Steel and Power tycoon MP Naveen Jindal now in hurry to launch a television channel in Odisha. The HR department has hired top staffers from ZEE News and OTV for content and management of this channel at Bhubaneswar. Sources said, this will be a 24 hour News channel and will be on air before the General Elections 2014 in the name of “Focus Odisha”.
Negotiations to carry the channel on different cable networks, especially on Ortel’s cable is also on advance stage. In another couple of days it will be finalized, sources said.
Focus TV is managed by former minister Matang Sing’s promoted positive TV network. Its subsidiaries own six news channels and two radio stations. These include NETV, the largest news channel broadcasting in the northeastern states, the general entertainment channel NE Hi Fi that broadcasts in Assamese, English and Hindi, NE Bangla that reaches West Bengal, Tripura and other Bangla-speaking parts of the northeast, HY TV, which broadcasts in Telugu and Urdu, Bhojpuri channel Hamar TV and Focus TV, which broadcasts in English and Hindi. Focus TV, which used to be a channel focussed on women’s issues, re-launched this year as a news channel focussing on Haryana.
Sources said, Naveen Jindal and his associates have acquired the stakes of Positiv networks pvt ltd after lending loans to Matang Sinh. But it has not been made clear by both the parties. But it has been planned to launch TV channels in Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and other states also where Naveen Jindal has some industrial interest. Top officials of Naveen Jindal are engaged for this purpose, sources said.
Odisha is considered now the prime land of investment for this MP cum industrialist Naveen Jindal. He also eyed for different steel, power and coal, petroleum projects in future. So the management would have thought of mobilising public opinion in favour of the company through this medium. On the other hand it may be planned to take revenge and counter Zee TV’s growth in the state.
Subash Chandra promoted Zee TV has finalised to air its Odia language TV channel in couple of months, Jindal might have thought any harm to its company, because of its country wide popularity and sting operation. Desputes between these two companies are in the court now. Similarly Jindal has been trapped by the CBI in its Rs.80,000 crore coal block deal in Odisha.
After successful launching of Odisha channel it may move to Chhatishgarh and Jharkhand for news TV projects, sources said.
Prevously the Naveen Jindal’s spokes person has cleared to media that, their company JSPL did not have any run-in with the Zee Group of Channels but we had exposed them for their extortion and filed a police complaint for which they have been charge-sheeted, source said.