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On the rise

NEW DELHI — The Indian video-game industry, estimated at $100 million, is expected to triple to $300 million by 2009, according to figures released Saturday by New Delhi-based industry body the National Association of Software and Service Cos. Mobile gaming leads the way with a current share of 58%, which is slated to rise to 70%. NASSCOM points out that India offers cost advantages on the programming side, considering that a PC game can be developed here for $500,000-$3 million compared with $6 million-$7 million in the U.S.

Feeling Logie

SYDNEY — Seven Network's "Home and Away," sold to 50 countries with a worldwide audience of about 50 million, dominated Australia's Logie awards Sunday with four nods, including one for star Kate Ritchie, who was named most popular TV personality. All of the series' nods came in the audience-voted categories. Seven's "Dancing With the Stars" was the most popular reality program, giving the net five Logies. The Nine Network also took away five awards and Network Ten racked up four. Pubcasters the ABC and SBS dominated the industry-voted categories with three awards apiece.

Schroeder speaks

COLOGNE, Germany — Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will give the keynote address Nov. 22 at the fifth annual European Television Dialogue in Berlin. This year's key topics include the effects of EU enlargement on the TV industries in new member states Bulgaria and Romania, the development of IPTV in Central and Eastern Europe and media investment between Russia and Western Europe.