Twitter At Your Service

ChaiTime-Image19.4.16On 21st April, GOI is going to launch a new service “Twitter Seva” for entrepreneurs of different stages to seek support or funding assistance from the government. After PM Narendra Modi launched Ola e-rickshaw services for Tier II and III cities, this is a concrete step in the same direction to strengthen the ‘Start-Up India, Stand-Up India‘ initiative. » Indian Union Ministers now have a social tally. Recently ranked by the PMO on the basis of how quickly and efficiently they respond to public grievances on Twitter, the list saw Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at the top. Close to follow was Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, with a special control room to address complaints and grievances through the ministry’s official handle @RailminIndia. Check the full list of tech savvy officials here. » Speaking of tallies, in a survey by CareerCast, which reviewed more than 200 jobs based on the environment, income, outlook and stress associated with them, newspaper reporter is the worst profession for the third year in a row. » Good news for Bhubaneswariya train passengers as they will now be able to avail Google’s high- speed free wifi services. Commissioned by RailTel in association with Google, launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 18th April in the Odisha capital, this service is aimed to benefit 1.4 lakh visitors at Bhubaneswar station, daily. » Dainik Bhaskar has recently launched an ad film that supports girl child education. Part of the brand’s ‘Zidd Karo Duniya Badlo’ campaign, the two minute short film is created by Ogilvy & Mather and is scheduled to be telecast through all media channels on a pan-India basis.

Fantastic 4th!

MediaWatch.jpgRecently released WAN-IFRA’s World Press Trends report 2015 has ranked ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ as the fourth largest circulated news daily in the world. With the circulation figure of 3.6 million copies it only lags behind The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan- 9.1 million copies), The Asahi Shimbun (Japan- 6.8 million copies) and USA Today (USA- 4.1 million copies). » India Radio Forum (IRF) has invited a call for entries for the 11th edition of ‘The Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA) 2016’. With the aim of supporting and recognizing quality in radio broadcasting in India the award ceremony will be held on 13th May. Know more about the entry submissions. » Former NDTV journalist turned social activist, Revati Laul was allegedly attacked by Naroda Patiya massacre accused Suresh Chhara in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Revti , currently researching for her book on the convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case had gone to interview the convict who is presently out on parole. » ABP group is going to launch its new regional channel – ABP Asmita, which will be their third regional news channel after ABP Majha and ABP Ananda. Brajesh Kumar Singh who has been associated with the ABP News will be the editorial head of the new channel.

Time For A Viral Shot

MediaWatch-Image12.1.16.jpgGurgaon based micro-content app, Viral Shots has been acquired by Times Internet for an undisclosed amount. Miten Sampat, VP Corporate Development, Times Internet said the acquisition “fit into their goal of providing readers an innovative content experience.” Viral Shots, having a massive engagement with its audience, curates stories from over 300 social and web destinations in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Telugu. » A report titled ‘Kalavathi’, alleging that expired medicines were being administered in government hospitals of Puducherry, earned Tamil weekly Namadhu Manasatchi a criminal sedition case against them. The UT Government justified their charges claiming the news report created panic. Considering the gravity of the matter, Press Council of India has given Puducherry Government two weeks to furnish its fact report on the case. » With the exception of, all newspapers seem to have turned a deaf ear to MP Sadhvi Prachi’s controversial statement in Lucknow on January 6th. Following the Pathankot attacks, she suggested investigating Muslim officers in the Indian Army for possible links to Pakistan.

The Public Verdict

ChaiTime-Image11.01.16The people of India have spoken, and 81% of them have said no to ‘Free Basics’ or any such program while opting for an unbiased internet for themselves and their fellow citizens. The stats are from a survey conducted with over 14,000 respondents by Local Circles – a community networking portal. The poll further states that, 78% of citizens want their Government to provide free conditional internet access covering essential citizen services, news, education, etc. » It’s that time of the year when the audience can dishonor the best of the worst in Bollywood. Planet Radio City Slappies is back for its 5th season – an award show where public votes & decides which were the most sinfully boring acts or talents in 2015. Voting ends today and the final list of winners will be announced on a special show called the ‘’LOL Room’’. » Dainik Bhaskar group has announced an advertising rate hike of 25% for 94.3 MY FM, starting February 1st. The decision has been taken to address the current inventory crunch and will be applicable across all 17 stations of MY FM.


MoversShakers-Image1.12Dainik Jagran (Online) welcomes its new Sub Editor, Manish Negi. He was earlier with Focus TV as Assistant Producer. Delhi based Manish can be reached @manish6073. » Jaipur based Madhav Sharma has joined Dainik Bhaskar as Sub Editor. He previously has worked with Rajasthan Patrika. » The Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI) appoints CVL Srinivas, CEO of GroupM South Asia as its Chairman. Prior to this he was associated with The Times Group, Maxus, Madison Media, and Fulcrum (JWT). Connect with Mumbaikar Srinivas @cvlsrinivas.

The Printed Word

MWContradicting global trends, Indian newspapers continue to see growth according to the latest Registrar of Newspapers in India (RNI). The number of registered publications has risen from 94,067 to 1,05,443 as on March 2015. Uttar Pradesh leads the charts with 15,209 registered publications, followed by Maharashtra and Delhi NCR. » Dainik Bhaskar Group has successfully completed its full foray in Bihar. After launching its 2nd edition from Bhagalpur (as reported previously), the company has launched editions in Muzaffarpur and Gaya along with 7 district editions – Hajipur, Purnea, Nalanda, Arrah, Chhapra, Samastipur and Darbhanga. With these latest additions, DB Group now publishes 6 newspapers with 61 editions in 14 states across India. » Piling into the media freedom debate, the News Broadcasters Association takes a stand against the MIB and believes the media should remain independent and self-regulatory. »  Former Telecom Minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran has been asked by the Madras HC to surrender to the CBI within 3 days. He is being investigated for allegedly abusing his post to benefit the Sun TV Network, a media group owned by his brother Kalanithi Maran.

Bihar Bhaskar

MediaWatch-Image28Aiming to dominate their presence in Bihar, Dainik Bhaskar launches its 2nd edition from Baghalpur, reports exchange4media. To complete its full foray in Bihar, the newspaper will be launching two additional main editions from Muzzaffarpur and Gaya along with seven district editions in Hajipur, Purnea, Biharsharif /Nalanda, Arrah, Chhapra, Samastipur and Darbhanga. » The Financial Times’ journalists had written to their new masters concerned about editorial independence.  Clearing the air, Nikkei chairman Tsuneo Kita gave assurances to the employees on Friday, saying, “The Financial Times will continue to enjoy complete editorial independence and freedom, just as all news organizations should have.”  The FT reputation and influence in US, UK and Europe complements Nikkei’s strong foothold spread across Asia. » Bajate Raho, Red FM! The court has cleared the decks for the radio channel, allowing it to participate in the first batch of Phase – III auctions which began yesterday. Reaffirming faith in the country’s judicial system, Red FM COO, Nisha Narayanan, expressed her pleasure on the outcome of its court case.