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INDIA

Sri Adhikari Brothers, one of India’s biggest production companies, will launch a 24-hour Hindi entertainment channel by November. The Bombay-based company produces primetime TV serials for state broadcaster Doordarshan, Zee TV and Sri Lanka’s terrestrial channel Sirasa TV.

Company has applied for permission from the Indian government to raise foreign equity for the proposed channel. Sri Adhikari Brothers last year reported a profit of $3.5 million.

CHINA

The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Assn. of Asia (Casbaa) is bringing its convention back home to Hong Kong after a one-year shift to Singapore.

The conference and exhibition will be held Dec. 1-3 at the city’s convention center.

AiC Worldwide once again will manage the event. Casbaa’s last two conventions were held in conjunction with the Mip Asia TV market.

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News Corp.’s Asian satcaster Star TV has appointed former ABC and NBC newsman Jim Laurie as vice president of network news and current affairs.

Laurie will be responsible for developing News Corp.’s burgeoning Asian TV news and business services, which are less than 4 years old.

Laurie spent 21 years as a correspondent for ABC News, most recently as the head of the network’s Hong Kong bureau.