AP viewers to get Xtra dose of Bollywood

17 Feb,2012

By Rishi Vora


Monica Broadcasting Pvt Ltd, a Hyderabad-based broadcast company has launched Xtra, tthe first ever 24-hour Telugu news channel geared towards movie buffs in the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP).


Launched on January 13, it caters to young audiences in the age bracket of 15-30 in all regions of the state. The content includes news centred around Bollywood, Hollywoodand Tollywood; comprising of celebrity interviews, gossip, events/page 3 news, lifestyle and so on.


Mr. Nagesh Nagi, one of the promoters of the channel said that a unique part of the channel is its hi-fi graphics and presentation, which is a huge audience puller for the industry which produces 200-300 movies a year.


Commenting on the how the channel has progressed in a month’s time, Mr Nagi said: “The channel has a mass appeal, though it caters primarily to the youth. So far we have got a very good response. Our interesting line up of content and the on-going marketing campaign will help us cover a fair amount of ground in a few days from now.”


He further informed that Xtra is the first channel in the genre of filmy news in AP and that they expect competition in form of new channel launches in the near future. The channel has tied up with all cable operators in the region. And, by the end of this month, it expects to cover every TV household in the state.


When asked on the response from advertisers, Mr Nagi said: “We expect advertisers to come in and advertise with us, as we are targeting the youth. We’ve already got a few advertisers on board – Santoor is one such advertiser. We’re expecting to close a few more deals in the near future.”


As for the channel’s marketing efforts, the broadcast company has undertaken an extensive outdoor campaign in Hyderabad and other key locations in AP. It has also tied up with Big FM for promotion on radio. The channel’s tagline, 100% Filmy, is based on the passion that people of AP have for movies.


Monica Broadcasting, founded in 2008, airs Telugu news channel – Mahaa news – in AP.


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