Embracing ‘Others’

IMG_17052016_121346 As part of the #indiatomorrow initiative by the India Today Group, Pradeep Sarkar’s ‘Others’ to be screened at the first Kinnar Akhara in the Ujjain Kumbh.  The short film that is inspired by a life changing real story was termed a ‘radical step’ by Ashish Bagga, CEO India Today Group. » Amar Ujala is bringing out the big guns, plans to raise 1000 Cr through its IPO valuation. Read Director Probal Ghoshal’s exclusive interview with exchange4media discussing the publication’s future strategy and the planned IPO here. “Digital has been our big focus. We have integrated teams in the system which deal with digital and print as well”, said Ghoshal about Amar Ujala’s digital readiness. » Pushp Sharma’s report in Milli Gazette last year, has brought a host of accusations and jail-time for him. The report claims that a government document banned Muslims from travelling abroad to teach yoga for last year’s World Yoga Day. Sharma was arrested on Saturday morning with charges of “cheating, forgery and promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race”. The Gazette’s editor Zafarul-Islam Khan said the charges were “clear attempts to stifle the freedom of the press”. » Tired of being targeted by the opposition and media, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar dared the media to do an ‘impartial analysis’ of Bihar incidents and similar incidents in other states, especially the BJP-ruled states. Nitish, who was clearly hinting at reactions to the killing of journalist in Bihar’s Siwan and to that of a TV journalist in Chatra, Jharkhand, said he wasn’t too bothered as he comes from a humble background.

UP’s Brightest Ujala

MediaWatch-Image10.5.16Amar Ujala takes the crown for the number one newspaper in Uttar Pradesh. With a circulation of 29.35 lakh and a growth of 29%, Amar Ujala has surpassed Dainik Jagran in both UP and Uttarakhand, according to ABC data for July-December 2015. » Panama Papers are now available in an online searchable database. Following the initial release of documents last month, the ICIJ made public another slice of the dataset yesterday. The Indians named in the leak are currently being investigated by a multi-agency team including the RBI. » Minister and retired General VK Singh recently pulled up the indian media for being troublemakers and negatively affecting India’s foreign relations. Singh, at a seminar on India-China relations organised by Calcutta-based think tank CENERS-K, said “aimless speculations in the media often has adverse reactions in our neighbourhood”. » Advanced stage digitization for All India Radio continues, more AIR channels are being provided on DD’s internet and DTH platform – Free Dish. The popular Vividh Bharati service also has already been put on FM mode in the four metro cities.

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MoverShakers-Image5.4.16Congratulations to Manish Maheshwari for joining Web18 (Network 18 Group) as CEO. He was earlier the VP & Head at Flipkart, Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Assistant Manager (Asia) and later Manager at Procter & Gamble and Head of New Market Development at Intuit. Manish has been the Co-Founder and Managing Director at txtWeb – the world’s largest marketplace for text-based apps. He has also been awarded Scott Cook Innovation Award by Intuit (2012), mBillionth Award for South Asia by mBillionth Foundation (2012), and NASSCOM Technology Innovation Award (Runner-up) by NASSCOM (2013). Mumbai based Manish can be reached @manishm345. » Vinod Verma bid adieu to Amar Ujala and has become a Multimedia Journalist – Consultant/ Freelancer. His previous stints were with BBC India as Multimedia Journalist and with Deshbandhu newspaper since 1988 as Sub Editor, Chief Sub Editor, News Editor, Executive Editor, and later as Bureau Chief.  New Delhi based Vinod tweets @patrakarvinod. » Simar Singh joins India Today as Sub-Editor. She was earlier associated with Businessworld as Reporter and did her internship with The Hindu and India Today. New Delhi based Simar can be reached @simarsingh484

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MoversShakers-Image08.01.16.jpgRajeev Jayaswal makes a move to Amar Ujala as its new Business Editor. Earlier he worked with The Economic Times, The Financial Express, The Indian Express, and The Pioneer. Delhi based Rajeev can be reached @JayaswalRajeev. » Congratulations to Gireesh Chandra Prasad for joining Mint as Editor-Energy. His previous stints were with The Financial Express, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, and United News of India (UNI). Connect with Delhiite Gireesh @Firstday75.

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MoversShakers.pngSulabh Puri makes a move to The Times of India- TOItech.com as its Technology Editor. His previous stints were with Ya Media Networks, Business Insider India, Tech Radar India, My Mobile magazine & website, Gadgets & Gizmos, Living Digital, and PC Quest Cyber Media. Reach out this gadget addict @sulabhpuri. » Congrats to Divyanshu Boora for joining NDTV Auto as its Senior Sub Editor. He was previously associated with autoX, Bikeportal, and JWT. » M K Venu steps down as the Executive Editor of Amar Ujala. He was earlier associated with The Hindu, The Financial Express, Economic Times, and Hindustan Times. Delhi based founding Editor of thewire.in can be reached @mkvenu1.

Pitchfork Conde Nast

MediaWatch-Image14.10Condé Nast adds Pitchfork to its kitty. “We’re honored to join their family. Their belief in what we do, combined with their additional expertise, will allow us to extend our coverage across all platforms”, Pitchfork wrote in their statement announcing the acquisition. » The readers of Hindi daily, Amar Ujala, will now have a chance to become part owners of the newspaper. All set to launch its fresh IPO, Amar Ujala aims to dilute 30 percent of their equity to raise Rs. 300 Cr. » TAM and IMRB International partner to launch India’s first multi-media measurement service – ‘TeleWeb Audience Measurement’. Combined ratings for four screens’ (TV, desktop, mobile, and tablets) consumption data, is what makes this a game changer in the advertising planning industry. » Following talks of FDI in news media, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman Essel Group, has called for a reciprocal system of foreign ownership of news media in India. Chandra has also tabled some suggestions to make ownership of news media more transparent and is working (with the government) on it.

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MoversShakers-Image13.10Congrats to Manish Ranjan Jha for joining moneybhaskar.com as its new Editor-in-Chief. His previous stints were with Zee Business, exchange4media, and News Express. Connect with Delhiite @Manishjha81Man. » Alok Paradkar starts his new innings with Amar Ujala as Senior Correspondent. He was previously associated with Kalptaru Express, Jansandesh Times, Hindustan Daily, and Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd.