9XM to start Jalwa for older audiences

23 Feb,2012

By Rishi Vora


On February 25, India’s music TV segment will see one more channel launch – 9x Jalwa – 9x Media’s second Bollywood music channel after 9xm.


The differentiation, however, lies in the fact that the channel will cater to 25 + audiences and offer timeless Bollywood music from an era starting 1965 to 2000. The market which has few other players like Mastii, Channel V, MTV, Zoom, Bindass and Mix – most of these channels cater to relatively younger audiences.  Mastii is the genre leader with a relative market share of 12.4 per cent (Source: HSM, CS 15+, TAM Media Research), while 9xm is at 11.1 per cent share.


While MTV and Channel V are skewed more towards being Youth Entertainment Channels, Mastii, 9xm and Sony Mix are pure play Bollywood music channels. And in that sense, 9x Jalwa comes as channel with a clear differentiation as far as its TG and content is concerned.


For starters, the channel will be available across cable operators – analog and digital. As for DTH, the company will look to sign deals in phase 2 – once the channel gains some momentum.


Punit Pandey

Content-wise, 9x Jalwa will have a rich library of over 2000 songs that will be played on the channel, besides short format shows, humour and trivia led interstitials. As against half-hour or one hour shows that is seen on other music channels, 9x Jalwa will air back-to-back music, giving viewers a non-stop music experience.


Sharing the thought process of launching a second Bollywood music channel after 9xm, Sr VP and Head – New Business Mr Punit Pandey said: “9xm caters to audiences in the age group of 15-24. It is primarily a youth channel, but with 9x Jalwa, we’re looking at covering all age groups. Also, we will be the first channel to cater to the 25 + audience.”


He further added, “The market for 9x Jalwa is fairly big, and we think there is a lot of potential.”  From a group perspective, it is advantage 9x Media; for it is the only group in the domain to have two Bollywood channels catering to two different age-groups. As Pandey states, it will help them add value on two most important fronts: viewers and advertisers.


Amar Tidke

On the programming front, Mr Amar Tidke, Head – Programming and Sr VP, 9x Media said; “With 9x Jalwa, viewers will get the best of Bollywood music, maximum nostalgia and humour.” Some of the shows on 9X Jalwa will include HalkatSawal, Kassette Kahaniyan and Bolly Brands. The company has signed on Brand Harvest as its creative agency. The packing aspect of the channel has been done by Point Break Media.


The on-going marketing campaign comprises of on-air spots on group channels and a digital plan which includes social media initiatives.


9x Jalwa is the group’s fourth offering after 9xm, Punjabi music channel 9xm Tashan and Marathi music channel 9x Jhakaas. It will be interesting to watch how the channel progresses and how the market responds.


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One response to “9XM to start Jalwa for older audiences”

  1. Media News says:

    9X media is also operating many music channel which are very famous like as 9XM, 9X Tashan, 9X Jhakaas. Now he is going to launch fourth music channel 9X jalwa. That’s great.

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