive for the ‘Malayalam’ Category

Mathrubhumi Group to flaunt news channel in Kerala

December 8, 2010


A new entrant in the broadcast news segment is all set to foray in the Malayalam speaking state Kerala on a 24X7 format. ‘Mathrubhumi News’ is waiting for the authorities’ nod for the launch as the application is still pending with them.

Mathrubhumi News is the new initiative of Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Company, the operators of Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi. The new channel will focus on general news, happenings and current affairs.

The operational set up for the channel will be based in Thiruvananthpuram and it will probably go on air early next year.

Shreyams Kumar, Director, Electronics Media, Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Co informed exchange4media that the company was waiting for the license for the channel to go on air.

The recruitment process for the news channel was currently underway, Kumar said, adding, “We will come in and expand the market. The market share for news is relatively low (around 9 per cent) in Kerala. We are quite confident of giving good content by leveraging our experience and expertise. We are socially very sensitive to the requirements of the people. We are independent and do not owe allegiance to any group or any of those sort.”

Mathrubhumi News will compete with existing players in the segment such as Asianet News, People (Kairali), IndiaVision News and Malayala Manorama.

Meanwhile, Kerala Kaumudi is also planning to launch Malayalam news and current affairs channel in Kerala sometime next year. Nikesh Kumar, who was till recently with Indiavision TV, is also going to start a news channel from Kerala by the name of ‘Reporter’.

Mathrubhumi has been managing content for the last 87 years. As a brand, Mathrubhumi has got a strong attachment with the people of Kerala. Kumar is confident of leveraging the aforementioned advantages while building brand Mathrubhumi News.

Amrita TV launches website

August 21, 2010

Malayalam general entertainment channel Amrita TV has inaugurated its official Malayalam website on occasion of Chingam 1st, the Malayalam New Year day.

Amrita TV claims that it is for the first time that any channel has launched a full fledged, feature packed web site in its regional language running parallel to its English counterpart.

The new website offers access to detailed information about the line-up of Amrita TV’s programmes in different genres from reality shows, serials, news features, life style, heritage, health, spiritual, travel, movies, chat shows, ecology, satire and comedy; a comments column at the bottom of each programme page where Malayalam comments typed with English alphabets will be converted to Malayalam font; programme schedules for each day of the week; details of Amrita TV’s special shows for the Middle East and the US; information on its cable networks in every region of the world; blogs; and communities.

It is against the backdrop of the Keralite drifting away from his roots that Amrita TV launches its Malayalam website. It is an effort to revive Malayalam from the limbo into which it has fallen, an endeavour to resurrect it from certain oblivion and to help the Keralite keep his ties with his native tongue intact,” the channel said.

DEN Networks jumps in Kerala’s broadcasting space with ‘Digitelly’

August 3, 2010

DEN Networks Limited has forayed into Kerala state’s broadcasting space with its digital cable services ‘Digitelly’. The cable TV network company has its presence across Indian Territory.

DEN Networks had recently brought its IPO in market to fetch some amount for its advancement and expansion. The company has plans of expansion of its digital network through distribution channels in some more states.

“Digitelly brings a suite of innovative and engaging interactive services like games, blog.telly (a unique and latest micro blogging services provided only on DEN Digital platform) and will soon launch an interactive 24X7 music service with 10 genres.” S.N. Sharma (President, DEN) said this during a press conference.

People of districts like Mallapuram, Thrishur, Palakkad, Alappuzha, Thiruvanthpuram, Kochi, Kannur and Kottayam will be facilitated with this service of DEN.

Viewers can now call HC judges, courtesy Asianet News

August 6, 2009

Don’t know how to get rid of encroachers upon your land? Don’t worry as top judges in Kerala are now just a phone call away.

Asianet News, the Malayalam news channel from the house of Star Jupiter Entertainment, is airing a weekly show, in which viewers can call Kerala High Court judges, including Chief Justice S. R. Bannurmath, and address their grievances to them.

The show, the first of its kind in India, will be telecast on every Sunday at 7.30 pm, starting August 02, 2009. Callers from around the world can interact with the judges live on the show, which is called Adalat (court of law).

“Callers can ask us any legal question. Well suggest possible solutions,” said Justice Kurian Joseph; while Justice Bannurmath says, “We are thankful (to the channel) for allotting prime time slot to the show.”

The first episode, that was aired last Sunday, was shot on the high court premises in Kochi on Friday. Biju Pankaj, an official of Asianet News, said the channel was ‘flooded’ with calls – mostly from the Gulf countries, which have a huge number of workers from the state – seeking legal remedies.

“On the first day of the recording, we received some 10,000 calls but were able to put through only 100 of them to the judges. The judges had agreed to spare 45 minutes per week for the show. But the shoot went on for over two hours and still many calls couldn’t be attended.” Pankaj adds.

The channel chose Friday as the day of recording because it is a public holiday in the Gulf, where more than a dozen Malayalam channels are engaged in a fierce battle for supremacy.

Many of the callers from the Gulf said they had trouble protecting their property in India from encroachers because they couldn’t stay back and file a case that was likely to go on for years. Taking note of this, the judges said they’ll pressure authorities for fast- track courts to deal with such cases.

The channel expects the programme to become a huge hit. Sponsors are already queuing up, having realised the shows commercial potential.

Amrita TV to kick off Super Star 2 on 20 July

July 19, 2009

Amrita TV is set to launch the second season of its flagship singing reality show, Super Star, starting 20 July.

Noted playback singer and composer Hariharan will flag off the show that will be aired every Monday-Friday from 7.30–8.30 pm.

The channel claims of receiving huge response at the three Super Star audition centres of Trivandrum, Calicut and Cochin.

Amrita TV had arranged the ‘Super Star Express’, a mobile audition coach that visited select colleges across Kerala for conducting spot auditions.

The show will have 20 participants between 16 to 29 years fighting for the ‘Super Star’ status.

Amrita TV firms up Saturday programming with two new shows

July 1, 2009

Malayalam entertainment channel Amrita TV is gearing up to launch two new shows on 27 June in a bid to beef up its Saturday programming.

While Business Buzz will be aired at 1.30 pm to provide an overview of the businesses in Kerala, travelogue Ezham Kadalinakkare (across the seven seas) will be telecast at 8.30 pm to capture the sights, sounds and spirit of locales around the world.

Business Buzz is divided into three sections – company profile, young businessman and business news.

‘Company profile’ gives a short summary of the firm and its performance that includes details of its origin, growth graph, product range, long term objectives, profit margins and its full history till date (in brief).

‘Young businessman’ will sketch new entrepreneurs who have taken the plunge into the speculative waters of trade and commerce.

‘Business news’ will bring the top stories from the business world, the latest headlines that haven’t been ‘broken’ by any other media, and exclusive coverage of new product launches.

Amrita TV launches election-based show ‘War Zone’

March 17, 2009

Amrita TV has launched an election programme – War Zone in a bid to give an analytic view of the electoral situation prevailing in the twenty constituencies of Kerala.

The show will air from Monday to Friday at 5 pm. It will be telecast at 11.30 am on Saturday and Sunday.

War Zone gives an account of elections that happened in past, information about the sitting MP’s and the issues affecting various constituencies.

Amrita TV to launch ‘Citizen Impact’ on 7 December

December 6, 2008
Amrita TV is set to launch a news-based reality show, Citizen Impact, starting 7 December.

The show, to be aired every Sunday at 10.30 pm, aims to showcase citizens giving a variety of stories and their impact on society.

Citizen Impact follows up the popular Best Citizen Journalist series, which was aired on the channel previously. The show aims to explore the outcome of the stories filed by the citizen journalists of Best Citizen Journalist and take stock of the impact they have made through a detailed feed-back from the figures who played a role in the story.

According to the channel, clippings of the report, whose effects are being explored, will be shown first, followed by incisive interviews from the persons directly or indirectly involved in the case.

Amrita TV, Kalaignar TV to launch new reality shows

October 31, 2008

Amrita TV, the Malayalam entertainment channel, and Kalaignar TV, the Tamil entertainment channel, have announced a slew of new reality shows to be launched in the coming days.

Amrita TV will launch a new reality show called Super Talent, which offers a platform for presenting many talents of a person. The channel claims to break the monotony of conventional dancing and singing based shows. Super Talent will offer a platform for participants to present any and every talent ranging from mime, mimicry, mono acting, magic, juggling, instrumental music, etc’, besides singing and dancing.

The show is based on the concept, wherein people of all ages can take part, who are artistically gifted. The participants would be assessed solely on the basis of the entertainment value of their performances. The participants would be allotted a specific time for presenting their acts on the stage. The show is currently in its audition stage and would go on air soon.

Kalaignar TV, on the other hand, is launching two new reality shows, both of which will go on air from October 18. Odi Vilayadu Pappa is a children’s dance reality show, which would be telecast at 9.00 pm. Directed by ace choreographer Kala Master, this show is expected to be on air for six months.

The second reality show of Kalaignar TV is called Dhil Dhil Manadhil, which will be aired on Saturdays at 9.30 pm. The reality show will showcase youngsters exhibiting daredevil acts.

Malayalam channel Jai Hind TV starts Gulf operations

June 13, 2008

As part of it global expansion move, Congress backed Malayalam channel Jai Hind TV has kick-started its Middle East operations to cater to the large expatriate Malayali population across the region.

The channel will air Gulf-related programmes such as daily news bulletins, a weekly news-based programme called ‘Gulf Around’, business programme ‘Gulf Souq’ and travelogue ‘Arabia’. The programmes will be aired everyday till 9 pm.

The Middle East office of the channel is located in Dubai Studio City.

Jai Hind TV was launched in August last year as a 24-hour channel with emphasis on news and current affairs programmes.

It is a joint venture between Bharath Broadcasting Network (BBN) and Jai Hind Communications (JHC), both headed by Dubai-based Keralites, and the Congress party.