#MediaMoves

MoversShakers-Image31Lifestyle Reporter, Ritwika Gupta joins Bloomberg TV India as an Associate Producer of their lifestyle/tech show – “Aspire”. She is the Founder of ‘Spotlight’ (www.spotlightxoxo.com) – a blog on fashion and lifestyle. Ritwika previously was associated with Indian Television as an Executive Lifestyle Reporter & Anchor. She can be reached at @ritzdotcom.

IRS 2014 Enfin!!

MediaWatch-Image31The HT Group is reported to have made strong gains in all markets in the latest IRS 2014 annual print survey. HT is confirmed as the No 2 newspaper of the country; No 1 newspaper of Delhi NCR and No. 2 in Mumbai.  Mint ranks as No. 2 among all business papers. Take all of this with a ‘pinch of salt’ as court cases and controversies have plagued the IRS as it does not curry favor.

Starry Days

Trending-Image31Fox’s COO and son of media baron Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch on his visit to India meets PM Narendra Modi, accompanied by Star India CEO Uday Shankar. Speculation is rife as Fox and Star India may have more plans to awake the sleeping tiger – good news for media industry. Jia Yueting, billionaire, founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV has sparked controversy for a poster featuring the Apple logo, sported on armband worn by Adolf Hitler.  The contention is that Apple stifles innovation and harms consumer interests. It is rumored that LeTV (a Chinese mobile company) is using this as a launch stunt prior to a new product launch.

Political Media

MediaWatch-27CM – Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao expands the family media empire with the launch of a new English newspaper, Telangana Today. Government of India’s US$32 million project of a ‘state run media university’ like China has come under fire. The new media school much like the University of China is to be controlled by the centre & will function as an umbrella organization for all Indian universities offering media and film studies. Editorial Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang from Asian Age, commented that “If the agenda is to mass produce media persons who can toe the government line, or peddle right-wing ideology, such a formula augurs ill for a thriving democracy.”

HyperText

ChaiTime-Image27Communications consultancy, Text 100 announces the launch of HyperText – a service designed to deliver integrated digital services globally.  In India, HyperText sees the consolidation from Bite, a sister company. The HyperText teams located in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore will have a pan-India reach through a well-established partner network.