Let’s Pledge Press Freedom

MediaWatch-Image3.5.16Today is World Press Freedom Day, and that’s one reason to revisit cases where this freedom was violated through the year. The Hoot reports that there have been 21 cases of attacks on journalists and one case of hostage taking this past year. A journalist also lost his life in UP. Meanwhile in Nepal, the SC ended jail-time for veteran editor Kanak Mani Dixit, who was arrested on April 22 by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority. » Media Freedom is constantly under threat with the growing violence against women journalists. At the launch of the 2016 edition of CPJ’s ‘Attacks on the Press’ book, documenting the daily violence and harassment that women journos face, Kim Barker NYT reporter said “You don’t even have to be in a conflict zone to be violated anymore.” Read other accounts by women journalists across the world here. » A major redesign for HT Media’s financial newspaper Mint is on the cards. The only paper to be published in a unique Berliner format, is set to be re-launched as a broadsheet. Designed by acclaimed Mario Garcia, the new format may have a summer unveiling. » Under the NDA government, paid news might soon become an electoral offence for poll candidates. The BJP led government has filed an affidavit in the SC which proposes to amend the Representation of People Act, 1951 with a provision that makes paid news punishable. Media outlets found participating are also likely to be punished, with their publication being suspended for 45 to 90 days.

India on India.com

CTWithin three years of its inception India.com, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., claims to be the third fastest growing content publisher in India, after Times Internet and Network 18. Having online properties such as Mashable India, BGR, Bollywood Life, Health Site, On Cars and Cricket Country.com, it is the third most visited web portal, with 12 million unique visitors according to ComScore data. » HT Media Ltd., which had acquired 10 new frequencies across Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and UP during the Phase III FM auctions, has launched its second radio station, Radio Nasha 107.2 FM in Delhi, whose test transmission started on February 26, 2016. Unlike their first FM channel Fever 104, Radio Nasha is being called India’s first retro station and will mainly play Bollywood music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. » The International Advertising Association (IAA) – India announced the winners for the 4th edition of its Leadership Awards on Saturday, 12th March. Rajat Sharma, India TV won the ‘Television Anchor of the Year’ award, whereas Raj Nayak, Colors-CEO, bagged the ‘Media Person of the Year’ award. See the full list of awardees here. » The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to launch broadband connections as a pilot project in the three districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam on March 17. Targeted at 12 million households (1.20 crore) in the State, the broadband project will be implemented in other districts in a phased manner. See more

Project DAS III

MediaWatch-Image22.12.jpgThe Government of India has placed its foot down regarding the phase 3 of the digitalization process, instructing all stakeholders to complete the seeding before the deadline of 31st December after which all signals of Analog in DAS 3 areas will be switched off. According to MIB the third phase will cover around about 630 districts and 7709 urban areas. » Digital news agency, TheNewsMinute.com has raised an undisclosed sum of angel investment from Raghav Bahl owned Quintillion Media. Commenting on the partnership, Vignesh Vellore, Co-Founder of TheNewsMinute.com said, “The investment from Quintillion Media will enable us to reach our true potential. We will focus on expanding our team, enhancing our technology, and marketing our content better to reach out to a wider audience’’. The News Minute was launched back in 2014 by journalist cum author Chitra Subramaniam, former Times Now Bureau Chief Dhanya Rajendran and Vignesh Vellore. » More investment news heading your way as app based content aggregator Planet Gogo  receives an undisclosed amount of sum in a seed round from HT Media Ltd. The latter made the investment through its subsidiary HT Digital Media Holdings Ltd and US-based investment firm North Base Media (NBM). The funds, as per co founder Damandeep Singh Soni will be used to expand its current user base. Planet GoGo was launched 3 months back with a vision to revolutionize content consumption for mobile users and is currently available on Play Store.

Media Announcements

^23B0119B8C7C724E844C7EE26B050F461616FB0D62BBA2F3C2^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrUday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV has announced the launch of Al Jazeera’s English news channel on their platform today. The contents of the news channel will be available worldwide, except for USA. YuppTV is one of the world’s largest online over-the-top (OTT) entertainment solution providers. » Tata Sky has announced that it has added News Asia International to its bouquet of global news channels. With this induction, Tata Sky now offers 96 news channels, including 14 English, 22 Hindi and 57 regional language channels. » HT Media today said it will transfer its multi-media content management undertaking to its wholly-owned subsidiary HT Digital Streams on a slump exchange basis. The exchange has been based upon the valuation report obtained from M/s S R Dinodia & Co LLP, Chartered Accountants and has been duly approved by the internal audit committee.


MOVERSNSHAKERSAlka Sinha makes a move to HT Media Ltd as Senior Copy Editor. This website professional has earlier worked with Inx News Pvt. Ltd. as Lead – Web Department. Delhi based Alka can be reached @AlkaSinha21. » Congratulations to Nishant Singh for taking charge at The Pioneer as Sub-Editor cum Reporter. Founder of rahgeer.net – an online magazine; this photography enthusiast can be reached @Flying_Trying.


MoversNShakers_17.07Anubhav Parsheera joins The Sunday Guardian as Reporter cum Sub Editor. He previously has worked with India Today as Features Writer and Content Editor. Delhi – based Anubhav can be reached @anubhavparsh. » Priyanka Sahay has moved to HT Mint as Staff Writer covering start-ups and telecom sector. Earlier with VCCircle, DNA, and Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), connect with Delhiite Priyanka @priyankasahay.