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    India’s international network 94.3 Radio One (Next Radio Ltd) declared its financial results for Q2 2018 in the board meeting held last week.

    Revenue was up 17% sequentially from Rs. 167. 3 million in Q1 2018-19 to Rs 195. 6 million in Q2 2018-19.  EBIDTA was up 32% from Rs. 25.4 million in Q1 2018-19 to Rs. 33.7 million in Q2 2018-19.

    In a Q2 to Q2 comparison, revenue was up 3% in Q2 18-19 as compared to Q2 17-18. Q2 18-19 EBIDTA at Rs. 33.7 million was up 13.4% over Q2 17- 18 at Rs. 29.7 million.

    The half year performance of the company, April to Sept 2018, saw a revenue growth of 4.8% from Rs. 344.6 million in Apr-Sept 17-18 to Rs. 362. 9 million in Apr-Sept 2018-19 and a superlative EBIDTA growth of 54.7% from Rs. 32.7 million in Apr-Sept 17-18 to Rs. 59.1 million in Apr-Sept 18-19.

    Vineet Singh Hukmani, MD & CEO Next Radio Ltd said: “Despite an overall commoditized & therefore difficult media market in the first half of the year, that continues to witness single digit topline growth, we were able to maximize efficiencies across functions resulting in substantial EBIDTA growth in our radio business.  We have not only strengthened our position with unique engaging content designed for our 5.94 million upscale listener tribe (IRS 2017) but we now have a means to measure brand consumption & preferences of our high value audience using our innovative audience tracker called the International Indian Monitor.”


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    94.3 Radio One, India’s international upscale format network, is the official radio partner in the country for the movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - a biopic of Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead singer of the band Queen.

    The movie, starring American actor Rami Malek who plays Freddie, releases in theatres on November 16.

    To bring the movie alive for Queen fans all over India, the in-house band of the radio station, ‘The Radio One Band’ did a tribute of the song ‘Radio Ga Ga’.

    The station is running three separate contests on air along with trivia by various Indian celebs.

    The highlight is an interview with Peter Freestone who was Freddie’s best friend and biographer.

    The station will also feature Bruce Murray, who was in Freddie’s first band “The Hectics” at St. Peters Boy School in Panchgani.


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    India’s public broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR) remembered a visit by Mahatma Gandhi to its studios on Monday.

    Also known as Father of the Nation, Gandhi made his first and only address from AIR on November 12, 1947. The day was declared as the Jan Prasaran Diwas (Public Service Broadcasting Day) in 2000.

    Gandhi had decided to address refugees from Pakistan housed in a camp in Kurukshetra who were facing trauma and suffering caused by the partition of India through radio, as he could not visit them.

    His opening words from the studios of Broadcasting House were ‘Main ek anjan purush hoon’ (I am an anonymous man).

    He narrated his experience to newspaper correspondents, describing microphone broadcasting in his speech as "a wondrous thing", a manifestation of Shakti and of "the miraculous power of God".

    A snippet of the speech was played as a mark of respect and tribute to him.

    The broadcaster also acknowledged Gandhi for showing the meaning and purpose of 'BahujanHitaya and BahujanSukhaya' (Benefit to all, happiness to all), which is also AIR’s motto.


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    Famous Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has made her debut as a radio presenter on Ishq 104.8 FM with a show called ‘What Women Want’.

    The show will discuss the everyday misogyny and sexism that women have to deal with in India.

    According to Kapoor, the show is primarily for the common women, as they would be able to derive inspiration from the stories told on this show.

    She said: “We have recorded shows with many amazing women. Not necessarily all of the movie stars. Like we have recorded a show with Sunny Leone, where she spoke about her struggles in this industry where she didn’t even know the language. At the same time, we interacted with Tinder India CEO Taru Kapoor. So, it is a mix of many things.”

    “We have spoken about topics that would otherwise not be spoken at home openly. Be it premarital sex or marriage. And these topics need to be spoken about.”

    She also shared how interacting with so many women from different walks of life has changed her perspective: “My mother brought up both us sisters and she was a single parent, today I know of my sister who is also a single mother. I have seen both of them leading their life so beautifully and that has influenced me. During the making of this show, I connected with so many wonderful women from different walks of life and it changed my perspective.”

    The show goes live from December 10 on Ishq 104.8 FM


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    Indian network 93.5 Red FM is addressing Kolkata's water crisis issue by spreading awareness about water conservation through their 'Nalbandi' initiative.

    In many parts of Kolkata free flowing water from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) pipes which don't have taps, often gets wasted.

    To fix this issue Red FM is placing taps on such water sources and running a campaign to sensitise people about this through active discussion on ways and means to curb wastage of water.

    The listeners are encouraged to inform the station about any such free flowing taps in their area which need to be regulated.

    Spearheaded by its breakfast show RJ Praveen, the initiative will also advise listeners on how to avoid unnecessary water usage to importance of self-regulated consumption.

    Commenting on the initiative, Nisha Narayanan, COO, RED FM, says: "As we all know the entire world population is surviving on just 1% of water which is the only readily accessible source.  And yet, we don't care enough about this vital resource without which life is unimaginable. Through our 'Nalbandi' initiative, we want to drive the point home that saving water is the only means of sustaining life. Increasingly, water crisis is an overarching problem not only in India but also globally. In Kolkata, we see a noticeable disparity when it comes to conserving water. Everyday a humongous amount of water gets wasted from the free-flowing public 'nals' present across the city. While saving this copious amount will create a huge difference in people's lives who won't have to wait for hours to get some water. We want to ensure that through our initiative water conservation becomes a daily routine in everyday life."


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    Indian network Big FM, along with Robin Hood Army will be marking the Human Rights Day via its social initiative #NoKhaliPet, which aims to feed 100,000 underprivileged people across the country.

    Robin Hood army is a volunteer-based organisation that serves less fortunate people by collecting surplus food from restaurants and the community and is encouraging people to come forward and support the cause.

    The campaign, which kickstarted on December 3 across the network’s 59 stations, is spread over nine days and will conclude on the day of Human Rights Day, December 10.

    Listeners can be a part of the campaign and contribute their bit by sending information to the Robin Hood Army on their Facebook page regarding excess food in hotels, banquets, caterers, upcoming wedding to collect food as well as regarding donation of raw grains, legumes and pulses.

    Big FM presenters from 59 radio stations will be visiting the local chapter of Robin Hood Army, engaging with listeners who have been working towards this cause in the city.

    A spokesperson from the network said: "We have always been at the forefront of creating campaigns not only for the entertainment of our listeners but also those which gives impetus to the growth in our society. This hard-hitting campaign aims to reinforce the reality of the prevalent challenge and encourage our listeners to make a difference."


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    Indian network Big FM has launched Mask-a-thon, a campaign to encourage citizens of Delhi to prioritize health before fashion and wear masks without any inhibition.

    The campaign aims to motivate people to wear masks while stepping out as the air condition in the city has been deteriorating at an alarming rate.

    The station’s hosts including MJ Khurafati Nitin, MJ Jassi, MJ Yogi and MJ Simran are visiting highly polluted areas and key markets of the city to educate the residents and visitors.

    A network spokesperson said: "We are concerned about the health of our listeners from Delhi NCR and how it is affecting their day-to-day lives. The city has been declared as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Through this campaign, we aim to challenge the status quo while encouraging our listeners to bring a difference in their lives by wearing masks."

    MJ Khurafati Nitin said: "I always feel proud and love to boast about the rich culture that this city has to offer. Considering the current scenario, it is disheartening to see the Air Quality Index go so high that it has been declared unsafe. I am certain that with this campaign we would be able educate more people and guide them in the right direction."

    BIG MJ Jassi said: "It saddens us to see what is happening around me in the city. We have always been vocal about issues which ended up affecting so many lives at such a large scale. The urge to come across fashionable can't be bigger than your well-being."


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    India’s Red FM has come up with Robot Rashmi - the world’s first Hindi-speaking humanoid robot, as a radio host.

    Robot Rashmi has been indigenously developed by Ranjit Srivastava– a Ranchi-based software engineer, for Rs 50,000 ($700) over two years.

    Designed on the lines of Sophia Robot, developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, it is the country’s first lip-syncing robot that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), Linguistic Interpretation (LI), visual data and face recognition systems enabling it to act and answer queries like a human being.

    The robot’s show, #AskRashmi was launched last week and airs twice a day – from 10 am to 11 am in the morning and from 5 pm to 6 pm in the evening.

    During the show, the robot interacts with the callers and responds to their questions. These conversations vary between topics like politics, environment, road safety with an understanding of human emotions.

     

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    India's Big FM network announced the sixth season of its on-air singing talent hunt 'Big Golden Voice'. 

    The theme for this year’s contest is ‘Sur Bane Humara’, which celebrates the musical diversity of the country.

    The participants will be selected through multiple rounds, with the local station level auditions taking place first to select city-wide winners.

    The city winners' voice will be played on-air before top 10 finalists are picked.

    This year, the show will be judged by Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam.

    Previous editions’ judges include Shankar Mahadevan (Season 2 & 3), Malik Brothers - Armaan and Amaal Malik (Season 4), Anu Malik (Season 5) and Abhijeet Bhattacharya (Season 1).


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    The DRM Consortium will highlight its recent achievements under the Broadcast Engineering Society (BES) conference and exhibition - BES EXPO 2019 on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting at New Delhi from January 17 to 19.  

    BES EXPO is rated as the biggest broadcast technology show in India with nearly 300 exhibitors from 25 countries and an estimated 3,000 professionals and decision-makers attending. 

    The DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) and some of its Indian and international members and partners (including BBC, Communication Systems Inc., Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, GeekSynergy, Inntot Technologies, NXP, RFmondial), will present the latest DRM receiver models and solutions as well as letting visitors experience a live DRM transmission for local coverage. 

    Visitors will be able to learn more about the latest DRM encoder equipment with full CAP compliance able to support the roll out of DRM Emergency Warning Functionality in India.
    A three-day conference on the theme "Next Generation Broadcasting in the IT World" will be held in parallel with the exhibition and will include three DRM sessions. One of these will be a panel discussion on the successes and next steps necessary for getting receivers to the population in parallel with the introduction of DRM transmissions in the country. 

    According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman: "As the DRM digital radio All India Radio roll-out makes India potentially the largest digital radio market in the world, the DRM Consortium is keen to showcase the many benefits of DRM emphasising its local coverage potential. Digital radio DRM is already showing its superiority, as its features and benefits overtake anything the analogue mode can provide. Using the full DRM standard in both AM and FM, all its extra services, is the only way to make it attractive to the Indian listeners, to the whole country engaged on the digital path."