Friday, December 30, 2005
"The rush of international networks over the past few years and the quest for multiple alignments—UK’s WPP group owns five of the top 10 agencies in India, while No. 3, Interpublic, has a majority holding in three—is a signal that the world is fast discovering the Indian market. With a population of over one billion and a middle class (estimated at 300 million) larger than the US’ total population, the rewards are high."
Thursday, December 22, 2005
"While the telecom networking/solutions company will mainly focus on providing internet in television (known as IPTV or internet protocol over television), it is already talking to three leading Indian operators - Bharti Televentures, Reliance Infocomm and state-owned BSNL - to bring this technology in the Indian market, said Andreas Mueller-Schubert, president of fixed networks solutions, Siemens Comm."
Sunday, December 18, 2005
IndiaTelevision.com: CNN gets Dupont Award for Tsunami coverage
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Media: Business Week shuts Asia edition
Thursday, December 08, 2005
"China is joining the high-tech podcasting craze that allows people to use their own Web sites to air everything from songs and jokes to speeches. Podcasters in cities all over China are hitting the Internet to share their "life-casting" experiences through audio files, the official Xinhua news agency said. Podcasting lets individuals to produce their own audio files and upload them onto a Web site."
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
"One of the leading chroniclers of U.S. popular culture -- Rolling Stone magazine -- is taking on the next frontier - China. The monthly has licensed Hong Kong-based One Media Group to publish a Chinese-language edition in the mainland, One Media Group Chief Strategy Officer Robby Yung told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The target launch date is the first quarter of next year, Yung said."
"Ad professionals in Asia were particularly concerned about the increasing trend of introducing legislation to restrict advertising, which in turn leads to stifled innovation and competition and reduced consumer choice. This impacts economic growth, jobs, the press and media and becomes a burden that is ultimately shouldered by the consumer."
NepalNews.com: Journalists in Nepal, Pak most harassed in South Asia: Report
"A media monitoring report prepared by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) has said journalists in Nepal faced more harassment than any other South Asian country in the first three quarters of 2005. Pakistan ranked second in terms of harassment faced by the journalists, SAFMA report said."
AsiaMedia: China suspends plan to allow local printing of foreign newspapers
IndianTelevision.com: Star needs to look at regional strategy: Guthrie
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The country's leading newspaper joins the new wave with Inquirer Compact, designed with the needs of certain groups of readers in mind.The Compact is a daily newspaper with a strong regional orientation. Published in Metro Manila, it will be distributed only in key cities in Luzon."
Sunday, November 20, 2005
The Committee to Protect Journalists: Thai prime minister intensifies threats against television commentator
Friday, November 18, 2005
"Although China now has a large share in the global broadband internet market, the use of broadband internet in Chinese families is still relatively low at 3%, far behind its Asian neighbors like South Korea and Singapore. Mao also mentioned that more than 40 million Chinese now access the internet through their mobile phones and this group of internet users is mostly aged between 18 and 28 years old."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Asia Media: Now read foreign newspapers in India
The Korea Times: Journalists Call for Press Freedom in Nepal
Mediachannel/AP: China Reportedly Shuts Down Award-Winning Blog
"Chinese authorities have blocked a pro-democracy Web log after it was nominated for a freedom of expression award by a German radio station, a press freedom group said. The blog, titled Wang Yi's Microphone, dealt with "sensitive subjects" and was maintained by a teacher from Sichuan province, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.China's communist government encourages Internet use for education and business, but blocks material deemed subversive or pornographic."
Monday, November 14, 2005
AsiaMedia: Western companies under fire over media controls in China
"Equipment by French group Thales is used to jam foreign radio broadcasts while United States firm Cisco's technology-savvy machinery censors Internet messages and helps Beijing track down Chinese cyber dissidents, according to the groups meeting at a forum on "China's media meltdown"."
PRNewswire: Reuters Appoints Alexander Hungate Managing Director Reuters Asia
Friday, November 11, 2005
The Guardian: CNN teams up for Indian news channel
IFRA: Beyond the Printed Word 2005 -conference moblogs
"Imee Alcantara, AVP corporate planning and business development of The Philippine Daily Inquirer, explains how her newspaper uses mobile phones to call people to action, to ask readers for their opinions, and to inform them about breaking news, such as the death of Pope John Paul II. "Wireless gives you the opportunity of having additional accessibilty to the readers, reinforces the relationship with them, and helps you reach new audiences," says Alcantara."
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
"Maxim will be the first international men's lifestyle title to debut in the country, ahead of rival FHM, as the titles seek new audiences. Media Transasia India picked up the exclusive licence agreement from Dennis and the launch is planned for November, with a Bollywood celeb rumoured to front the first issue."
"Maxim will launch with an initial print run of 80,000. Although the country's population nears 1.1 billion people, the market is still relatively small.The bestselling men's mag there, Man's World currently shifts between 12,000 and 15,000 copies."
ClickZNews: ZenithOptimedia Raises Internet Forecast
"ZenithOptimedia upgraded its outlook for Internet advertising on a global scale, saying it now expects the medium to hold a 4.3 percent market share in 2005, as compared to the 4.1 percent share it predicted in July. The company also increased its total global ad spend forecast. The nations with the highest growth rates are the "BRIC" countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The group will drive 27 percent of world ad growth for the year."
AdAgeChina: Foreigners tempted by 1+ billion viewers
"With 347 million households watching television for an average of three hours per day, according to CSM Media Research, international media owners and marketers are eager to tap the potential of that country’s TV industry. But with more than 2,000 channels on terrestrial and pay-TV platforms at city, provincial and national levels, it is a complex, challenging scenario."
Asia Times Online: Advertising revenue surges 20% in first half
"China's advertising revenue stood at 143.4 billion yuan (US$17.7 billion) in the first half of this year, up 20% year-on-year, according to latest data released by Nielsen Media Research. Of the total revenue, TV ads accounted for four-fifths. Ads for male consumer goods and overseas tourism saw fast growth."
"According to the data, the top three sectors for advertising expenses were medicines, cosmetics/bathroom articles, and retail and services. Their advertising expenses came to 30 billion yuan, 27.5 billion yuan and 21.5 billion yuan, respectively."
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
"Even in India—the world’s largest democracy—some bloggers are being taken to court for making libelous remarks against individuals and companies. Early this year, India’s one of the biggest media companies, the Times Group (which owns The Times of India) served legal notice to an Indian blogger Pradyuman Maheshwari for defamation after he criticized the newspaper group on his blog, Mediaah! (http://mediaah.blogspot.com). Bombay-based Maheshwari is a senior journalist and commentator. As Maheshwari did not have sufficient funds to fight a legal battle against the media behemoth, he had to delete all the controversial posts from his blog."
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
The Economist: What's to stop India and China?
Sunday, October 30, 2005
RSF: North Korea, Eritrea and Turkmenistan are the world’s “black holes” for news
The Sydney Morning Herald: You wouldn't read about it, but Asia's press thrives
"Tarun Tejpal, editor-in-chief of Tehelka, said of India's media explosion: "If you already have a swimming pool to swim in, then you're not interested in much else. But we are a society in transition, everyone wants to know what's happening. The curve in newspapers is still going up and will do so for some time.""
"In India there is an untapped market of 500 million people who do not yet read a newspaper. Another editor, Mythili Bhusnurmath of The Financial Express, said: "We are one of the only countries left in the world in which literacy is still rising, and the first thing a new reader picks up is a newspaper.""
"Indian editors are confident that there is "generations more" expansion ahead for newsprint, in tandem with digital communication. But, as the Australian media consultant Paul Budde warned Indian proprietors at a media conference in Chennai this week, the end of newspapers is coming faster than Asia thinks. Which means Asia could well be enjoying newsprint's last, glorious gasp."
CNN: E-commerce key to China Web growth
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba.com:
Saturday, October 29, 2005
The Hindu: Are newspapers under threat from the new media?
Friday, October 28, 2005
NY Times/Mediachannel: Study Says Software Makers Supply Tools to Censor Web
"Microsoft, Cisco and Yahoo, for example, have all come under fire recently for providing technology or otherwise cooperating with the Chinese government to enable it to monitor and censor Internet use."
"Last month, Liu, 41, became one of the world's most powerful media executives when she was tapped to be the president of Radio Free Asia (RFA), the US-funded broadcast service that brings news to the information-starved people of China and other repressive Asian regimes."
"In that position, she will oversee a Washington-based organization of 240 people that broadcasts around the clock, seven days a week, to closed Asian countries in nine languages -- Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, Tibetan, Uighur, Burmese, Khmer, Korean, Lao and Vietnamese. RFA has bureaus in Taipei, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Seoul and Bangkok and staffers in Tokyo and other Asian cities."
"As a Taiwanese-American, one of the opportunities Liu will have as RFA president is to oversee the spread of news in China, including news of developments in Taiwan. She insists that RFA will not try to proselytize, but instead will be even-handed in presenting the news to the Chinese people.For instance, when asked how she would handle the issue of Taiwan's independence, Liu replied:"To us, it's news, just like any other piece of news. We try to cover news from both angles. We do not take a position on any of those issues. We don't promote or speak against Taiwan['s] independence, but rather we make sure that we cover each event from every angle," she said."
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
AdAgeChina: Japan Inc. Takes Closer Look at China
"Ad agencies “increasingly are asked by clients to help them with marketing strategies for China,” said Mark Blair, Ogilvy‘s Tokyo-based president, Japan, “to help them understand local conditions and make new products that are right for China.” As in Japan, Dentsu is the biggest competitor for Japanese clients the multinational agencies face in China.. Much to its dismay, Japan’s advertising agency giant Dentsu has not succeeded in building a strong global network, but is determined to dominate the Chinese market the way it does in Japan."
"While Dentsu cannot own Chinese TV stations outright, the way it owns much of Japan’s airwaves, it has aggressively forged alliances with production companies like Shanghai Media Group to create branded content opportunities. Dentsu’s deep pockets also mean it can operate indefinitely with lower margins than Western agencies owned by holding companies with strict revenue targets like WPP Group. Dentsu now operates one of the largest agencies in Beijing."
Monday, October 24, 2005
IndianTelevision.com: BBC World's viewership figures in Asia reaching an all-time high : PAX 2005
"In a statement issued by BBC World, PAX points out that BBC World's monthly audience has risen by 34 per cent year-on-year among affluent and influential viewers in Asia-Pacific. The new Asian Media Brand Values study, issued for the first time, sees respondents praising BBC World for the quality of its output and the trust they have in the channel."
Article XIX: "War of Words: Conflict and Freedom of Expression in South Asia"
"The IFEX member has published a new study that analyses three countries - India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It finds that media reporting in these countries is often polarised along political, ethnic or religious lines, and that media ownership is seen by opposing sides as a key element in gaining control of information flows. It also finds that restrictions on free expression during conflict have a disproportionately adverse effect on women."
Source: ECCR-Mailing list
Sunday, October 23, 2005
"The world's entertainment and media industries will grow faster in the second half of the decade than the first, reaching $1.8 trillion in annual sales by 2009, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. The Asia-Pacific region, driven by gains in China and India, was seen expanding fastest, at nearly 12 per cent per year, to reach $432 billion in the same period."
"The fastest-growing media sector worldwide will be video games, with double-digit growth spurred by sales of next-generation consoles, online and wireless Internet access spending and online advertising, the report said. Newspaper publishing was expected to see the slowest growth during the period, with 3.3 percent compound annual growth in ad sales and circulation revenue bringing sales to $202 billion worldwide by 2009, the report said."
The International Herald Tribune: Aura of fear pervades Thai media
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Sydney Morning Herald: Macquarie Media may shop in Asia, too
"Macquarie Bank's new media fund is casting its net far and wide in the hunt for assets, focusing first on Australia, the UK, Europe and the US, but also keeping an eye on the more developed markets in Asia. Executive chairman Tim Hughes said Macquarie Media Group would look at broadcasters, outdoor advertising companies, newspapers and the internet and its expansion did not depend on changes to Australia's cross-media ownership laws, which he described as "ancient in this world"."
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
"On the eve of the 56th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Reporters Without Borders releases a report of an investigation into the role of the news agency Xinhua News Agency in the system of propaganda and censorship put in place by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)."
"Star TV, a satellite and cable operator based in Hong Kong, will buy 20 percent of the national network ANTV, giving it a firmer foothold in Indonesia, Asia's third most populous country. Star TV pay-television services are already available on cable and satellite in Indonesia."
Monday, October 10, 2005
IndianTelevision.com: Driving growth & profit in a changing broadcast paradigm
Friday, October 07, 2005
Aftenposten: Norske Skog sees future in China
"Norske Skog chief executive Jan Oksum could enjoy some positive reinforcement around him, instead of the criticism he's had in Norway. His company's new plant 280 kilometers south of Beijing, in Shijiazhuang, will produce 330,000 tons of newspaper print to Chinese customers."
China is the world's third-largest consumer of newspaper print, and the market is growing by 7-8 percent a year," Oksum noted.
Built on a former cornfield, the Hebei plant will make Norske Skog the world's largest producer of newspaper in the world. It's owned by PanAsia, in which Norske Skog holds 80 percent and Hebei Longteng Paper Corp of China holds 20 percent."
Thursday, October 06, 2005
NY Times: China Sets New Media Restrictions, This Time for the Internet
"The rules are part of a broader effort to roll back what the Communist Party views as a threatening trend toward liberalization in the news media. Taken together, the measures amount to a stepped-up effort to police the Internet, which has become a dominant source of news and information for millions of urban Chinese."
"Major search engines and portals like Sina.com and Sohu.com, used by millions of Chinese each day, must stop posting their own commentary articles and instead make available only opinion pieces generated by government-controlled newspapers and news agencies, the regulations stipulate."
"Chinese officials say they want to "safeguard national cultural security." But some analysts think the restrictions are aimed at keeping advertising revenue in the hands of state-controlled and domestic media enterprises. Even as Beijing moved to limit foreign companies, it has encouraged the development of private domestic media companies."
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
The Washington Post: Guide Aims to Help Bloggers Beat Censors
"Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure," Julien Pain, head of the watchdog's Internet Freedom desk, writes in the introduction."
"Baidu, which aspires to become the Chinese equivalent of world search leader Google, said it plans to appeal the case brought by Shanghai Busheng Music Culture Media, a joint venture between EMI Group and a Chinese partner."
"China is trying to protect intellectual property rights in a country where pirated music, movies and software are available on almost all street corners."
WSJ: Journal Redesigns Banner For International Editions
Vnanet: Per-capita newspaper average to up one-third by 2010
"The Vietnamese government plans to have 900 million copies of assorted newspapers printed by 2010, thus suppling each citizen with 10 copies of newspapers annually to read against the current 7.5 copies.The 10 year-long information strategy has also called for an increase in the number of books, from two books per capita to five."'
"Other targets include increasing the proportion of Vietnamese television series to 60 percent and giving all families in mountainous areas access to audio/ video facilities. The number of Internet subscribers is to reach 8.4 per cent while the rate of Internet users is expected to reach up to 40 percent, according to the strategy."
BBC News: Takeover of Thai paper dropped
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
"OhmyNews is much more than a soapbox, though. It is a cross between an online news site and a sophisticated blog. Koreans flock to it. The site gets 1.7 million to 2 million page views each day, a number that shot up to 25 million during the December 2002 presidential election."
"When reformer Roh Moo Hyun won the tight presidential race, he granted his first domestic interview to OhmyNews -- a slap to the conservative corporate daily papers that supported his rival."
"The privately held Web site has been profitable since September 2003 and is projected to pull in $10 million this year, Min said. By contrast, Salon.com in San Francisco pulled in $6.6 million in fiscal year 2005 and had 1.1 million average daily page views in July, according to market research firm comScore Media Metrix. The DailyKos, a popular liberal blog written in Berkeley, had 96,774 average daily page views, and conservative blog Instapundit had 32,258 in July."
The San Francisco Chronicle: Chinese Internet vs. free speech, Hard choices for U.S. Tech Giants
"U.S. tech giants are helping the Chinese express themselves online -- as long as they don't write about democracy, Tibet, sex, Tiananmen Square, Falun Gong, government corruption or any other taboo subject."
"Microsoft bans "democracy" and "Dalai Lama" from the Chinese version of its blog site. Yahoo recently turned over information that helped the Chinese government track down and imprison a journalist for the crime of forwarding an e-mail. Google omits banned publications from its Chinese news service."
The Bangkok Post: Time for Reflection
"As a result, some advertisers are taking a waitandsee attitude on their media spending budgets and are moving ahead with caution. Advertising is the main source of income in the media sector and was the key reason for industry growth in recent years. But media spending figures released by Nielsen Media Research Thailand show disappointing results in the first quarter of the year. "
"The company said advertising in the first quarter of 2005 grew 1.2% to 19.9 billion baht year on year. In the same quarter of 2004, ad spending had risen 23.4% to 16 billion baht."
The Bangkok Post: The Message about Managing in Media
"Everyone has an opinion on the subject. Business observers appear to nod in approval at what looked like a savvy albeit aggressive move, giving the entertainment corporation new and improved content distribution channels."
MediaChannel: You Say 'Lei Ho', We Say You're Fired, TV Hosts Told
"Mainland television and radio hosts have been banned from using Hong Kong and Taiwanese accents on air. Anybody breaking the rules could lose their job under new rules issued by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television."
"The guidelines - - include standards and requirements covering the way a presenter may dress, style their hair, sound and participate in commercial activities."
"Don't use regional dialects or imitate Hong Kong and Taiwanese accents," the new rules say. "Except in situations of special need, radio and TV hosts across the mainland should use standard Putonghua in their programmes."
IndianTelevision: Springer to commence media business publishing from India
"SSB2B, one of the leaders in scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing is making its presence in India through two entities - Springer (India) in Delhi and Scientific Publishing Services in Chennai. Today, SSB2B CEO Haank announced that India would continue to play a strategic role in the STM market as well as in business process outsourcing."
"Currently, 25 per cent of SSB2B's 5000 strong labour force is in India, and the company plans to increase India’s share to 50 per cent of their global projected work force over the next few years, even if this means job cuts for their European and American labor force. “We have not taken it upon ourselves to subsidise the German economy, we have a responsibility to our share-holders”, said Hank during a press conference in Bangalore."
Red Herring: Asia 100: Entertainment & Media
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