MediaMove1Deepanshu Taumar joins Next Gen Publishing Ltd. – Gaadi.com and CarDekho.com as Senior Features Writer. He was previously associated with Gaadi Web Pvt Ltd. as Sr. Correspondent, The Economic Times as Business Correspondent, and Planman Media as Correspondent. New Delhi based Deepanshu can be reached @DTaumar.
» Gaurang Sinha makes a move to ET Now as Correspondent covering Finance Ministry and Energy. He was previously associated with Bloomberg TV India as Reporter and later as Senior Correspondent and CDOT Alcatel Lucent Research Centre as Researcher. Connect with Delhi based tech-head @gaurangsinha.

And The Winner Is…

MediaWatch-Image4.1The final winners of 2015 have been revealed as BARC Ratings week 51 data rolled in. Times Now, Aaj Tak and ET Now held the top spot in English News, Hindi News and Business News genres respectively. » Meanwhile another news channel from India – News18 India seems to be making waves overseas. In a poll conducted in UK by BizAsiaLive.com, News18 India took the biggest slice of the pie with 37% votes beating biggies like ARY News. » According to the recently updated list of towns to be covered by DAS phase III, MIB has reduced the number of towns & cities to be covered to 33,358,571 from 38,799,094. The most significant cut comes from West Bengal with 250 towns being dropped from the new list. » Veteran Marathi journalist Nikhil Wagle is at the helm of newly launched news channel – Maharastra1. The channel is determined to make a big impact from day one and reach every single Marathi speaking household, as Wagle understands the pulse of the Marathi viewer like no other. With Sanjay Sharma as CEO and highly experienced at top positions, Maharashtra1 seems to be a sure win for Sharp Advertising Pvt. Ltd. » Young reporter, Amit Dwivedi along with Akshay K. R. Singh has founded ‘farrata.com’ an automobile news portal in Hindi. Amit, previously associated with Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, Hindustan and Network18, is credited for launching the Hindi edition of Network18’s English auto magazine – ‘Overdrive’ in Mumbai. Singh runs an IT firm called Webera. The news portal will have various sections like car and bike reviews, farrata news, and travelogue.


xaNDTV 24X7 welcomes its new Reporter, Ankita Sinha. She has earlier worked with Times Now, and NDTV Prime for shows like ‘The Property Show’ and ‘Heads Up.’ Reach out to the Mumbaikar journo @AnkitaSinha311. » ET NOW says hello to Anannya Pramanick who joins as a Senior Assistant Producer. Based in Mumbai, her previous stints were at Reuters News Agency and CNBC-TV18.

Rs. 100 Cr. Lawsuit for NSE Exposé

MediaWatch- Image 2NSE is engaged in a 100 crore lawsuit battle with Moneylife magazine. The business periodical recently reported massive manipulation in NSE’s system, leading to illegal profits & benefits for a select few firms. Editor Sucheta Dalal stated that they had sent across multiple emails to SEBI Chairman UK Singh, seeking verification, to which there was no response, before deciding to publish the article. Defining it as harassment Dalal said “it is easy for big corporate houses to file defamation suits seeking massive amounts in damages as it does not cost them much. » ET Now in partnership with National Stock Exchange (NSE) is on to simplify stock exchange for its viewers with their latest show – Nivesh India. The idea is to educate and encourage passive and novice investors to invest in equity through the SIP and ETF route and be a part of the Indian growth story. » Two British Vice News journalists along with their assistant have been arrested in Turkey for apparently “aiding a terrorist organization”.  Correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, were detained on Thursday while reporting from Diyarbakir, the city’s Kurdish region. Vice News issued a statement condemning the act while adding that the Turkish government has made multiple attempts to silence their reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region.

Firstpost Amped Up!

MediaWatch-Image20.8Firstpost’s editorial team gets a boost as they appoint BV Rao (Editor) and Ajay Singh (Executive Editor) to assist R Jagannathan, Editor-in-Chief of Firstpost and Forbes India, as reported by exchange4media. Rao has worked with the top media brands of the country which include The Express Group, The Times Group, Free Press Journal as well as DNA. Singh leverages close to 25 years of experience with stints at Times of India, ET, Telegraph, The Pioneer, Business Standard, Star News, and more. » The war to claim top viewership has escalated between ET Now and CNBC TV18 (as reported previously). Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) during the course of its investigation found CNBC TV18’s claims misleading and unsubstantiated and it upheld the complaint made by ET Now. CNBC has been advised to modify or withdraw their advertisements. » After stepping out from Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd. Rahul Joshi, Editorial Director of ET, is slated to be announced as Network18’s ‘CEO News and Group Editor-In-Chief’. His mandate will extend to all aspects of business and editorial of Network18 properties.


ET-NOW-LogoCongrats to Amitha HB who steps up to become assistant producer at ET Now. Prior to this, she was associated with Bloomberg TV India. Mumbaikar Amitha can be reached @AmithaHb. Moving on, Bloomberg TV India also is shaking things up as it welcomes Pooja Gupta as news co-ordinator. Mumbai based Pooja was previously with Times Now and Adgully – a media, marketing, and advertising website. Connect with her @IPoojagupta.

Star Wars

indiatoday1Amidst the Brand realignment, Aroon Purie reshuffles the team at The India Today Group to appoint Kalli Purie as Group Editorial Director, Broadcast & New Media. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has advised ET Now to withdraw or modify its advertising slogan claiming to be the number one business channel. The complaint was filed by CNBC-TV18. Bennett and Coleman take on the ABP, as the TOI takes on The Telegraph claiming to be the East’s number one paper.