India Media Monitor (Issue 5, June 2009)


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India Media Monitor (Issue 5, June 2009)

  1. 1. India Media Monitor India Media Monitor | Fortnightly newsletter on the Indian media industry | Issue No. 5, Published 15th June 2009 | Published by Heernet Ventures Limited ( | News stories Videocon announces launch of DTH service Big TV in partnership with ESPN Aegis launches Vizeum in India Dainik Jagran launches new broadsheet newspaper, Rashtriya Sanskaran Adlabs undergoes restructuring Prasana Krishana appointed Neo Sports COO Percept Knorigin launches travel search engine ROK and BSNL launch mobile TV Data Share price data Deal Sheet Advisory services Heernet Ventures publishes this newsletter as part of its We can help you understand the structure of the Indian media research coverage of the Indian media industry. You can industry and the key challenges that exist for foreign investors. access more research on the Indian media industry from our We can also assist with deep analysis of key industry research website at segments and assist you in both identifying and negotiating If you are a media company or financial investor seeking with suitable, local companies. Over the last five years, we growth opportunities in the Indian media industry, we can have worked on assignments across the publishing, Internet assist you to ensure that you are successful in identifying and and broadcasting sectors. executing the best opportunities. With dedicated teams in both London and India, we are well placed to provide ‘on the ground’ assistance and support. For an initial discussion, contact Harjinder Singh-Heer on +44 (0) 208 180 7223 or by email on © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. India Media Monitor News Media ATV television channel launched Videocon announces launch of DTH service Date 8th June, 2009 Date 8th June, 2009 A new television channel called ATV has been launched in Videocon, an Indian consumer electronics group, plans to Hyderabad. It offers information on job and business launch DTH services through Bharat Business Channel opportunities (including tenders) and counselling services. (BCCL), a subsidiary, by the end of June. The service will first be launched in Kolkata under the D2H+ brand name. The company also plans to launch GSM mobile services Adlabs undergoes restructuring through Datacom, another subsidiary. Date 3rd June, 2009 The diversified media group, Adlabs has launched a Big TV in partnership with ESPN restructuring of its business. It will transfer Big 92.7 FM, its th radio division, to Reliance Unicom and merge its film Date 8 June, 2009 production business, Entertainment One India, into the BIG TV, a DTH service offered by Reliance ADAG, and parent company. It will also transfer its digital cinema ESPN Star Sports have entered into a partnership to provide division, Mukta Adlabs Exhibition, to Adlabs Films. interactive cricket services on Big TV. Interactive services Adlabs Films has also launched a new film and television include match highlights on demand, multi-view options and outsourcing unit that will digitise films and television shows choices between live and extra camera or highlight feeds. and transform them from old formats to new formats such as DVD and mobile. Adlabs operates 430 multiplex cinemas Aegis launches Vizeum in India in India, Malaysia and the US. Date 9th June, 2009 Aegis Media, a subsidiary of the UK-based Aegis Group has Prasana Krishana appointed Neo Sports COO launched Vizeum, a new media agency in India. Vizeum Date 5th June, 2009 has operations in 44 countries alongside Carat, another of Neo Sports Broadcasts, an Indian operator of sports Aegis Media’s brands. Aegis Media operates in outdoor and channels, has appointed Prasana Krishnan as its COO. digital services in India through its Posterscope, Isobar, Krishnan was previously Vice President (Strategy and Carat Fresh Integrated and Carat Media brands. Business Development), and has been with the company since 2006. Dainik Jagran launches new broadsheet newspaper, Rashtriya Sanskaran th Amit Sinha appointed CEO of Triveni Media Date 10 June, 2009 Date 9th June, 2009 The Indian newspaper group, Dainik Jagran has launched Rashtriya Sanskaran, a new 16-page Hindi language Triveni Media, a media subsidiary of Triveni Infrastructure, broadsheet newspaper. The newspaper will focus on has appointed Amit Sinha as its CEO and director. Sinha national issues and has a cover price of INR3. Its first has acquired a 50% stake in Triveni Media. edition has been launched in Delhi and it will eventually launch editions in other major cities. © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. India Media Monitor Internet mobile content services. Comviva is the parent company of Bharti Airtel and provides mobile content services to telecom service providers in emerging markets. It will Percept Knorigin launches travel search engine manage Bharti’s services for 3 years. Date 1st June, 2009 Percept Knorigin, an Indian digital company, has launched Swan Telecom renamed as Etisalat DB Telecom, an online travel search engine. The India search engine will provide flight details and the availability of train tickets, and search for hotel deals. It can search the Date 9th June, 2009 details of approximately 0.9 million hotels in 118 countries. Swan Telecom, an Indian telecom operator, has renamed itself as Etisalat DB Telecom, a joint venture between Etisalat and DB Realty. The company has recently acquired Novatium launches netPC licences to provide telecom services in 15 circles in India. Date 7th June, 2009 Novatium Solutions, an Indian computing services provider, RCOM in joint venture with Krishak Bharati has launched netPC, to be used with a BSNL broadband th connection. Nova netPC retails for INR2,999 and includes a Date 11 June, 2009 CPU, keyboard, mouse and modem. The service aims to Reliance Communications (RCOM), an Indian telecom increase computer and Internet penetration in India. operator, has entered into a joint venture with Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited. Kridhak Bharati will hold a 60% stake and RCOM a 40% stake in the joint venture, ROK and BSNL launch mobile TV called Reliance Kisan Ltd, formed to sell RCOM’s mobile Date 5th June, 2009 services in rural areas. ROK Entertainment Group, a UK-based mobile entertainment company, will offer mobile TV services for Tata Teleservices plans to launch GSM services subscribers to BSNL, an Indian telecom operator, on its Date 11th June,2009 2.5G network. Its mobile TV services (branded as TINY TV) include 14 channels and are available for INR150 per Tata Teleservices, an Indian telecom operator, has month. announced that it will launch mobile services on a GSM platform by the end of June 2009 under the Tata DoCoMo brand. Tata Teleservices is a leading player in the CDMA Telecoms segment with 35.7 million subscribers (April 2009). Bharti in agreement with Comviva Date 10th June, 2009 Bharti Airtel, an Indian telecom operator, has entered into an agreement with Comviva Technologies Ltd to manage its For access to information and analysis on the global media industry, visit The website offers free profiles of over 1,000 media companies worldwide and regularly updated industry research and data. G2Mi also carries information on a wide range of detailed industry reports on key growth segments of the global media industry. To subscribe to this newsletter for free, please register at © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. India Media Monitor Share Price Data Company name Reuters Bloomberg Currency Current % Change Code Code price 1 mth 6 mth 12 mth Diversified Media Adlabs Films ADLF.BO ADLF:IN INR 405.20 74.62% 119.03% -24.12% UTV Software Communications UTVS.BO UTV:IN INR 394.95 32.53% 64.56% -49.37% Broadcasting Balaji Telefilms BLTE.BO BLJT:IN INR 61.00 41.20% -19.74% -68.39% Entertainment Network India ENIL.BO ENIL:IN INR 210.60 44.30% 62.00% -47.09% ETC Network ETNT.NS ETCN:IN INR 117.95 65.43% 71.07% -36.59% IBN Broadcast IBN.NS IBN18:IN INR 118.65 28.97% 29.67% 29.32% NDTV NDTV.BO NDTV:IN INR 154.05 35.85% 35.37% -61.09% Sun TV SUTV.BO SUNTV:IN INR 254.55 23.87% 52.52% 25.79% TV Today Network TVTO.NS TVTN:IN INR 100.50 29.26% 50.00% 10.38% Zee Entertainment ZEE.NS Z:IN INR 183.40 41.68% 44.69% -14.74% Zee News ZEEN.NS ZEE:IN INR 43.40 34.57% 33.13% -15.40% Publishing Deccan Chronicle DCHL.BO DECH:IN INR 80.15 35.85% 70.17% -29.07% Mid day multimedia MIDD.BO MIDM:IN INR 18.85 40.67% 65.35% -30.06% Navneet Publication NAVN.BO NPI:IN INR 70.15 28.72% 89.59% -13.93% HT Media HTML.BO HTML:IN INR 100.75 50.94% 39.06% -23.03% Jagran Prakashan JAGP.BO JAGP:IN INR 80.20 49.07% 45.82% 17.08% Entertainment K Sera Sera Productions KSER.BO GPM:IN INR 14.70 47.00% -2.97% -43.46% Mukta arts MUKR.BO MUKR:IN INR 62.65 53.37% 22.84% -35.94% Prime Focus PRFO.BO PRIF:IN INR 209.15 74.58% 61.69% -58.17% Pritish Nandy Comms PNCL.BO PRTN:IN INR 28.30 57.22% 58.99% -44.13% Pyramid Saimira Theatre PYSA.BO PSTL.IN INR 28.55 60.39% -39.26% -90.42% Crest Animation CRCO.BO CRSA:IN INR 21.65 18.63% 9.90% -61.82% PVR PVRL.BO PVRL:IN INR 117.35 42.67% 58.69% -32.27% Internet Info Edge INED.BO INED:IN INR 641.90 18.87% 60.47% -31.43% Northgate Technologies NOTC.BO NORT:IN INR 46.55 18.15% -8.28% -87.59% © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. India Media Monitor Deal Sheet A summary of key deals and joint ventures over the last 3 months. Date Sub Sector Investor Investee Terms Details May-09 Value-added Geodesic Ltd Interactive 100% stake Geodesic Ltd is a communication and entertainment services Networks Inc solutions provider. Interactive Networks Inc is a value- added services provider in South America. May-09 Advertising Ybrant Digital Dream Ad n.a. Ybrant digital is an e-marketing company. Dream Ad is an ad network based in Argentina. May-09 Television Zee Entertainment Resource 40% stake for Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd is an entertainment Enterprise Ltd Software US$56 million company. Limited May-09 Telecommuni Sahara Group S Tel 11.7% stake S Tel is a Chennai-based telecom company. Sahara Group cations is an entertainment conglomerate. Apr-09 Advertising Future Group Dhar & Hoon 60% stake Future Group is a major retail company in India. Dhar & Hoon is a mid-sized advertising company. Apr-09 Television Oman Investment Fund Neo Sports INR2.58 billion Oman Investment is an-Oman based venture capital (Oman) and 3i Broadcasting company and 3i is a Mauritius-based investment company. (Mauritius) Neo Sports is owned by Zenith Sport, a subsidiary of Nimbus Communication Ltd. Apr-09 Outdoor Hype Integracomm Pvt Asawari n.a Hype Integracomm Ltd is a Mumbai-based advertising advertising Ltd (India) Publicity company. Asawari Publicity is a Pune-based outdoor advertising company. © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. India Media Monitor Published by: Heernet ventures limited London UK, Gurgaon India Tel: +44 (0) 208 180 7223 Fax: +44 (0) 870 762 3014 Web:, © Heernet ventures limited 2009. All Rights Reserved. All corporate logos, images and brands are copyright of the respective companies. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information in this report is correct at the time of publication. Heernet ventures limited and its directors do not accept any liability for any errors or omissions within this report. Unless specified, the views expressed in this report are purely those of the author. The content of this report does not in any way constitute investment advice or investment recommendations. Heernet ventures limited does not provide investment advice or investment advisory services and is not regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK or any other financial services regulator in any other country. The content of this report cannot be reproduced without the written permission of the author. This copy must not be circulated in either electronic or print format outside of the purchasing organisation. © Heernet Ventures Limited. All Rights Reserved