Descent into own Cliff

MediaWatch-Image26.7Read the poster boy of TV News, Dr. Prannoy Roy’s take on news channels finding profit in becoming tabloid-ish, TRP fixing, ‘paid news’, and the ‘soft power’ of media. Dr. Roy also points out that the unfettered nature of journalism has started its descent; Indian media appears to be hurtling towards its own regulatory cliff. » IGNOU is jumping aboard the DTH bandwagon, with a nod from the HRD ministry. Planning to launch four new DTH channels for interactive and multimedia learning, IGNOU will also be restoring two ‘Gyan Darshan’ channels which went off-air in 2014 on account of unpaid dues. The administration hopes to inaugurate the new channels by August 15th. » After getting off to a great start in 2016, India News, reeling from the positive impact of DAS III roll out, held fort at the third spot in the Hindi News channels category. India News followed Aaj Tak and India TV with 52,552 impressions in Week 28 of the BARC ratings data. » Three journalists from Chinese news agency Xinhua’s Delhi and Mumbai bureaus have been denied visa extension. Authorities state that the rationale is legit and the Xinhua scribes took to illegal activities to gain access to restricted areas. Chinese media doesn’t seem to be buying it though and warned India of ‘serious consequences’. » A mere 50 days into his second stint at IBN7, Prabal Pratap Singh is harbouring high hopes from the channel’s new programming strategy. Disrupting the routine debate timings with ‘Aar Paar’, airing at 7PM, and recreating the crime scenes with plenty of visual effects in “Super Crime Time”, Singh hopes to boost IBN7’s viewership largely in Hindi markets.

Celebrating Excellence

ChaiTime-Image22.12.jpgMalayala Manorama journalist, Shajil Kuma has been selected for this year’s International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism. He will be bestowed with the reward in New Delhi in January 2016 for his outstanding journalistic work exposing the fragile lives of the microscopic tribal communities on the slopes of Western Ghats in Kerala. » IBN7’s special campaign – ‘Dilli ko Saans Lene Do’ has launched today. The first phase will highlight a detailed discussion on the need and impact of the measures proposed by the state government to curb the rising pollution levels in the city. The second phase from 1st January to 15th January will follow a reality checks across the capital, evaluating the impact of the steps taken on air pollution, providing a clear picture to its viewers. » Genesis Burson-Marsteller unveils their senior leadership appointments which will take effect from 1 January 2016.


Strike Two for Skribes

MediaWatch-Image6.10The Finance Ministry is following in MHA’s footsteps by curbing skribes’ free access to various departments. PIB accredited reporters have also been barred from entering. Seeing how journalists have been up in arms against this directive, a monthly press conference to address all media ‘queries’ is the Ministry’s only way of humoring them. » Furthering coverage of the Bihar elections, IBN7 has planned exclusive programmes on the ground reality of the state, election buzz updates and various party strategies. Click here for the schedule of ‘Patliputra Ka Mahasangram’. » Marking its 2nd anniversary, CaLDRON magazine released its 25th issue for Aug-Sep, 2015. This 180 paged mega issue features restaurant reviews, recipes from renowned culinary professionals, and a Nissan Terrano review with a twist. » Eurodata TV Worldwide Service will now provide data about Indian TV audiences. This has come about with the partnership between BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) and Mediametrie, French media research firm. Happy about the tie-up, BARC India CEO Partho Dasgupta said “it would help them grow in reach and popularity.”

‘Kitna Swachh Hua Bharat’

^EBD2A4A1E98D036D433368C8C454209CEEF4FDFCC1361B4977^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrMarking one year of the ‘Swachh Bharat campaign’, ‘Kitna Swachh Hua Bharat’ a one week reality check show is going to air from 26th September, 2015 exclusively on IBN7. This series will amass the opinion of people linked to the campaign, their contribution, obstacles and suggestions to make the campaign more effective. » National Geographic Channel in cooperation with ISRO will bring to you a special one hour documentary “Mangalyaan: India’s Mission to Mars” on November 05, 2015 at 10 PM. Marking the first anniversary of the successful Mars orbiter Mission, the show will cover its inception, journey and also simplify the science behind it.» Illusionist Neel Madhav is back with Season 2 of ‘You Got Magic’ on NDTV Good Times. Premiering on 25th Sep 2015, at 8:30 PM the show promises road trips, adventures, culture, cuisines and a lot more magic than ever before.

Periscopic Journo Connect

^06B59D2C7F24451C990652134610CB3D1FAB7FD8CA02396A59^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrCNN IBN & IBN7 take audience engagement to a new high. Viewers can now interact with the channels’ journalists and anchors in real-time, send bouquets and brickbats through Twitter’s live streaming app, Periscope. » Latest developments in the Moneylife defamation case gave NSE some respite. The 50 lakh punitive damages demanded of NSE have been stayed by an appeal bench of the Bombay HC. The matter will be heard again in two weeks. » A proposal, mooted by TRAI in 2013, recommending increasing the FDI limit to 100% in broadcasting carriage and content services including DTH and cable TV networks, is being considered by the Government. The current limit for FDI through the government approved route is 74% for broadcasting carriage and 26% for content services. » Zigwheels, Times Internet’s auto portal has been acquired by Jaipur based Cardekho. This marks the third acquisition for Girnar Soft (Cardekho’s parent) after and this year.


MoversShakers-Image11.9Indrajeet Rai starts his new innings with IBN7 as Crime Editor. Earlier with Live India, Zee News, and News Nation, Noida based investigative journalist can be reached @indrajeet_live. » Congrats to Inder Singh Bisht for joining Deccan Herald as Correspondent. He was previously associated with The Times of India, The Indian Express, and Asian News International (ANI). Connect with Delhi based Inder @inderno1.

When Plans Backfire

MediaWatch-Image10.9The Bombay High Court gave its ruling on the100 crore defamation lawsuit’. Favoring defendants Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu, founders of Moneylife magazine, the HC slammed NSE for being ‘arrogant’; while ordering them to pay Rs. 50 lakh (in total) as punitive damages. » ‘IBN Dialogue – Bihar 2.0’, Network18’s day-long conclave starting tomorrow, will put the spotlight on Bihar election. Top leaders from main political parties to come together live on IBN7, CNN-IBN and ETV Bihar. » Aaj Tak to host a new show “Aaj Tak Ka Gaon Connection”, bespoked for its rural audience. Anchored by senior journalist Neelesh Misra, the programme will showcase rural news, inspirational stories and issues.