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NDTV expands reach of its channels in Australia

December 8, 2010


NDTV is expanding its reach in Australia. The company has signed a distribution deal with Australian subscription TV provider FetchTV for the carriage of its three channels.

As a part of the deal, NDTV 24×7, NDTV India and NDTV Good Times will be available on the FetchTV platform in Australia.

NDTV head – distribution and affiliate sales Rahul Sood said, “With India firmly on the global stage, there is a need to reach out to the broader audiences looking to keep abreast with events unfolding in the region.”

NDTV 24×7 will be available in the base pack of FetchTV, along with channels like CNBC Australia, BBC World News, Fox Sports News and other international news channels.

NDTV India and NDTV Good Times will be available along with the bouquet of all other Indian channels.

FetchTV provides access to digital free-to-air channels, subscription channels, video on-demand and interactive content via an unmetered broadband connection.

FetchTV CEO Scott Lorson said, “FetchTV is committed to providing quality programming options for Australia’s diverse population and the inclusion of channels from South Asia is just the beginning. We will continue to introduce multicultural programming to cater for Australia’s diverse range of cultural backgrounds.”

KidsCo signs deal with NDTV to debut in Indian TV space

August 21, 2010

Going ahead with its plans of expansion, KidsCo an international children’s entertainment brand has tied knot with India’s NDTV limited to make entry into Indian broadcasting space. The channel has moved this way after launching successfully in markets of Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Under the distribution agreement, The Indian partner NDTV will market the content of KidsCo on all the three DTH, Cable TV and Digital Platforms across the country.

In a press statement, Paul Robinson (CEO, KidsCo) said, “India is a key market for us as we continue our global expansion plan. We are really excited about adding NDTV to our existing partners as it understands that education is at the very top of the agenda for us and has historically built solid relationships with platforms who share this vision. The shows we will be offering are in keeping with our international audience and we anticipate great results.”

The programming of KidsCo includes animated and live action content and movies for family-viewing. Sonic Underground, The Wiggles, Ned’s Newt, Rescue Heroes and Nalong Fly to the Sky are some of the programs of KidsCo that will be marketed by NDTV in India.

KidsCo was founded by Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, America based producer DIC Entertainment and European broadcaster Sparrowhawk Media Group in April 2007. The channel’s main network is currently based in London.

The channel has presence in countries like Poland, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Cyprus and South Africa.

KidsCo will also be launched throughout France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and the United States in the future. The United Kingdom version will be launching sometime in 2010. But at the moment the channel is eyeing Indian broadcasting space worth Rs.26000 crores. The channel will have to face competition from existing players of the kids segment such as Pogo, Cartoon Network, Nick and Hungama.

NDTV’s loss of Q3 falls to Rs.16.6 million, recovery gradual

January 23, 2010

Good news for NDTV, as its net loss for the third quarter has shown a steep fall and has reduced to Rs.16.6 million. This reduction is a result of the cost efficient policies adopted by the channel and also due to the three percent growth in revenues. Another income of Rs.5.4 million has also made its financial position firm in the market.

NDTV had showed a net loss of Rs. 174.8 million for its third quarter of the fiscal year 2009. The company owns and runs news channels NDTV India (Hindi), NDTV 24X7 (English), NDTV Profit (English Business). Because of its sweating efforts, the company managed to bring down the expenses up to 821.8 million, which is a significant 11.94% less than the previous period.NDTV has registered a considerable elevation of 849.8 million in its income as compared to Rs.824.6 million a year ago.

However, compared to the loss of Rs. 108.6 million, the company posted its operational profit of Rs. 28 million on the basis of its adequate operations. The whole credit for this profit can be given to theNDTV’s four step restructuring policy implemented by the company.

For the third-quarter, the company has posted a net profit of Rs 741 million, as against a net loss of Rs 1.21 billion in the year-ago period. “An undertaking to provide a corporate guarantee given by the company to repay the 40 per cent of the outstanding bonds has ceased to exist upon re-purchase of the bonds. The resulting gain on buy back amounting to Rs 1.28 billion ($ 27.60 million) is included under other income,” the company noted.

NDTV also entered into an agreement with Turner Asia Pacific Ventures for the sale of most of its stake in NDTV Imagine Ltd for a total transaction value of $117 million, involving a sale of 92 per cent of NDTV Imagine on a fully diluted basis for a consideration of $67 million, together with the subscription to fresh shares in Imagine by Turner Asia Pacific Ventures for $50 million.

The total income gained operations are estimated at Rs.1.67 billion, which is 28.78% more as compared to Rs.1.3 billion in the last year. Expenses also registered for the quarter were Rs. 2.2 billion, less than Rs. 2.33 billion a year ago.

The operating loss for the company in the quarter of the earlier fiscal year was Rs. 1.03 billion. Whereas, it came down at Rs. 525.7 million in this quarter. Another gaining of Rs.1.28 billion on the buyback amount has been showed by the company.

The significant reduction in the outstanding borrowings and interest burdens is the outcome of the repurchasing of $100 million Step up Coupon Bonds for just $72.4million. According toNDTV all those restrictions that were attached with bonds freed it from the undertaking of providing $ 40 million guarantee to the holders.

Two decades of NDTV

November 28, 2008


In the last two decades, Indian television has been virtually re-invented. Bang at the centre of its evolution stands New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), whose own milestones have virtually been a series of ‘firsts’ for Indian news broadcasting. 

That NDTV was destined to revolutionise tele-viewing in India was a writing that appeared on the wall as early as 1988, a full twenty years before the brand emerged from its embryonic state. 

New Delhi Television, as it was then called, launched a new show, The World This Week. This was the first of its many milestones that would also become the firsts for the Indian telecasting industry. The privately-produced weekly half-hour aired on Friday nights on Doordarshan. 

The show instantly established new standards for objective and credible reporting. NDTV’s reporters were at the scene of every major international event, driving home India’s perspective on world affairs. 

In that sense, New Delhi Television attempted India’s rise to international eminence by being the precursor that established an Indian point of view on world opinion. Till today, Indians all over the world say that Friday nights and The World This Week, belong together, in their collective memory.

Speaking to us, KVL Narayan Rao, CEO, NDTV Group, said, “NDTV has always been a pioneer, the first private producer of news in India, the first with several programming formats, the first to use beta cam, the first to go digital. It has been a remarkable journey – wonderful, enriching, educative and challenging. We began as a production house and are now one of the most credible and respected media houses in the country and this part of the world.”

“We have also transformed from a news organisation to a total media company, moving into entertainment, lifestyle, new media, technology and media outsourcing. That has been a fantastic journey too. News, of course, remains our first love and will always be a huge part of what NDTV is recognised for as we expand into the international arena. The journey ahead is going to be as exciting too and I look forward to the next 20 years and more.” Rao says about the NDTV evolution.

The early commercial and critical success of its flagship programme allowed NDTV to break newer and bigger ground quickly. It became the country’s first private news producer, a beginning that marked the end of the era of government-controlled TV news. As the country’s market leader today, it repeatedly raises the bar for television journalism with award-winning programmes, recognised and knowledgeable reporters, incisive analysis and world-class technology. 

The biggest reward and honour any one in the public domain can hope to achieve is the trust of people. In India, NDTV is seen as an honest, unbiased, fearless crusader. Its sterling reputation built over years of path-breaking journalism is recognised by audiences across the country. 

But even as it enjoys the confidence of the people it is also elated at the professional recognition that it has received from peers and contemporaries. NDTV is the first Indian producer to win an Emmy award for its work. It has also been named the Best Cable and Satellite Channel in Asia by Asian Television Awards. 

The brand is home to the country’s finest broadcast talent. Anchors like Prannoy Roy, Barkha Dutt, Vikram Chandra, Nidhi Kulpati, Sreenivasan Jain, Sonia Verma and Sonali Chander have won several industry awards and have a huge fan following. Shows like We the People, The Big Fight and Jai Jawan have pioneered new formats for television. While anchors, the public face of a channel, are extensively recognised for their reportage it isn’t often that the back boys – the engineering teams which bring telecast into homes – gain prominence. 

At NDTV the engineering team has been internationally acknowledged for its high standards and extensive technological innovations. It has won the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Award for three consecutive years, beating stiff competition from organisations like the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Amongst other international honours are six Promax awards for Outstanding Promos for News and Current Affairs. 

In 1984, a Chartered Accountant who was also a trained psychologist was introduced as the new centre point of televised coverage of India’s general elections. His prediction of the results proved to be uncannily accurate. 

But it was his ability to translate complicated facts into simple analysis that turned Dr. Prannoy Roy into the journalist who India would depend on, night after night, for its news. Since then, Prannoy Roy, chairman of NDTV has anchored thousands of hours of live coverage of Indian elections and the government’s annual budget. 

Equally responsible for leading NDTV’s tremendous growth is Radhika Roy. Her team relies on her editorial expertise to cover breaking news. In the mid 1980s, Radhika, a journalist at the Indian Express, recognised the endless possibilities that TV offered as a news medium. She traveled to the United States to study television and returned to India to co-found NDTV. 

Radhika and Prannoy’s first episode of The World This Week aired on November 25, 1988. The show was a run-away success, providing Doordarshan with a huge weekly hit, bringing in record-breaking revenue. 

“The currency of news journalism is credibility and that has been our main quest always. The winning formula for news channels is ‘ethics and credibility’. It is the only strategy one should have, in the short and the long term. It applies to everything we do. We believe that news is a serious business and we will always be a high quality, credible and responsible journalists and producers. We will not go down the tabloid route ever.” Rao adds.

In an article in The Times of India, it has been rated as one of India’s Top Five Shows since Independence. In 1989, NDTV produced India’s first live televised coverage of the country’s general elections. Six years later in February 1995, NDTV became the country’s first private producer of the national news bulletin The News Tonight. 

In 1998, NDTV was the sole content provider for the 24-hour news channel, Star News. But the company’s biggest milestone was marked on April 14, 2003, when NDTV launched two 24-hour news channels: NDTV 24×7 in English and NDTV India in Hindi. 

In January 2005, the company launched a third 24-hour news channel, NDTV Profit. In September 2007 the company moved into a niche space with an English metro-based channel that is locally focused in both its content and revenue model. Metro Nation Delhi is the first of the five FTA channels the company has rolled out. 

Today, the NDTV network spans the Indian television space with a huge foot print that cuts across ideological barriers and geographical boundaries. It is across this firmament that the brand rules. The company has also launched an entertainment network NDTV Imagine Ltd. 

NDTV has launched Good Times, a lifestyle channel that targets a largely cosmopolitan, socially upbeat audience who lives in style and enjoys every moment of life. NDTV has come together with the Kingfisher Brand in a first-of-its-kind media alliance for the promotion of NDTV Good Times. 

NDTV has launched its first channel outside India in partnership with Astro, a leading South East Asia media group. Astro Awani launched in Indonesia, is a 24-hour news, infotainment and lifestyle channel. NGEN Media Services, a joint venture between NDTV and Genpact, is an industry first, offering post production and other services to companies anywhere in the world.

“Starting November 25, we have launched a series of 3 minutes vignettes encapsulating NDTV’s coverage of various events over the last two decades. Also marking the 20 years celebration, we will be carrying half hour specials once a month over the next one year, which will be on topics as varied as the Tsunami, Kargil, Malnutrition & Hunger, 20 years of Election coverage in India, Gujarat and others.” Rao says about the celebrated aspirations. 

“The first in these series of documentaries would be The Ballad Of The Ballot, which will feature a chronicle of 20 years of NDTV’s tryst with elections, seen from the eyes of the insiders. Who made the coverage what it was. For an event that meant democracy to India , this meant reaching out in new ways. With a fresh pool of ideas, technology and talent.” Rao concludes.

NDTV to distribute Granada TV in India and South Asia

October 31, 2008
NDTV has entered into an agreement with UK commercial broadcaster ITV Global Entertainment to distribute Granada TV in India and South Asia.

This is the first third party channel that NDTV will be distributing. The bouquet includes NDTV Good Times, NDTV Imagine, NDTV India and Imagine Showbiz.

“We will be distributing Granada TV in India and South Asia. There is an untapped potential for quality niche channels in the Indian market and Granada TV, with its strong content line-up, will fill this gap,” said NDTV head of network distribution and affiliate sales Rahul Sood.

NDTV’s initial focus will be to get Granada TV up on digital platforms. Being a pay channel, the English general entertainment channel will complement lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times. The other channels distributed by NDTV are free-to-air.

NDTV 24X7 and NDTV Profit, the two pay-TV news channels, are distributed by One Alliance.

Granada TV is set to launch on 1 November on the ABS-1 satellite for the Asian region. The channel will air content from ITV’s existing library, such as Prime Suspect, The Jeremy Kyle Show, The Friday Night Project, Ballroom Bootcamp, Airline and Vroom Vroom.

“With over 50 years of experience as the UK’s number one commercial television network, we are tapping into our unique catalogue of quality content and commercial skills as a broadcaster to bring this new must-see channel to Asia,” said ITV Global Entertainment president and MD Peter Iacono. “Granada TV is a large-scale, serious undertaking offering compelling love stories, drama, gripping mysteries and exciting light entertainment — that’s what everyone will love and tune-in to. It’s about family; it’s about lifestyle; it’s just plain and simple good TV.”

NDTV to handle ad sales of Channel Guide’s Punjabi channel

May 22, 2008

NDTV Media has inked a five-year ad sales deal with Channel Guide for its upcoming Punjabi language entertainment channel Just TV Punjabi.

As part of the deal, NDTV Media will take care of the sales and marketing of Just TV Punjabi in India, says a source in Channel Guide.

Attempts to contact NDTV Media CEO Raj Nayak proved futile till the filing of this report.

NDTV Media has struck similiar exclusive ad sales deals with Marathi channel Mi Marathi and Sahara One’s bouquet of entertainment channels including Hindi general entertainment channel Sahara One, Hindi movie channel Filmy and the newly launched Hindi world television channel Firangi.

NDTV Media is also the exclusive sales and marketing representative for MSN in India and for MDAS and is responsible for all revenue generating efforts for the MSN offerings and for the online and mobile verticals under MDAS.

Channel Guide is planning to launch Just TV Punjabi on 16 June.

In the first phase, Channel Guide will be launching in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Delhi. Just TV Punjabi will be available on cable and are currently in talks with direct-to-home (DTH) operators to make it available on the platform.

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Just TV Punjabi will have a mix of daily soaps, reality shows, events, movies, comedy shows, music shows, travel and lifestyle, religious shows, horror shows and kids’ shows.

Channel Guide is a Mumbai-based company with its production studio in Chandigarh.

NDTV to expand documentary slot from mid-March

February 24, 2008
NDTV 24X7, which had commenced a weekly half-hour slot for short films after it entered into a partnership with the Prasar Bharati-supported Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) last month, has now decided to increase the telecast of documentaries from mid-March.

NDTV Producer Gunjan Jain – who recently attended the Mumbai International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films to scout for good films – told that the half-hour and one hour slots may be alternated depending on the length of the films received by the channel for telecast.

She also clarified that though the initial agreement had been with PSBT, the channel was also prepared to telecast documentaries by other producers. She had seen some good films in Mumbai and submitted her report to the channel

According to a PSBT spokesperson, the partnership provides an ideal platform for the exploration of myriad issues that these documentaries deal with, and for enhancing the viewership of powerful and insightful content. The effort will go a long way in creating and encouraging a public culture of documentary appreciation and engagement.

Renowned filmmaker and PSBT Chairperson Adoor Gopalakrishnan said, “We welcome exposure for the excellent films produced by PSBT on a private commercial channel. With the terrible decline in the standards of commercial television, this is a very praiseworthy effort by NDTV. Our films are produced by independent filmmakers, most of them young, partially funded by Doordarshan. The future for public broadcasting lies in efforts such as these that demonstrate the potential of public-private partnerships.”

PSBT is a non-profit trust that represents the confluence of energies to foster a shared public culture of broadcasting that is exciting and cutting edge. PSBT’s pioneering work revolves around the creation of independent films that are socially responsive and representative of democratic values. It seeks to situate a new vocabulary and activism at the very heart of broadcasting in India and this endeavour will open up new spaces for engagement with the form and content of documentary films in the mainstream public media.


NDTV Profit to launch The Unstoppable Indians series

January 7, 2008

Celebrating India’s 60 years of Independence, the English business news channel NDTV Profit will launch a new show The Unstoppable Indians. The show will premiere on January 8 at 8.30 pm.

The series would focus on an outstanding Indian from myriad fields of business, sports, literature, entertainment, science and social activism, whose power, talent or moral example is transforming India.

The inaugural episode of the 16-episode series would showcase Nobel Laureate Economist Amartya Sen. NDTV’s Manvi Dhillon would interview him and he would talk about his life, works and socioeconomic issues concerning our country today. Sen would also talk about India’s rapid economic growth vis-à-vis rising social unrests like Singur and Nandigram on the inaugural episode.

Christmas Cheer with NDTV Good Times

December 21, 2007

Celebrate this Christmas, with ‘Around the world in 85 plates’ on NDTV Good Times. Watch Magandeep Singh as he travels to France and brings out fineries for its Christmas special episode. The Festival of joy is complemented with the best gourmet food in France, and some of the finest wines. Anchor and India’s most charming sommelier Magandeep Singh visits Lyon, France’s second largest metro on Christmas, a big city with the charm of the country. A place where children still leave hay and carrots in their shoes for Papa Noel’s reindeer and have a Yule log shaped cake for dessert. And if you want to see how the locals celebrate it, there’s always the Christmas market. All custom-made for a really, really, merry time!! Watch ‘Around the world in 85 plates’ on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 10:30 pm repeat airing on Tuesday, December 25 at 6:30 pm only on NDTV Good Times.We’ve all grown up with mystical and magical tales about a jolly old man who lives up on the North Pole. This Christmas, join ‘Me & Mandy’ in Finland as they cross the arctic circle and spend their holidays with the man in the red suit who has been spreading joy and candy all over the world.. From the command room to the elves’ school of Santa, join Devika and Mandy as they discover the spirit of X-mas, a fairytale that comes to life only on X-Mas day on ‘Me & Mandy’.

Watch ‘Me & Mandy’ on Monday, December 24 at 10:00 pm and repeat airing on Tuesday, December 25 at 3:30 pm only on NDTV Good Times.

On the Christmas special of ‘The Great Indian Love Challenge’, presented by famous Yudishter Urs, watch Thrity as she does all it takes to win a Longines watch for the love of his life. She dresses up like Anarkali and sells wine….it doesn’t end there….in the next task she has to make wine, this time….by literally crushing grapes by her foot! It doesn’t get any easier but Thrity is headstrong. Will she win the challenge and the watch? Catch all the surprises on ‘The Great Indian Love Challenge’ on NDTV Good Times on Saturday, December 22 at 9.30 pm.

Finally celebrate Christmas on Goa beaches and cocktails on NDTV Good Times as Shatbhi Basu explores Goa ecstasies on ‘In High Spirits’. This week the Christmas special episode of ‘In High Spirits’ takes to the sun and sand of Goa. From the cocktails to the water-scooters, from Brittos to Titos… watch Shatbhi Basu pamper herself at beach Aguada, doing what she loves doing the most and exploring this therapeutic destinations in this festive season. Watch ‘In High Spirits’ on Saturday, December 23 at 8:30 pm with a repeat on Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm only on NDTV Good Times.