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Whistle Stop : Blackout

Four years after entering the Indian GEC market,Imagine TV is all set to cease operations.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: April 13, 2012 1:57:47 am

Blackout

Four years after entering the Indian GEC market,Imagine TV is all set to cease operations. Siddharth Jain,the managing director,South Asia at Turner International India,which holds 92 per cent stake in the channel,explained that the decision followed the channel’s poor performance. “Imagine TV has not performed and grown as per expectations. While some programmes delivered satisfactory ratings,overall the channel was unable to achieve the ratings consistency needed to sustain the business and support the continued investment,” he explained. Though the shows have stopped shooting,the channel will be on air for now with content repeats. The fate of the employees,however,is still unclear. The channel was launched in 2008 as NDTV Imagine but was taken over by Turner in 2009. Even though it never became a TRP-topper,the channel has aired some popular shows such as Bandini,Oye! It’s Friday and the Swayamvar series. With the channel ceasing operations,one wonders if Veena Malik will have to wait longer to find herself a suitable groom.

Just Kidding

There are well-behaved kids and then there are those who need to be reigned in. For those who are familiar with the latter,the TV show Horrid Henry will surely ring a bell. Revolving around the adventures of Henry,a nine-year-old boy,who is a brat much to the chagrin of his parents and his sibling Peter. The show has been adapted from the international best-selling books of the same name. The animation style of the series,which airs on weekdays at noon on Cartoon Network,is not the same as the Tony Ross illustrations in the books. Yet,it retains the nastiness that the protagonist is best known for. With his favourite question ‘Why?’ (“Why isn’t ketchup classified as a vegetable? It’s made from tomatoes,after all!” or “Why can’t kids stay up all night on Christmas Eve? Santa does.”),the show about the iconic anti-hero and his escapades makes for humorous viewing.

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