MediaWatch-Image28PM NaMo’s debut on the small screen was the talk of the town yesterday. #PMSpeaksToArnab was trending and twitterati took jabs at Kejriwal and other journalists who lost the opportunity of being the first private news channel to interview Modi as PM. Modi in his interview with Arnab Goswami on Times Now, spoke about his plans to restart media outreach to generate goodwill for his government, and also explained why he needed to travel and engage with world leaders. » As New Delhi looks to strengthen diplomatic ties with Dhaka, AIR gears up to launch ‘Akashvani Maitree’ next month. The Bengali radio service, aimed primarily at Bangladeshis, comes after five months of prep by the AIR Kolkata station. Bangladesh Betar (public radio) is also expected to contribute content to the 16-hours-a-day service. Initially Akashvani Maitree will have entertainment programmes and three news bulletins, including one from Dhaka. » ETV news network recently launched News 18 Assam/NorthEast channel in Assam. To be aired in 8 states of the north-east, the channel will feature entertainment and sports news, and bulletins in both Assamese and English. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal were present at the launch program in Guwahati. » VICE teams up with TOI to bring VICE to India. With a bureau and production hub in Mumbai, the partnership will also launch VICELAND as a paid TV channel in the market. » #Brexit, Britain’s big decision to leave the European Union might not be understood by all. BBC World News and BBC.com bring in special programming to help its viewers around the world make sense of the result. Check details of the coverage plan here.

Don’t Angry Arnab

MediaWatch-Image7.6Karnataka MLA Ashok Kheny was on the receiving end of Arnab Goswami’s wrath on public television recently. Arnab called up Kheny to take him to task for using “disgraceful language” with Times Now Mumbai Bureau Chief, Meghna Prasad. He also demanded a public apology from the MLA. Both Goswami and Prasad received much needed appreciation from Twitterati. » A new daily to hit the stands in India’s newest state next month. The second newspaper from Telangana Publications, after Namasthe Telangana, is an English daily called Telangana Today. Former Associate Managing Editor of The Hindu, K Srinivas Reddy has been roped in as Editor. » Business Standard introduces digital subscriptions and a partnership with Wall Street Journal. The opinion section and premium features of Business-Standard.com, including stock tips and industry newsletters, will now be available to subscribers for Rs. 149 per month. The WSJ.com add-on subscription is prized at Rs. 299 per month. Users can login with the same credentials on both websites. » ABC to commence measurement of digital media properties from Q3 2016. The metrics, an outcome of a solution by Neilsen, will measure online text content and include reach, frequency and demographics. The ABC also said that the digital segment “is witnessing the highest year-on-year growth of nearly 30%”. » Read an account on how the largest democracy in the world is turning into the worst place for working scribes.

Special Cause Special Edition

MediaWatch-Image23.2Celebrating the Make in India initiative, Condé Nast India unveiled
a special magazine at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai last week. Launched by Amitabh Kant, secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and Alex Kuruvilla, MD, Condé Nast India, the 200-page issue features success stories across technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, auto, design, and lifestyle sectors. » The Hoot reports on how Zee TV incited action against JNU students in the sedition case. Disgusted by his channel’s coverage on the matter, where there were more assumptions than facts, more bias than opinion, producer Vishwa Deepak resigned. Deepak questioned the channel’s alliance with the Delhi Police, BJP and RSS. “Due to our biases, we brought the careers, their hopes and aspirations and families of some people to the brink of destruction”, wrote Deepak in his resignation letter. Editor Sudhir Chaudhary brushed it under the carpet stating that people leaving “is a normal affair and it’s the organization’s internal matter.” » The doctored video showing JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar shouting anti-national slogans has sparked a fresh debate. Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire and Arnab Goswami of Times Now are both holding ground on opposite sides. While Goswami maintains Times Now did not telecast the fake video directly and cannot be held responsible, Varadarajan demands action against all mediapersons peddling ‘forged’ evidence.

Insight Into Arnab

MediaWatch-Image04.02.16On the occasion of Times Now completing a decade, Arnab Goswami spoke to afaqs! about his learnings and experience. Goswami believes it’s all about conviction in the business of television news, “viewers respond to impactful stories and there is no complicated science to it”. » Star India retains its exclusive broadcaster role for the English Premier League. Viewers will be able to watch the next three seasons of EPL on Star Sports channels as well as Hotstar and starsports.com. “This partnership is key in our strategy of promoting football as a priority sport in the country,” said Sanjay Gupta, COO, Star India. » Read how SC’s ruling in favour of Red FM impacts Sun TV in the long term. » IIMC’s alumni association strongly condemned and demanded swift investigation into the attack on TV journalist Kishan Barai. Barai was attacked during a press conference in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, the culprits are unidentified.

Marking A Decade

Trending-Image1.02.2016English News channel Times Now has completed 10 years in the news media industry. Launched with the intention of changing the rules of the news reporting business, the channel and Arnab Goswami have done exactly that in a relentless and unapologetically opinionated manner. Have a look at what makes the channel tick, directly from the horse’s mouth. » Shashi Tharoor and Anupam Kher were caught in a Twitter spat over the veteran Bolloywood actor’s comments that he is scared to openly say that he’s Hindu. However, Tharoor’s response to the comment was not taken well by the actor as he went on to call the Congress leader a “Congi Chamcha”. » Almost 80 products are waiting to be unveiled at the Auto Expo starting this week. At a time when the policy road map looks uncertain with authorities targeting the auto industry for increasing air pollution in the cities, manufacturers are hoping that the new models will cause a splurge in the market. » An Egyptian cartoonist, Islam Gaweesh has been arrested for running a webpage without a license. Appearing to be a part of an intensive clampdown on activists and journalists; Gaweesh has been charged for “publishing drawings which are offensive to the regime”. His work has often being viewed as critical of government figures while also involving mundanities of life in Egypt.

The Printing Machine

Trending-Image14.1.12.jpgCulture Machine’s latest addition to their Unblushed series featuring Kalki Koechlin was released yesterday. A scathing monologue on the society and media, ‘The Printing Machine’ garnered top views on YouTube as it trended on Twitter too. Talking about acid attacks, gang-rapes and the constant objectification of women, Kalki comments on the appalling media reportage. “The video is one of the most simulating denunciations of a culture that may be going morally dumb, one newspaper edition a time” is what director Akanksha Seda had to say. » Narendra Modi is all set to launch his latest pet initiative ‘Start-up India’. To be held in Delhi on 16th January, the event will have a delegation of 40+ top chief executives, founders of start-ups, venture capitalists and angel investors from Silicon Valley in attendance. The PM will also be seen highlighting the initiatives for a start-up ecosystem in the country as the event will be telecasted live in over 350 districts of India. » Arnab Goswami, for a change, received much appreciation for calling out the ‘hypocrisy’ of Indian liberals who returned their awards stating ‘increasing intolerance’. He targeted documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, stating that he had gone ‘missing from the channel’ after the whole issue. Patwardhan’s riposte states he will return to Times Now if Arnab stopped ‘barking’. Read the entire Facebook post here.

The Noise Hour

MediaWatch-Image08.01.16.jpg“Fox News on steroids”, yes that’s how The Newshour on TImes Now with Arnab Goswami has been described by Vice. Oscar Rickett also likened Arnab to the loudest shouting head to rule the other shouting heads. “The Newshour provides the potent illusion of democracy”, he added. » Taking a cue from India’s appalling 117th position on UN’s Global Happiness Index, media specialists Pradyuman Maheshwari and Sorbojeet Chatterjee have launched HappPost. Aimed at fulfilling the readers’ unsaid need for positive news over screaming headlines and shouting reporters, Happ Post will look at daily news with a ‘sunshine’ lens. Download the curated news native app, available for both Android and iOS, for your daily dose of happy. » NDTV in collaboration with TCS began the Nobel Solutions Summit in the capital yesterday. The summit brings Nobel laurates from around the globe at a single platform to discuss major challenges facing India and the world today. The first of the panel discussions talked about ‘Internet: democratic or dangerous?’ Read what the celebrated few had to say. » The number of channels who have signed up for BARC India’s watermarking technology has crossed the 400 mark. Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India termed it an “achievement in the short span of time since their launch” and appreciated the India team’s efforts in meeting this target. 195 of the 429 subscriber base are ‘All India’ channels and HSM (Hindi Speaking Market) channels.