Channel [V] says goodbye to Bollywood music

25 Jun,2012

By A Correspondent


Star India’s Channel [V] is ready for a change from July 1 when it will discontinue all music slots in its programming. With this transition, the channel is set to consolidate its position in the youth entertainment genre.


This move is being made to strengthen its stance as a holistic youth entertainment channel. The drastic change in the content strategy took almost three years. Speaking on the move, Prem Kamath, Executive VP & GM, said: “This shift in programming strategy is rooted in our continuous effort to remain a unique entertainment destination for the youth. We recognize the affinity the youth have developed for our shows and we can only oblige them with greater hours of these preferred shows.”


In an effort to increase weekly hours of original content, Channel [V] will convert its teen crime show, Gumrah – End of Innocence into a daily. And, it also plans to launch new fictional shows like ‘The Buddy Project’ which will occupy the 6pm slot from Monday to Friday.


However, the channel promises not to distance itself from music. “As for music, it can never go out of the youth DNA. We will continue our on-ground and on-air properties that are based on music. We will simply stop airing Bollywood music slots.”


Launched in 1994 and reaching out to over 25 million viewers, the channel’s current mantra – Bloody Cool – manifests itself not only through its shows, but also through the broadcast persona and out of TV alliances created to engage with the youth.


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