Tessa Ross has been named as head of drama at Channel 4, replacing Gub Neal, who is leaving to form an independent production company.
Ross is currently working for the BBC’s Independent Commissioning Group as drama head. She will join C4 later this year after serving notice. Neal is not due to depart until the end of 2000.
The National Geographic Channel began broadcasting in Hindi on Thursday for four hours and will expand to seven hours next week.
The channel reaches over 12 million homes locally since it launched in 1998.
* * *
Star TV named Lalit Ahuja as the new CEO for its new-media operations in India. Ahuja will report to Peter Mukerjea, CEO of News Television India, which is the Indian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Star TV.
Pubcaster NHK and commercial satcaster Wowow will beam the Sydney Olympics free of charge in high-definition television format to viewers with digital receivers as part of test transmissions of digital HDTV.
Both NHK and Wowow will continue to broadcast in analog until a majority of Japanese households are equipped with digital receivers.