Reliance Broadcast Network Limited announces BIG Television Awards

Mumbai, May 18th, 2011: Backed with the successful execution of 2 National properties – BIG Star IMA Awards & BIG Star Entertainment Awards and receiving tremendous success (BIG STAR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS received a TRP of 5.78) and a series of Regional Television, Music, Movie and Entertainment awards, “SUPRABATHAM Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. announces the ‘BIG Television Awards’. Aptly titled ‘BIG Television Awards’, the awards are truly BIG as it is conceptualized to offer India’s first and only television awards that seeks to create a unique platform where India will choose their favourite television characters. These awards will be chosen by a set of esteemed Jury members who will nominate the characters and then leave it open for India to vote. This property will be promoted across the 45 stations of 92.7 BIG FM.

The ‘BIG Television Awards’ will showcase the collective strength of RBNL through its various media verticals making this property one of the biggest award functions that the audiences have ever witnessed!

Given the strength of Reliance Broadcast Network Limited’s multi-media businesses, the property stands to be amplified across the business verticals, ensuring it reaches out to audiences across the length and breadth of the country, cutting across languages, genres, states and more. The property will be promoted across radio station – 92.7 BIG FM, out of home division – BIG Street, live entertainment business – BIG Live and its most recent channel launched especially for the Hindi heartland – BIG MAGIC. All these businesses will collaborate to offer the ‘BIG Television Awards’ the reach it requires and the participation and support it desires.


Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Rabe. T. Iyer, Business Head- BIG LIVE & BIG STREET said, “Television is the cornerstone of entertainment in India and with this intellectual property, we want to bring together artists from the small screen who entertain us each day. We have conceptualized this to cut across the socio-geographical diverse Indian television industry. We are confident that with our ability to amplify this across our business verticals, we will see excellent audience acceptance, while offering advertisers an excellent property to be associated with.”

About Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a multi-media conglomerate with play across radio, television, out of home and live entertainment. It is part of the Reliance Group and specializes in creating and executing integrated media solutions forbrands.92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 3.57 crore Indians each week. BIG CBS – A joint venture with CBS Studios International, USA’s No. 1 TV broadcaster which is launching 3 Channels, BIG CBS Prime, BIG CBS Love and BIG CBS Spark. BIG MAGIC – marks the Company’s entry into the regional entertainment space. The Channel is positioned as India’s only Channel exclusively for the Hindi Heartland, featuring locally relevant entertainment around humor, music and Bollywood. BIG STREET – in the business of acquiring marketing rights for premium inventory and also acquiring long term premium inventory, across India. BIG LIVE – in the live entertainment business, the division develops, executes and markets Intellectual Properties, integrated across RBNL’s media platforms. All these business verticals come together to offer a truly integrated solution to clients having built significant multi-media capabilities.

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Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 (XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES)

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The baton’s journey symbolises the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth of Nations, and enables communities beyond the Host City to share the Games celebrations. It also serves a functional purpose in carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘message to the athletes’ from Buckingham Palace in London to the opening ceremony of the Games.

The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi commenced from Buckingham Palace, London, on the 29 October 2009. The baton will then travel through all other 70 Commonwealth nations – a historic journey that will cover a distance of more than 170,000 kilometres in 240 days. On its 100 day national tour, the baton will visit the capital of each of India’s 28 states and seven union territories, plus many other cities along the way, covering more than 20,000 kilometres. By the end of its journey, the baton will have traversed over 190,000 kilometres in 340 days, making the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi one of the longest relays in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

The baton will also have passed through thousands of hands, and travelled by different modes of transport across land, air and sea. The relay will conclude after the final Batonbearer enters the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games on 3 October 2010 where Her Majesty’s message will be removed from the baton and read aloud, officially opening the Games.

The Queen`s Baton 2010 Delhi was unveiled at a spectacular cultural show held at India Gate in New Delhi on 8 March 2009.

The Queen`s Baton 2010 Delhi is a combination of handcrafted excellence and precision engineering, it is a true symbol of India: its ancient roots and present vibrant, modern identity. It is also representative of India’s diversity – the baton’s colour scheme showcases ‘soils’ from every corner of the country, a rich palette ranging from white sands to yellow clay, deep reds to dark browns and an array of other hues.

The shape and design of the baton has been created using a triangular section of aluminium which is twisted in the form of a helix and coated with soil in a graduating pattern. Interweaving of the intricate hand layered soil pattern creates a very distinctive design, form and texture never before seen in the styling of a Queen’s Baton.

Culminating at the pinnacle of the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi is a precious jewellery box containing the Queen’s ‘message to the athletes’. The Queen’s message has been symbolically engraved onto a miniature 18 carat gold leaf, representative of the ancient Indian `pathras`. The gold leaf inscription reflects the essence and the richness of culture in ancient India. Modern laser technology known as micro calligraphy has been used for the first time to reproduce the Queen’s message in this style.

The Queen`s Baton 2010 Delhi stands at 664 millimetres high is 34 millimetres wide at the base, and 86 millimetres wide at the top and weighs a mere 1,900 grams. The baton’s ergonomic contours allow for convenient holding and good balance.

The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi technology features include:

The ability to capture images and sound as it travels throughout all nations of the Commonwealth;

The latest global positioning system (GPS) technology through which the exact location of the baton can be tracked on the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi website;

Embedded light emitting diodes (LEDs) which will change into the colours of a country’s flag whilst in that country; and

Text messaging capability so that anyone anywhere can send their messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Batonbearers throughout the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

Psychic octopus (PULPO PAUL)picks Spain to win world cup and Germany over Uruguay(3rd place)



The eight-legged oracle, who has become a World Cup sensation by correctly predicting all six Germany games, very quickly plumped for Spain on Friday carried live on national German television.

Earlier, the two-year-old mollusc medium also said that Germany, his country of residence, would defeat Uruguay in the third-place play-off game on Saturday.

In the now familiar routine, two boxes were lowered into his tank, each containing a mussel and the flags of the two opposing teams.

The tentacled tipster went straight to the Spanish box, wrenched open the lid and gobbled the tasty morsel.

But the art of football predicting has become a dangerous job for the English-born clairvoyant cephalopod with some bitter German fans threatening to turn him into sushi after he predicted a semi-final defeat for the Mannschaft.

Paul’s home, an aquarium in western Germany, has received death-threat emails saying “we want Paul for the pan,” said entertainment supervisor Daniel Fey.

“Since yesterday our colleagues have kept a very close eye on Paul,” Fey added.

No less an authority than Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero has called for octopus bodyguards.

“I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a protective team,” joked Zapatero on Radio Cadena Ser.

Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian has called for the creature to be given an “immediate” free transfer to Spain to “ensure his protection.”

Stung by Paul’s “treachery” at picking Spain over Germany in the semi-final, some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd watching the game on giant screens in Berlin sang anti-octopus songs.

The honour of Paul’s mother was called into question, according to witnesses.

Friday’s prediction is expected to be the last for Paul, who in octopus terms is a pensioner, at the grand old age of two-and-a-half. Octopuses generally live three years at the latest.


Pulpo Paul has World Cup rival:MANI(The Psychic Parakeet), picks Netherlands as the winner.



A crowd of football fans leans forward as Mani, Singapore’s World Cup-forecasting parakeet, creeps out of his small wooden cage and chooses between two white cards, one hiding the flag of the Netherlands, the other Spain.

If the bird’s many new believers are right, Holland will win its first World Cup championship Sunday. Mani grabbed a card in his beak Friday and flipped it over to reveal the Dutch flag.

The 13-year-old parakeet has become a local celebrity after its owner, M. Muniyappan, claimed Mani accurately forecast the World Cup’s four quarter-final games and Spain’s semifinal victory over Germany. “He’s a special bird,” Muniyappan said.

Mani joins Paul the octopus, who has correctly predicted the winner of every World Cup match played by Germany, as overnight stars as interest in football’s biggest tournament peaks and gamblers look for any edge to pick winners.

Muniyappan, an 80-year-old fortuneteller, said Mani has helped him predict the future for five years at a table in front of a restaurant in the Little India neighbourhood, but this year’s World Cup is the first time the parakeet has attempted to forecast the outcome of sports competitions.

“People usually want help picking the lottery numbers, or when to get married,” said Muniyappan, who was born in India and moved to Singapore in 1953. “Then gamblers started asking about the World Cup.”

Muniyappan said about 30 people a day now pay for his psychic powers, up from about 10 a day before Mani shot to fame.


iDubba Recommends- ‘Movie Plex’!




1.Valkyrie:  IMDb Rating 7.3/10, Genre: Drama|History|Thriller|War

Awards:1 win & 8 nominations

Personal Recommendation: I was initially extremely skeptical due to the film’s negative reception from film critics. I was also extremely skeptical of Tom Cruise, not to mention the film itself. I was completely turned off by the multiple times this film’s release date was bumped back. This is surely a sign of a struggling, failing film, right? No. I am pleased to report that the film was absolutely fantastic. It completely delivered and left me satisfied – and thinking – for days after the viewing.

Watch this on Sunday, 11 july @6:40PM.

2.Titanic:  IMDb Rating 7.4/10,

Genre: Drama|Romance



Awards:Won 11 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 48 nominations.

Personal Recommendation:Titanic directed by James Cameron presents a fictional love story on the historical setting of the Titanic. The plot is simple, noncomplicated, or not for those who love plots that twist and turn and keep you in suspense. The end of the movie can be figured out within minutes of the start of the film, but the love story is an interesting one, however. Kate Winslett is wonderful as Rose, an aristocratic young lady betrothed by Cal (Billy Zane). Early on the voyage Rose meets Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a lower class artist on his way to America after winning his ticket aboard Titanic in a poker game. If he wants something, he goes and gets it unlike the upper class who are so concerned with their social worries. The two fall in love and the audience sees the sinking of the Titanic primarily through their eyes.

Watch this on Sunday, 11th july @9:00PM.




1.The Incredible Hulk:  IMDb Rating 7.1/10, Genre: Action|Sci-fi|Thriller

Awards: 4 nominations.

Personal Recommendation:Honestly, as soon as I heard they were making another Hulk movie I was surprised. When I heard they had cast Ed Norton, I was shocked. So going into this movie I had no idea what to expect. Coming out, I feel like an idiot because it was really masterfully done. Lettier does an amazing job, Norton was fantastic, and as far as a comic book movie goes, this one is just about on top with little nods and mentions. If you don’t walk out of this film screaming HELLL YEAAAA, then you are not normal. Far better than Ang Lee’s attempt at the green man and as far as this year, it’s definitely Marvel’s year. No better way to make up for Spiderman 3 than releasing Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk just a month apart. Thank you Marvel for cleaning the mess Spiderman 3 left and clearing your name. This film just makes me thing of one word…AVENGERS

Watch this on Saturday, 10th july @12:00PM.

UTV Action

1.The Fifth Element:  IMDb Rating 7.4/10,Genre:Action|Adventure|sci-fi

Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nomination.

Personal Recommendation:The Fifth Element is another fine example of the filmmaking talents of Luc Besson. Luc Besson, a creative genius and the director of classic films such as The Big Blue, Nikita and Leon (The Professional) has returned to the genre that started his filmmaking career, sci-fi. In The Fifth Element Luc Besson realises his life long ambition to make a film based on a story he thought of while still at school, Zaltman Bleros. Writing and directing the film, he skillfully mixes humour with action and amazing visual effects that put The Fifth Element in a class of it’s own. Stunning performances are put forward by Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker and Gary Oldman, who returns to work with Luc Besson after playing Norman Stansfield in Leon. The Fifth Element show us how well comedy, action and romance can be put together. Overlooked at the Academy Awards, Luc Besson won the Cesar for Best Director at Cannes in 1998 for The Fifth Element. Simply, an excellent film, 10/10.

Watch this on Sunday, 11th july @6:45PM.

Why do footballers exchange jerseys!!!

Portugal VS Turkey - Group A Euro 2008 (exchange!!)

Portugal VS Turkey - Group A Euro 2008

It’s just a sign of good sportsmanship. Most players opt to trade jerseys with their opponents after an international contest—whether it’s part of a tournament like the World Cup or just a friendly exhibition game. According to an excellent 2003 article by the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, the practice dates back to the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. The most famous swap took place in 1970 between the top players for England and Brazil—Bobby Moore and Pelé.

When a match ends, each player seeks out an opponent for the swap. In general, they trade jerseys with the guy standing closest to them, but in some cases they’ll go over to an old friend or try to position themselves near a notable rival. Quite a few players on the Italian team will have their sights on the jersey of France’s top player, Zinedine Zidane. (Goff writes about an equipment manager for the New York Cosmos who used to bring more than two dozen Pelé jerseys to each match so that all his opponents could get one.)

Players on the U.S. team get new jerseys before every international game. They can trade them on the field or give them to friends and relatives. A veteran player might collect hundreds of jerseys over the course of his career. Some shirts get tossed in the closet; others get mounted and framed.

the post-match (and sometimes halftime) tradition of players exchanging sweat-soaked shirts with members of the opposing team. According to FIFA, the first recorded instance of this ritual was in 1931 when the French team requested their English opponents’ shirts to “commemorate their historic 5-2 victory at Colombes.” Yet, the most famous swap — and the one that sparked the modern craze — was when legends of the game Pele and Bobby Moore did it after the 1970 World Cup match between Brazil and England.

But why do they do this?!

No, it’s not a perverse means of guilting an opponent into disposing of your dirty laundry, it’s actually a display of sportsmanship. After battling on the pitch for 90 minutes, the shirt exchange is a way of showing respect and camaraderie between combatants. Of course, some footballers decline to trade shirts because, well, they just don’t want some other guy’s perspiration-drench shirt. Others, meanwhile, go the opposite way and even wear the stank-moistened garment they’ve been handed as the ultimate sign of high regard. Or the desperate desire to wear any shirt, no matter how soiled.

Teams issue fresh kits for every match, so giving away shirts isn’t a big deal for players. When Pele played for the New York Cosmos, he would be provided with as many as 25 or 30 shirts to accommodate all the requests he would get — an extreme example of how the shirt of the opposing team’s best player is usually the one most desired. But aside from a legend like Pele or a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo, shirt exchanges are usually a random affair done with the nearest opponent or one who provided a particularly praise-worthy performance.

About North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

 North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

Despite guiding Korea DPR to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, coach Kim Jong-Hun remains an unfamiliar figure on the international scene. Indeed, little is known about Hun’s playing career, where served as a defender for both club and country, other than the fact he featured in four FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for Germany 1974 and Mexico 1986. However, his achievement in moulding an inexperienced group into one of Asia’s most competent sides has earned him an undisputed place among the continent’s elite tacticians.
A former mainstay in the back line with local giants April 25 Sports Group, Kim opted to stick with the club after hanging up his boots, switching to the coaching staff of domestic giant. He proved an eager learner during his apprenticeship, finishing an athletic course at a local university before taking part in coaching courses.
Kim quickly established himself as a highly respected strategist on the home front and assumed the reins of the national team in 2007, charged with the task of leading the team through Asia’s qualifying campaign for the South Africa 2010. This indeed was a tall order for both Kim and his team given the nation’s 44-year absence from the FIFA World Cup. However, with a host of talented players coming through the ranks, the coach aimed to make up for their lack of international experience with a tactical approach.
In attempting to qualify for Germany 2006 a rampant Korea DPR stormed into Asia’s final qualifying round where they displayed attacking football against the continent’s best. Entertaining they may have been, but the Chollima lost five straight matches to receive the wooden spoon. Taking into account the past lessons, Kim embarked on a revolution within the national team switching their offensive game plans into more pragmatic strategies.
One of his key tactics was shoring up the rearguard by deploying a five-man defensive line, with Ri Jun-Il more withdrawn as the sweeper, a role coach Kim used to play for the national team during his playing years. His new formation proved an instant success during the 2008 East Asian Football Federation(EAFF) Championship when an unfancied Korea DPR drew both Korea Republic and Japan only to lose to hosts China in the closing game.
With Kim pulling the strategic threads, Korea DPR went on to impress in the subsequent third round of qualifying for the South Africa 2010, finishing the only team to have conceded zero goal as they marched into the concluding round, where they held off the likes of Iran and Saudi Arabia to take one of Asia’s four automatic qualifying slots.
Born in September of 1956, coach Kim was a nine-year-old during his country’s fairy-tale run-up to the last eight in their FIFA World Cup debut at England 1966. 44 years on, the man responsible for taking Korea DPR to their second appearance at the world football’s extravaganza is just keen to emulate their old feat.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter Joins Twitter For FIFA

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will launch his personal Twitter page today, Thursday 10 June. Fans from all over the world will be able to follow the FIFA President’s views and opinions on the account “@seppblatter” throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, commented:

“We are approaching the first FIFA World Cup in which social media websites will play an important role in connecting everyone who cares about the game of football. I’m very excited to be sharing my own personal experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with football fans from all over the world.”, the world’s official football website, will launch two further accounts, to go live later in June. They are: @FIFAcom covering interviews, site developments, Fantasy Team progress and updates on key news from tournament matches, and @FIFAcomLive, providing continuous and real-time updates from all 64 games at South Africa 2010.


FIFA Alerts Across The World by iDubba

iDubba is India’s TV show/movie recommendation platform. We analyze user profile and alert them of shows of their interest via- facebook, twitter, web and Mobile (via SMS). We also actively follow all the live events and make user aware about the same. One of the problem with every LIVE event is that viewers need to keep a track of all the schedules, which is frustrating. As a result they keep on missing our favorite shows/movies/live events on TV/web/other media.


Make it really simple for users to keep a track of their favorite programs on TV, Movies on TV and LIVE events on TV. We always go a step ahead and see the real pain points before providing a service. For e.g. the pain point while watching Tennis on TV is not in knowing the full schedule of the tournament, people watch Tennis based on who their favorite player is. If we can get that data from users and provide them all the info on Mobile whenever their favorite player plays, that’s all what they need.

And now Idubba is all set for providing FIFA Alerts through

Now International audience can-

  • Set SMS alerts for their favorite team and can get alerts whenever their favorite teams play live.
  • Set SMS alerts for their favorite Players and can get alerts whenever their favorite players score a goal or get a Yellow/Red card.
  • Get alerts on the go for Match scores, results interesting news etc.
  • You could have never wished for something better than this. This is personalizing a LIVE event based on your interest and preferences :).

Have a look and join us to win some fascinating FIFA and iDubba merchandises and become a part of this next generation Revolution in LIVE sports viewing :)!

FIFA World Cup 2010 Posters

A very impressive collection of posters for World Cup 2010 football.The world knows that the 19th tournament of the World Cup happens for the first time in South Africa and that mr mandela, it will be a celebration! And to celebrate, the agency Wieden + Kennedy has created a poster for a country that can represent the emblems (stereotype?) in each country. …