Lasse Vibe’s sixth goal of the season put Brentford ahead at the break in Dean Smith’s first game in charge.The new head coach saw his initial plans derailed slightly when Alan McCormack pulled out in the warm-up and Sergi Canos came in for only the second start of his loan spell from Liverpool.And it took the Bees a little time to settle, with Josh Murphy firing wide from an angle and Dean Bowditch shooting straight at home keeper David Button.But on 20 minutes, Brentford showed Smith their counter-attacking potential with a wonderfully worked goal.Alan Judge began the move with a neat turn and sprint from halfway before releasing Jake Bidwell, whose cross was headed home by Vibe.After that, the Bees dominated and should have added to their lead before half-time.Judge wasted a good one-on-one chance as Dons keeper David Martin saved and he also struck the bar with a free-kick, while Antony Kay cleared Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s follow-up off the line.And on 33 minutes, a ball dropped to Canos, as the Dons looked decidedly uneasy at the back, but he too hit the woodwork.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, O’Connell, Bidwell; Kerschbaumer, Diagouraga; Woods, Canos, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, McEachran, Saunders, Gogia, Jota, Hofmann.MK Dons: Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington; Potter, Poyet; Baker, Bowditch, Murphy; Maynard.Subs: Cropper, Hodson, Benavente, Carruthers, Powell, Hall, Gallagher.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Tripura government has increased the allowance under the social security pension schemes to benefit the marginalised sections of society. The hike would be a minimum of ₹300 and a maximum of ₹500. A decision has also been taken to pay the social security allowance into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.A leader of the ruling BJP said the hike in social security pension was a commitment incorporated in the vision document released ahead of the Assembly elections last year. The party is completing one year in office on March 9.
German broadcasting and media services provider Media Broadcast has named Holger Meinzer as head of its TV business unit.Meinzer, who was previously in charge of Media Broadcast’s international DVB-T2 business, focusing on the Asian market, replaces Henrik Rinnert, who is leaving the company.“We are delighted that Holger Meinzer, an experienced and well-connected expert in the national and international media landscape from inside Media Broadcast, will head the business unit TV,” said Bernd Kraus, CEO of Media Broadcast. “As someone who has been with the company for many years, he can ensure continuity, especially as regards the core DVB-T business. We would also like to thank Henrik Rinnert for his outstanding services to the company. With his renewal of the ProSiebenSat.1 contract he has, not least of all, laid an important foundation for the future of our DVB-T platform – the ideal conditions for the successful development of one of media Broadcast’s key areas of business. We wish him all the very best for his future career.”
TV, movie and online video content spend in seven major Asian markets grew by 8% in 2017 to reach US$10.2 billion, according to independent consulting and research firm Media Partners Asia (MPA).The 2018 edition of MPA’s Asia Video Content Dynamics looked at content spend across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and found that aggregate incremental growth in video content spend for pay TV was 38% and for online video was 30%.The biggest increases came from India where video content budgets climbed by 14% to top US$4.2 billion in 2017. This was driven by pay TV, but MPA noted that content investment in India’s online video market is also “growing rapidly,” with this trend expected to continue in the coming years.In South Korea, investment in video content increased by 7% during 2017 to approach US$3.0 billion. However, MPA said it expects growth to accelerate when China “eventually lifts its ban on Korean dramas, movies and talent”, with online video content investment also starting to accelerate.“In general, content investment dynamics are favourable with content investment growing,” said MPA vice president, Stephen Laslocky. “Pay TV content costs in the surveyed markets grew 5%, led by India and Korea and driven by local entertainment and sports.“Free-to-air content investment was up 6% in 2017. Scale and growth in free-to-air content investment is largely attributable to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, driven by local entertainment. Film production budgets in the surveyed markets were up 10%, driven by Korea and India.“Online video investment is growing rapidly from a low base, up almost 80% during 2017. Rising competitive intensity is driving up online video content costs as rival platforms produce and acquire local series and movies, especially in India and Korea. We expect online video content investment to also pick up in emerging markets across Southeast Asia, led by Indonesia and the Philippines.”Overall, drama was found to drive audience share region-wide with a “fair degree of cross-pollination across markets” – for instance Korean dramas air throughout the region and Indian dramas have done well in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Sport was also found to rate highly across the region.