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Channel V Korea's Philippines service goes dark

SINGAPORE — While one door opens, another closes for News Corp.’s StarTV music network Channel V. Channel V Korea bowed as the seventh V Network in June but its terrestrial service in the Philippines went dark July 25.

Rumors have been rife that V’s Philippines deal with GMA Network would be short-lived since GMA was bought out by telco Philippine Long Distance Telecom early this year. The 12-hour daily block Channel V Philippines is shuttering in favour of subscription-only Channel V Intl.

V’s commercial director Jasper Donat says: “Channel V Intl. already has carriage on Home Cable, that’s 210,000 homes, and we intend to grow distribution of that service. It’s much better to have central control of the channel from Hong Kong, rather than it being locally managed by GMA.”

Channel V Korea opened in South Korea. The new project is 33% owned by Channel V Music Networks Partnership and 67% by DoReMi Media. Airing 24-hours, more than ten shows are produced from the Seoul studios, hosted by six Korean VJs.

Meanwhile, in Malaysia V has launched “By Demand,” which they claim is Asia’s first interactive show allowing viewers to use the Short Message Service (SMS) on their cell phones to tell the hosts what they want them to do.

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