Saturday, May 30, 2009

I&B minister Ambika Soni to take charge on 1 June

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni is expected to formally assume charge on 1 June.

Soni, however, met senior I&B and Prasar Bharati officials today to apprise herself of the working of her ministry. Soni said today that the primary aim of her ministry would be to ensure that information about government programmes for the welfare of the people reaches every citizen of the country.

In reply to a question about the Commonwealth Games during a brief chat, Soni said that it would be the attempt of Prasar Bharati as host broadcaster to cooperate with foreign broadcasters to reach the signals to countries all over the world.
(Radioandmusic.com)


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Chennai Live FM to air international DJ music show

Muthoot Group's Chennai Live 104.8 FM is launching an international dance programming show, starting 4 June.

"We have experimented by playing local DJ music all along and now we are taking it forward by playing international dance DJ music," says Chennai Live chief programming officer Geoffrey Thomas.The show will be aired between 11-12 pm on Thursdays, 9-12 pm on Fridays and 8-12 pm on Saturdays.

The DJs have conceived specific dance shows for radio and Chennai Live acts as the platform to promote them. "This is a symbiotic deal where they give us the content and we give them a platform to perform. So there are monetary aspects involved," adds Thomas.

The bands to be aired include A state of trance by Armin Van Buuren, Global by Carl Cox, Transitions by John Digweed and The Beatport 20 by Beatport.
(Indiantelevision.com)


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Strong interest in DRM digital radio amongst Indian FM broadcasters from DIGITAL radio mondiale

Mumbai, May 28 2009 - A DRM Digital Radio Mondiale session was very well received by the commercial FM broadcasters in the annual India Radio Forum held in Mumbai on Wednesday. The event’s special session titled ‘Digital Broadcast – Changing the World of Radio’ was attended by delegates from most of the biggest Indian FM broadcast companies.

The session was a first introduction for India’s private broadcast industry to the many benefits of DRM digital radio. The broadcasters were particularly interested in the key features opening new commercial opportunities, including up to four services per frequency and multimedia services like EPG, Journaline text information service and Slideshow. They also experienced the 5.1 digital surround sound of a DRM+ broadcast, which was on display throughout the day. The programme makers and creative heads were impressed with the excellent audio quality and reception robustness of DRM broadcasts. (Source; drm.org)

The regular All India Radio broadcast from Delhi on DRM SW, officially launched in January, could be heard by delegates live on various DRM receivers. The Indian state broadcaster – All India Radio – has recently announced its decision to adopt DRM for the upcoming transition to Digital Radio. Seventy per cent of the country is planned to be covered with DRM broadcasts by the end of government’s 11th five year plan. This analogue-to-digital migration plan is in line with the analogue radio switch off date of 2015.

India Radio Forum (IRF) brings together all the major Indian FM players. Here the present and future of commercial FM is discussed, and best of the industry performance is celebrated. This was the first time that a digital radio session was organised during IRF. After the session, many broadcasters showed strong interest in exploring this option and taking their present analogue FM business to the next level of service offerings and revenue opportunities.

CVC “The Voice Asia” ran a DRM broadcast to Mumbai for the India Radio Forum on 27th May. The transmission ran from 05:30 to 11:30 UTC (11:00 – 17:00 local time, India) on 17695 kHz in the Hindi language, transmitted from J├╝lich.

Picture: Alexander Zink (Broadcast Applications, Fraunhofer IIS) and Vineeta Dwivedi (Project Director, DRM) during the “Digital broadcast: Changing the World of Radio” at the India Radio Forum on 27th May 2009.

> Click here to view the release in pdf format.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tamil Listener win a free trip to China.

Local man bags best China radio's best listener award

Vellore, (PTI) A private insurance company official here has bagged China Radio's'best listener'award in India for his feedback on its Tamil broadcasts and won himself a free 10-day free trip to that nation. Kannan Sekar, secretary of the local branch of China Radio will make the trip from Chennai on May 23.

China Radio Tamil broadcasting Chief Kalaiyarasi said Kannan been listening to the Tamil broadcast of the radio for the last 46 years and been sending valuable feedback.

The best listener is chosen by China Radio once in three years for a trip to China.

Note: He is also a members of Ardic DX Club for eight years.

CRI Free trip winners
Eduardo da Silva Ferreira from Brazil
Rosset Pierre- Andre from Switzerland
Budinova Rumyana Asenova from Bulgaria
Cocoru Daniel-Radu-Alexandru from Romania
Mohammad Idi Gargajiga from Nigeria
Prapin Manomaivibool from Thailand
Andrew Peterson from U.S.
Kim Yeon Joon from S. Korea
Huang Guoping from France

Arun Bhatnagar resigns as Prasar Bharati chairman

By BHUSHAN NAGPAL Indiantelevision.com Team

In a step that was being forecast by broadcasting pundits for some time, Arun Bhatnagar today told the Delhi High Court that he has tendered his resignation as Chairman of the Prasar Bharati Board.

Bhatnagar cited dissatisfaction with the functioning of the pubcaster and its Chief Executive Officer B S Lalli. Bhatnagar, therefore, sought permission from the Court to withdraw from a public interest litigation challenging the Government's decision to grant a three-year extension to Lalli, but was requested by the judges to assist in the matter, which was thereafter listed for further hearing on 28 May.

Confirming the news over telephone, Bhatnagar told indiantelevision.com it would not be appropriate for him to say anything more at this stage.

Meanwhile, another member of the Board who did not wish to be named said Bhatnagar had resigned under protest and told the Court that he had had enough.

According to the petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, while Parliament had passed a law early last year raising the retirement age of the CEO to 65, it had not made provision for granting extension to the CEO beyond his term of appointment.

Lalli, 62, took charge as Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati at the end of December 2006.

Also Read:
Arun Bhatnagar is Prasar Bharati chairman on http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k8/may/may14.php
(Via Alokesh Gupta, new Delhi)


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Saturday, May 23, 2009

India Radio Forum 2009 SCHEDULE

FORUM SCHEDULE
Date: 27th May,
Venue: Taj Lands End,
Mumbai,
HELLO 106.4 ROOM,

(Times are in Indian Standard Time.)

8:00am–5:00pm REGISTRATION AT THE ENTRANCE
8.00am-9.00am NETWORKING BREAKFAST BROUGHT TO YOU BY
9:00am CONFERENCE OPENS WITH Apurva Purohit & Tarun Katial
9:15am CEO PANEL DISCUSSION: Scaling Up Radio: Can The Indian Radio Industry Hit The Right Notes Moderated By Atul Phadnis
10:40am Radio Success: The Magic Formula By Mark Story
12:00pm Measuring Up: Using RAM To Plan Your Advertising On Radio By LV Krishnan & Pradeep Hejmadi
12:30pm LUNCH BROUGHT TO YOU BY
1:20pm Digital Broadcast: Changing The World Of Radio By Alexander Zink & Vineeta Dwivedi Brought to you by
2:20pm Life Of The Simpsons: The Stories They Didn't Want You To Hear By Mike Reiss
3:20pm TEA BREAK BROUGHT TO YOU BY
3:40pm Exploiting The Available Bandwidth Of Sound By Diarmid Moncrieff
5.10pm REFRESHMENTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
5:40pm AWARDS CEREMONY BROUGHT TO YOU BY
* PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FORUM SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Radio St. Helena QSL 2008



Today (21 May 2009) I received the wonderful QSL from Radio St. Helena. Last two years I send the report to them with IRC, but unfortunately I didn’t get it. So this is my first QSL from RSH. QSL signed by S.S.Walters. QSL number is 280. Germany Rhein-Main-Radio-Club sponsored the QSL card. 6th of May they dispatched from RSH, but the postal seal was on 4th May 2009. With the QSL Gary Walters write a letter which says, “Thanks for the report from Chennai, India.”


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hello FM, Dabur jointly host 'Gully Cricket Tournament'

Hello FM 106.4 has partnered with Dabur to organise 'Dabur Glucose-D Gully Cricket Tournament 2009'.

The tournament, co-sponsored by Karur Vysya bank and REBI, will be played between 18-26 May across six cities in the states of Tamil Nadu. The semi-finals will be played on 28 and 29 May, and the finals will be on 30 May, both at Chennai.

The winning team will get a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and the runner-up team will get Rs 50, 000. Based on the format of T20 matches, altogether there will be 16 teams with 14 players in each.

Dabur India deputy GM marketing (healthcare) Praveen Jaipuriar said, "Sports plays a very crucial role in all-round development of kids. Dabur Glucose-D, with its brand ambassador Zaheer Khan, is already associated with cricket by way of the Ace of Pace talent hunt being organised across India. Our association with the Gully Cricket Tournament would further strengthen Dabur Glucose's partnership between the game and the kids.."

Umpires and other officials for the tournament are provided by Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.


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Monday, May 18, 2009

SLBC said LTTE leader killed

The Ministry of Defence has officially declared that LTTE Velupille Prabhakaran has been killed from an attack of the Army. Furthermore, the Ministry says together with the LTTE leader Intelligence Leader Pottu Amman and Sea Tiger leader Soosei have also been killed from this attack this morning. Exclusively speaking to SLBC Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said the security forces have now united the country by liberating all the areas that were under the LTTE control. He also added the Army has successfully completed its task given by the President as the Commander in Chief to liberate the country from the terrorism. (Jaisakthivel, ADXC, Chennai, India, www.dxersguide.blogspot.com)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sinhalese service of CRI to be rebroadcast via SLBC

China Radio International and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) have entered into an agreement on broadcasting programmes. This is the result of a discussion between the Information and Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Chinese broadcasting officials. Accordingly, Sinhala programmes of China Radio International will be broadcast through the SLBC. [No further details given]. (Source: SLBC Via Andy Sennitt)

Friday, May 15, 2009

"Yojana" May 2009 issue dedicated to Indian Media trends

Developments in Broadcast Technology
Technology has transformed the broadcast media beyond recognition in the past two decades. We are witness to the global reach and the subsequent change in content and style of broadcasting brought in by satellites during the nineties. Before this; the only television we knew was Doordarshan and DD of yesteryears was a different genre altogether. Satellite and cable TV which ushered in a rich fare of commercial TV channels have also increased the fortunes of the Industry twenty fold in as many years. Today the TV media alone is worth over 190 billion rupees.
There are at least three hundred and fifty channels running today, with nearly 150 channels waiting for approval. Viewers get a rich fare of TV channels on DTH, cable and on the internet. The new platform of Internet Protocol TV ( IPTV) is fast making inroads. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has cleared the air for launch of mobile TV by broadcast and telecom service providers. The computer based television technologies are popular with young people and in India seventy per cent of the populace is below the age of 35. Rapid strides have been taken in satellite TV broadcasting. However the program distribution policy has hit road blocks, paving the way for the growth of alternate technologies. (Yojana, May 2009)

Notes:
Yojana is a monthly devoted to socio-economic issues and started its publication in 1957 with Mr. Khuswant Singh as its Chief Editor. The magazine is now published in 13 languages viz. English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya.

Many specialized newspapers and magazines on economic issues are catering to the needs of readers in urban and big cities especially in SEC A’ and ‘B’. The reach of economic newspapers and magazines to smaller towns is limited. Yojana tries to reach people of segments in SEC ‘C’ and ‘D’ in semi-urban areas in different regions and in their languages. Although Yojana is sponsored by government and is an official venture, it is in no way is restricted to expressing the government views alone; it attempts to give praise where praise is due and criticize with constructive purpose. Yojana gives different shades of opinion and views on any issue and thereby presents a balanced picture.

Contact for the special issue:
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Tel.: 23096738, 23717910, (23096666, 23096690, 23096696- Extn. 2509, 2510, 2565, 2566, 2511).
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5 new community radio stations in Tamil Nadu

TIRUCHY: Five more community radio centres would be set up in Tamil Nadu soon, said R Sridhar, director of Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) here on Thursday.

Sridhar told reporters that 18 out of the 44 community radio centres across the nation were funded by the Department of Science and Te­chnology. Among the stations, 14 undertook science programmes for women and four broadcast programmes of ‘save earth’ concepts, he said. There are six such stations in TN, including two stations in Chennai
and Coimbatore, one in Tiruchy and Puducherry.

The Rural People Development Association would establish new stations in Madurai and another one would be established at Nagapattinam. Permission was granted to set up stations Namakkal, Tiruchencode and Kumarapalayam. More than 20 applications have been received from educational institutes and NGOs.

Indira Gandhi Open University has started a six-month certificate course on the operations of community radio stations and Holy Cross College has been identified as the study centre. Training would be given on the
organisation of the community radios, announcing and other radio-related activities, he added.

New format of programme guide from NHK Radio Japan

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tamil Service start the special morning broadcast

Due to Sri Lankan crisis and Indian Election, BBC Tamil Service start the special morning broadcast from 11 May 2009 to 20 May 2009 to South Asian listeners. Details of the broadcast 0130-0145 UTC 15285, 17515.

Five New community radio stations in Tamil Nadu

Five more community radio centres would be set up in Tamil Nadu soon, said R Sridhar, director of Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) here on Thursday.

Sridhar told reporters that 18 out of the 44 community radio centres across the nation were funded by the Department of Science and Te­chnology. Among the stations, 14 undertook science programmes for women and four broadcast programmes of ‘save earth’ concepts, he said. There are six such stations in TN, including two stations in Chennai and Coimbatore, one in Tiruchy and Puducherry.

The Rural People Development Association would establish new stations in Madurai and another one would be established at Nagapattinam. Permission was granted to set up stations Namakkal, Tiruchencode and Kumarapalayam. More than 20 applications have been received from educational institutes and NGOs.

Indira Gandhi Open University has started a six-month certificate course on the operations of community radio stations and Holy Cross College has been identified as the study centre. Training would be given on the organisation of the community radios, announcing and other radio-related activities, he added.
-http://www.expressbuzz.com

Radio Veritas Asia listeners meet 2009


Radio Veritas Asia listeners meet held in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. 303 active listeners were participated in that event. Most of them were come around from Tamil Nadu. One of the listener come from Andaman & Nicobar island. Some of the Sri Lankan refugees were also come and attend the vent with their family members.


For see the meet photos in the following link.
Radio Veritas Asia listeners meet 2009 photos

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Radio Veritas Asia Listeners meet


Venue: Thuuya Kuruthuva College, Near Head post office, Truchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Date: 09 May 2009
Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Chief Guests: Fr. Roberto Ebisa, General Manager, Radio Veritas Asia, Philippines.
Kunrakkudi Adikalar, Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai, Director, Santhom Communication Centre, Chennai, Fr. Dennis Voice, Assistant Director, Santhom Communication Centre, Chennai,


History of Radio Veritas Asia

Radio Veritas Asia looks for more efficiency in face of decreasing funding

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Has Sony stopped manufacture of short-wave radios?!


I believe that Sony may have discontinued their short-wave portable receiver model ICF-SW7600GR and may indeed be ceasing production of all short wave portable receivers. This could be due to several reasons ...
1. General decline in Short-wave interest,
2. Inability to compete with cheap manufacturers in Asia particularly China,
3. The current worldwide economic woes,
4. Sony's current financial difficulties in a number of their electronic manufacturing divisions.

Do any group members know anything that may either support or repudiate this view? I am basing this assumption on the fact that the Australian Sony web site indicates that the ICF-SW7600GR is discontinued. Some other
Sony web sites around the world, notably USA are no longer showing that model as an available product. Of course if it has been discontinued, then it will still remain on retail shelves as long as current stock lasts. It would be unfortunate if Sony are indeed ceasing manufacture, but it would be a reasonable response on their part to a lack of demand for the product. Just have a look at how their portable CD player range has shrunk for the same reason.
- Robert, robert.sanderson@diird.vic.gov.au

BBC WS Kinyarwanda and Kirundi service added

** U K [non]. BBCWS Kinyarwanda and Kirundi service added SW frequencies since banned from FM in Rwanda, all M-F only:
1630-1700 9530, 100 kW, 5 degrees from S Africa
1830-1900 5905, 250 kW, 230 degrees from Oman
1830-1900 9590, 250 kW, 185 degrees from Cyprus
1830-1900 11865, 250 kW, 187 degrees from Cyprus
(Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Amsat India + Hamsat Workshop

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

MEDIA BROADCAST to deliver expertise as media partner for 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa

MEDIA BROADCAST has partnered with South African telecommunications company Telkom SA and systems integrator Telecom 180, to provide video contribution services for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ South Africa.

The partnership teams the diverse capabilities of each role-player and leverages the vast expertise of MEDIA BROACAST, the local knowledge of Telecom 180 and the infrastructure and network capabilities of the main contractor, Telkom SA Ltd.

This project will require efficient project management, innovative technology, maximal availability and international teamwork. "Thanks to the professional broadcast of the World Cup in 2006 and other successful implementations of national and international major events, we are ideally equipped to meet these high demands," explained MEDIA BROADCAST Chief Executive Officer, Helmut Egenbauer.

The scope of the project primarily encompasses the broadcasting of the television images and other services from the venues to the International Broadcast Centre in Johannesburg. Based on high-speed fibre-optic infrastructure by Telkom SA Ltd, MEDIA BROADCAST is planning, building and operating a sophisticated IP-based broadcast platform for all types of contribution networks and video signal distribution, including high-resolution HDTV images. Services will commence this coming June during the FIFA Confederations Cup being held at the Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Johannesburg stadia. The following year MEDIA BROADCAST will be broadcasting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ from a total of ten stadia.

http://www.media-broadcast.com/en/company/press/media-broadcast-to-deliver-expertise-as-media-partner-for-2010-fifa-world-cup-in-south-africa.html

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ITU Radio Regulations 2008

The Radio Regulations, Edition of 2008, contains the complete texts of the Radio Regulations as adopted by the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1995) (WRC-95) and subsequently revised and adopted by the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997) (WRC-97), the World Radiocommunication Conference (Istanbul, 2000) (WRC-2000), the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2003) (WRC-03), and the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) (WRC-07), including all Appendices, Resolutions, Recommendations and ITU-R Recommendations incorporated by reference.

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Radio on DTH: Will You Get It?

Radio on DTH: Will You Get It?

Some of you have been enjoying radio via the direct-to-home (DTH) services that you've subscribed to; however the future of the radio services being provided to you with the DTH package could be doubtful.

Some DTH providers have been offering radio services, mainly state-owned All India Radio and satellite radio WorldSpace.

So, what's the problem?

Considering that offering radio services through the DTH platform is a common practice in European countries, US, middle-east, among others; the feasibility of such a practice in India is yet to be determined.

With their respective reasoning, DTH providers have brought up this issue, with some being in favor of the radio service to be offered to consumers via DTH platform and the others against it.

Which operators are for radio on DTH, or against it?

As reported by Medianama, the following approve of radio via the DTH platform under various conditions are: TataSky, Sun Direct, Reliance Big TV, Bharti Airtel, and Worldspace Inc, which already provides a registration process for radio channels to be distributed via satellite onto DTH, IPTV, Internet and cellular networks.

In order to be able to reach beyond limited spaces, FM radio player Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) too wants radio on the DTH platform.

On the condition of limiting a radio service in conjunction with the proximity factor, Radio Mid-Day West, which operates Radio One FM 94.3, also supports radio via DTH Among other conditions, it has added that "DTH must be a medium to provide the radio station on an as-is basis and not modify or insert any content to avoid copyright issues."

Dish TV, Zee Turner have been staunch non-supporters of radio services to be offered through the DTH platform.

The key reason for the Dish and Zee to oppose the 'radio via DTH' platform is their concern for offering FM stations on DTH being a violation of government norms.

Solution

The issue of "Provisioning of exclusive radio channels (with or without advertisements) on DTH platforms" will be taken up at the open house discussions conducted by TRAI on May 5, 2009.

-www.techtree.com


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