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.

Project P’s A-Team

MediaWatch-Image12.4.16Panama Papers, codenamed internally as Project Prometheus, had The Indian Express as the reporting partner from India. Led by Ritu Sarin, also a long-time member of ICIJ, the three member Delhi team was privy to the actual investigations. 22 journalists from state bureaus were also a part of the team from Indian Express. Sarin and team, P. Vaidyanathan Iyer and Jay Mazoomdaar, spill the beans on the secret project in a tell-all to The Hoot. » Network 18’s English news channel, CNN-IBN, to get a new identity. In the first major change under Mukesh Ambani’s ownership, the channel will be rebranded as CNN News18 from 18th April 2016. Fresh shows are also lined up for the channel’s new look. » Piyush Pandey and Rajat Sharma to join the recently constituted committee for content regulation in government advertising. To be chaired by BB Tandon, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, the three member committee will be operational from Delhi for an initial tenure of two years. Read more. » The King of Good Times is no longer a partner for NDTV Good Times. After their contract with Kingfisher (UB Group) ended on March 31st, NDTV is on the lookout for a new anchor advertiser for their lifestyle channel. The channel has already removed the Kingfisher bird from its logo. » One of India’s five ABCs (Accredited Business Communicator), with about two decades of Corporate Communication experience, Saima Sharif has embraced her entrepreneurial side. She announces the launch of Crimson Communicare LLP, an integrated internal communications agency. “We provide end-to-end solutions for all Internal Communication needs – from measurement to Strategy to Ideation to Execution,” she said. Read more about Crimson’s integrated approach to internal communication here.


MoversShakers-Image12.4.16Former Resident Editor of Hindustan Times, Sudeep Mukhia makes a comeback to CNN-IBN as Executive Editor. He was the part of CNN-IBN’s launch team in 2005 and has been associated with many big publications like India Today, Indian Express and, The Financial Express. Reach out to Sudeep @mukhiasudeep. » Nisha Poddar joins CNBC-TV18 as Deputy Editor M&A. She was earlier with ET Now as M&A reporter, and with NDTV-Profit briefly. Connect with this Mumbai based Corporate Khabri @PoddarNisha. » Shauvik Ghosh has started his new innings in the PR Industry and joined Genesis Burson-Marsteller. Formerly he was the Staff Writer at Mint and has also worked with Financial Express. » Diksha Madhok has been promoted as India Editor at Quartz. She has been associated with Quartz since 2014 as Reporter and later as Ideas Editor. Her previous stints were with Startup Village, Reuters, and India Today. Connect with Delhi based Diksha @dikshamadhok.

Panama Nets Big Fish

MediaWatch-Image5.4.16Over 500 Indians outed in the Panama Papers list. Big names on the list, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Indiabulls’ Sameer Gehlaut, and DLF promoter K P Singh have been discove
red in the secret files of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama. All names on the list paid the firm to set up offshore entities in tax havens around the world. Read more on the 8 month long investigation by The Indian Express here. » A series of tweets from an unverified account @AarSee (Raghav Chopra) of a CNN-IBN news editor, caused quite the stir in social media. The tweet , with a photo-shopped picture of PM Narendra Modi touching Saudi royalty’s feet, was accompanied by bigoted comments inciting hatred in extremists. Raghav Chopra was unavailable for any clarification after the Twitter account status was changed from public to protected. » DD goes mobile. Digital Terrestrial Television, DD’s digital arm, has started mobile TV for users in 16 cities. The free service can be used without an internet connection but requires a separate dongle to catch DD signals. DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, and DD Regional are currently being relayed on this service. » National Geographic partners with MM Publications of the Malayala Manorama Group for the Indian edition of the Nat Geo Kids magazine. Hitting the stands with the April 2016 issue, the photo-driven publication will also be available for subscription.N

Clean Competition

ChaiTime-Image16.2.16.jpgThe Urban Development Ministry released a list of 73 cleanest cities of the country
on 15th February. The Swachh Sarvekshan-2016 surveyed cities with population over 10 lakh and ranked them on the basis of cleanliness and sanitation. Mysuru topped the list, followed by Chandigarh and Tiruchirappalli. » CNN IBN gears up to launch its 10th ‘Indian of the Year’ (IOTY) Award on 23rd February 2016. To be held in Taj Palace, New Delhi the awards will have Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee, former NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik, Snapdeal Co-founder & CEO Kunal Bahl among other jury members. » Exchange-4-Media announced the winners of its Exchange-4-Media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA) on 13th February, 2016. The list of awardees includes many big names from the media industry including Deepak Chaurasia, India News, who bagged the ‘Best Editor-in-Chief award. CNBC TV18 was awarded with ‘The Business News Channel of The Year’ for 2015. » Kirthiga Reddy, MD Facebook India, has decided to move base to USA. She was Facebook’s first employee in India when she joined in 2010. Reddy plans to return to USA after 6-12 months and has begun to explore new opportunities at Facebook HQ, Menlo Park.

Hot Seat Host Under Fire

Trending-Image20.1.jpgCNN-IBN’s executive editor Bhupendra Chaubey is under fire for his recent interview with Sunny Leone. Labeled as misogynistic and regressive, the journalist completely ignored questions on the actor’s latest film for which she had agreed on the interview, and dwelt on her pornographic past instead. Chaubey responded to the criticism with a blog, only to make things worse! » Senior bureaucrat Amitabh Kant, a key driver of the Incredible India campaign, targeted Aamir Khan during his stint in the Ministry of Tourism. Taking a dig at the actor for his intolerance remarks, Kant said “If the brand ambassador of Incredible India says that India is intolerant, then he is not working as the brand ambassador, he is damaging the brand entity of the nation”. » The HRD Ministry has rejected allegations of it putting pressure on the University of Hyderabad in the matter relating to Dalit student Rohith Vemula who committed suicide on Sunday. The ministry agrees to having sent 5 letters written by Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya stating that 4 of them were reminders as per standard procedure. Rohith, a Dalit PhD scholar, was among the five research scholars who were suspended August last year over an alleged assault case. Allegations of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Dattatreya were raised following Dattatreya’s letter to Smriti Irani, seeking action against the scholars’ “anti-national acts”.

Defending Kejriwal

Trending-Image22.12.jpgRam Jethmalani will defend Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and five others in the defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley. The Finance Minister has accused AAP leaders of filing false and defamatory cases against him regarding the irregularities during his tenure as the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). » The release of the juvenile convict in the 16 December Nirbhaya gang-rape has caused national outrage. With the SC yet to hear the plea against the release, the Indian media taking the matter in their own hands went into overdrive. Sticking cameras everywhere and then outraging about the law taking its own course, CNN-IBN went a step further as it tweeted that it had breaking news which it couldn’t break! » A Mobilink ad featuring Nargis Fakhri on the front page of Urdu newspaper Jang has stirred controversy. The ad showing Fakhri in a red dress lying down with a phone in her hand has been called ‘cheap’ and ‘absurd’ on social media. » PM Modi unveiled battery run busses for MPs yesterday. Promoting solar energy, the gift from the ‘Make In India’ campaign will transport MPs to the Parliament.