Channel 4 Bollywood season soon
Channel 4’s annual Bollywood season will be shown later this year, it has been confirmed. The network has secured up to twenty big movie titles and like every year the channel will be screening a number of terrestrial TV premieres. Biz Asia will be revealing the full list mid-week next week. However, as a taster, we can tell you that Channel 4 will be airing films like Main Hoon Naa, Kuch Naa Kaho and Armaan.
Sahara TV secures Boney Kapoor film library
India’s Sahara TV channel is readying the launch of its Sahara Filmy channel, which is set for a launch around Diwali on 25th October. Today, the channel announced it had acquired the whole Boney Kapoor movie library, which includes the yet-to-be released movies No Entry (starring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan and Bipasha Basu) and Paanch. Also a part of the deal, Sahara has won the rights of Company, Bewaffa, Mathrunhoomy, Run, Pukar, Khushi and Sirf Tum. Sahara TV is currently only available in Asia and is looking at securing a distribution deal on digital platforms in the UK for a 2006 launch.
Sony’s Rihhaee goes off air in October
Sony Entertainment Television Asia’s troubled woman-centric drama Rihhaee is finally going off air in India mid-September. The channel will be removing the drama from its schedule in the UK in October. Biz Asia had earlier announced that Rihhaee will be going off air due to low viewership of the series.
Gay Muslims to be shown on Channel 4 in autumn
The Channel 4 autumn schedule announced today shows a new programme called Gay Muslims to be screened by the network later this year. This ground-breaking documentary film explores the lives of gay and lesbian Muslims in the UK. The synopsis of the programme is as follows:
“As with many religions, there are some within the Muslim community who feel strongly that homosexuality is incompatible with the Muslim faith. Gay Muslims looks at how those affected by this prejudice struggle to integrate their religion with their sexuality. For some it means living a secret double life, while for others it means losing the respect and support of their family and community. Many give in to family pressure and get married, others run away from home to set up a life of their own. This emotional film offers an insight into the often tortuous, secret lives of gay practising Muslims.”
A telecast date for Gay Muslims is yet to be confirmed, keep it with Biz Asia for the absolute latest.
SET Max EPG rectified
Asian movie broadcaster SET Max has today rectified its EPG. The channel launched at the end of July and was displaying incorrect timings of shows. Today the problem has been resolved. An insider at Sony Entertainment Television Asia, the network’s flagship station has also said that the channel is still in testing mode and will be officially launched with a full-on marketing blitz later in the year.
Asia World TV postponed, new channel soon
The owners of the much-delayed Asia World TV channel have today revealed plans for a new broadband TV service, which will launch on Sky soon. Details of the new channel will be announced on our sister site Sky Digi Online in September. As for Asia World TV, the channel is still planning a launch but still no date yet.