ddregionalThe minister of state for information & broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that Doordarshan and AIR need to establish connect with the people not only geographically but also focus on the content and programmes.

Speaking at the 28th State Information Ministers Conference here today, he also touched upon the activities carried out by media units and training institutes under the ministry.

travelxphdGiving competition to Discovery Channel, Prashant Chothani-promoted travel and lifestyle channel, travelxp, is all set to take southern India by storm with the launch of its new channel in Tamil. The channel's soft launch is scheduled for 13 December. It's availability on various distribution platforms will be unveiled post its launch.

The aim of the channel is to connect with the regional audience and broaden the audience base that travelxp already enjoys.

suntvA review has been sought by the information and broadcasting ministry from the home ministry about security clearance to Sun TV Network Ltd in view of the amended guidelines of that ministry. Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the Parliament yesterday that no reply had been received so far from the home ministry.

However, he said renewal of permission has been granted to the channels which have been given security clearance. Of the 33 TV channels of M/s Sun TV Network Ltd., four TV channels are due for renewal of permission after 10 years. To a question, he said no case was pending in any court against any of the 33 channels.

v6newsV6 News, from the stable of the Telugu channel popular across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, also wants to challenge Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC India) after the latter suspended its ratings review for some weeks along with other two channels on 24 November, 2016.

BARC India, the only television audience measurement body in India, had temporarily suspended the review of viewership of three news channels. BARC communicated to all the broadcasters that ratings for India News, TV9 Telugu and V6 News were suspended owing to suspected mala fide practices.

arynewsgeotvA legal rift raging between two big media groups in Pakistan -- ARY News and Geo TV -- settled recently in a British Court. ARY News lost the legal battle and will have to pay approximately INR 1.58 crore compensation to Geo.

Pakistani newspapers reported that ARY News had been asked by the court to pay the amount to Geo TV chairman Mir Shakeelur Rehman. As per the media reports, the case was filed by Rehman in London's High Court of Justice against ARY News for defaming and threatening him.