Encashing Foreign Praise

MediaWatch-Image24.5.16In an attempt to draw one up against the Indian media, Arvind Kejriwal took to citing foreign publications in which the AAP governance has been praised. The Delhi CM, at a public rally in Panaji, spoke about The Washington Post praising the ‘mohalla’ clinics and the Fortune magazine complimenting the ‘Odd-Even’ traffic scheme in the capital. » Times Now signs up Sky Media as exclusive ad sales partner for its London stint. Tarun Sawhney was also recently onboarded as Country Sales Manager for marketing and sales in the UK market. » Read what Rajen Garabadu, Chief Executive Producer, IBN News Network, had to say about the recent rebranding of CNN-IBN to CNN-News18 here. “The new look aims at providing the viewer a more enhanced viewing experience”, said Garabadu as he went on to explain the rationale behind the new identity – logo and design. » Bihar CM Nitish Kumar fails yet again to uphold his promise to protect the fourth pillar of democracy. In another embarrassing moment for the state government, Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar’s Hemant Yadav was abducted from his home on Sunday for not writing a news report in favor of local contractor, Haji Laddan. Thakur, who was taken to Sadar Hospital where he was beaten up and locked, was rescued by hospital staff. » Public Broadcasters of India (DD) and China (CCTV) to exchange mutual interest programs on the eve of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China. Check out the details of four documentaries to be telecast on DD Bharati here.

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Kejriwal Spurted

Trending-Image18.1.16.jpgArvind Kejriwal was attacked with ink as he addressed a thanksgiving rally for the success of the odd-even plan. The attacker, identified as Bhavna Arora, claimed that she was a part of AAP’s Punjab unit and had proof of Kejriwal’s involvement in the CNG Fitness scam. Manish Sisodia was quick to blame the police for not showing urgency as he went on to say that the whole attacked was scripted by the BJP. » The entrepreneurial community has lauded the ambitious guidelines set by Narendra Modi at the Startup India event. However, there exists skepticism in terms of implementation and execution of the proposals. Read more. » Anna Hazare has received an anonymous death threat letter claiming that the social activist will be killed on January 26. The sender has also suggested that Hazare should declare him his heir for all assets and possessions. “Anna has chosen not to comment on such letters as he does not fall prey to such threats”, said Hazare’s PA Shyam Pathade. The police however are taking no chances and have decided to review the security cover for him. » As promised, bosefiles.info has released interviews and statements of several witnesses to claim that Subhas Chandra Bose did indeed die after his plane crashed near Taipei. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee has dismissed the theory and wants the ‘Russian angle’ to be investigated. Read the whole account here.

Alpha Club

MediaWatch-Image18.11Based on subscribers’ feedback BARC has introduced Alpha Club, a monthly bulletin for insights and analysis of Indian audience measurement data for the preceding four weeks. The communique’s first edition, rolled out on November 17th, contained two sets of analyses for Week 37-40 and 41-44. » DD National was bumped off  the TV ratings leaderboard for Hindi General Entertainment Channels. According to BARC data for Week 44, the top spot was bagged by Star Plus, followed by highest gainers Zee TV and Colors jointly at the 3rd position. » After issuing a joint statement, leading newspaper editors in Nagaland published blank editorial pages as a sign of protest against an army diktat. Read what the editors told the BBC about accusations they face. » Only AAP HoDs allowed to speak to the media. A recently issued circular by the Delhi Government clearly prohibits all other bureaucrats from talking to the media without prior approval from the concerned minister. The directive from Deputy CM Manish Sisodia might have been called for by several HoDs seeking proper guidelines for media interaction. » The search for Indian innovators begins. Mint, in collaboration with MIT Technology Review, has launched the India chapter of ‘EmTech’. The top 10 under-35 innovators in business and technology will present at the high profile event in New Delhi in March 2016.

Promises & Milestones

ChaiTime-Image14.8>>Finally the Delhi Government has announced free WiFi up to 1GB for a month, making good on its promise from early 2015. Vice President of Delhi Dialogue Commission and a member of Aam Aadmi Party, Ashish Khetan said that as part of the first phase, the government will provide free WiFi in all government and private colleges in the capital, within one year. » With the view to empower people with latest information, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced the launch of ‘Samajwadi Akhilesh’ mobile application. This bilingual app in Hindi & English will connect the user directly with the CM by providing notification messages and more information about his initiatives for the state. » Periscope celebrates a major milestone – 10 million registered users since the app first launched for Apple’s iPhone in March, with an Android version following in May. The recent stats show that the daily active users (DAU) and time-watched stats refer purely to people watching live on their smartphones, rather than on the web.

The Promised LAN

1. TrendingThe Delhi Government is driving to fulfill an election pledge to provide Delhi with free Wi-Fi Internet by February 2016.  The AAP has plans to set-up 50,000-80,000 hotspots across the Capital and is engaging with around 150 global vendors, in what is believed to be the first of a kind project. The Prime Minister of is set to announce a “one rank, one pension” (OROP) scheme for retired personnel of the Armed services.   This follows his affordable ‘Bima Yojana’ Insurance policies for the public.

Mobile 360 with Google

ChaiTime-Image7.5Google ads on mobile browsers will soon look a lot different as a new specialized ad format appears for select products such as cars, hotels and home mortgages.  The new ad formats provide additional product and customer information via location-based data. Google’s Jerry Dischler said,” these ads are designed to help marketers connect with consumer needs and motivations in the moments that matter most.” Here is another media circus by AAP. Days after accusing media of being part of a “conspiracy to finish off AAP”, the Delhi state government issued an order to Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) to monitor news channel content between 9 AM to 11 PM.  If found guilty; the channels will be put on a ‘janta trial’ and the erroneous news clips will be shown to the public. Looks like AAP enjoys being media’s least favorite political party.

Media Goof-up?

Trending-Image5.5Nepal government urges the NDRF to wind up its relief operations and return to India as “they don’t need further support”. The news coming in a day after Nepal took to social media venting their ire on Indian media indicates that Operation ‘Maitri’ might have turned unfriendly over ‘undue publicity’. Blaming the media for twisting the entire story to malign the party’s image – Aam Aadmi Party continues to back its leader Kumar Vishwas over a controversy accusing him of illicit liaisons with a party volunteer of Delhi Commission for Women. Taking an offensive stand, AAP leader Sanjay Singh advised the media to refrain from targeting the party without evidence.