Sony Pictures Networks India: Strategizing Humour Television Content
On October 5, 2017, the chief executive officer of Sony India Pvt. Ltd. (Sony), in Mumbai, India, was concerned about the future of the television show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (TMKOC), which aired on the television channel Sri Adhikari Brothers Television (SAB TV), a general-entertainment channel owned by Sony. TMKOC was a flagship, family-friendly comedy show that had enjoyed top ratings for years. However, new comedy shows that featured more hard-edged and less family-oriented content, with jokes at the expense of characters rather than at situations, were gaining new viewers. Current viewers were also using mobile devices rather than traditional television sets to watch content. The chief executive officer wondered how he could sustain SAB TV as a market leader, despite the growing popularity of less family-friendly content from new comedy shows and emerging digital platforms.