ZEE to hold own mela

ZEE Network has exclusively revealed to Biz Asia that it will be holding its own mela next year. The news follows after ZEE decided to opt out of the annual Media Moguls event, which will now see STAR sponsor the November event at the Birmingham NEC. Sony Entertainment Television Asia holds its annual Asian Lifestyle Exhibition with Sunrise Radio. ZEE Network will be releasing further information to Biz Asia about the new ZEE Mela. We can reveal that the event will be held at the Excel Docklands Arena, the same place, where this year’s mamoth ZEE Cine Awards ceremony was held. Dates for the mela are yet to be confirmed but it looks likely to be the last weekend of March 2006 (once again, the same period the ZEE Cine Awards were held this year).

ARY Digital wins Pakistan cricket

ARY Digital has confirmed to Biz Asia that it has won the TV rights to the forthcoming Pakistan cricket test series against England and India. The network has not yet announced if it will be screening the matches, it is currently contemplating between sharing coverage of the matches with another broadcaster or selling the rights to another broadcaster solely. A decision is expected on this in the next few days, so keep it here for the latest.

Vectone channels renamed

The Vectone TV channels have been renamed on the Sky Digital EPG. Vectone Punjab is available on EPG 823 and Vectone Channel I on 814.

K-Jal defects Club Asia to Sunrise Radio

K-Jal, presenter of London’s youth station Club Asia has decided to move to rival Sunrise Radio. He has been presenting the station’s new late-night phone-in show No Holds Barred and will soon be heard on Sunrise Radio. More on this story soon.

ZEE to commence new contest

ZEE Network will be launching a new contest based on film icon Amitabh Bachchan next month. It will be on the hunt to find Big B’s biggest fan the whole of next month. Superfan, as the contest will be called will coincide with a season of Amitabh Bachchan movies airing on Saturday afternoons on ZEE Cinema in October. More on this story soon.