The Unicorns’ Dream Run

ChaiTime-Image26.7Celebrating the success of the show ‘Unicorn – chasing the start-up dream’, NDTV is all set to launch the first edition of ‘Unicorn Start-up Awards’. Powered by Vestige and Indigo Nation, the award will aim to honor the most credible dream-chasers who are going to change the way India does business. With a stellar jury panel including R Chandrashekhar, and Raman Roy, among others, the awards will be presented for different categories on July 29th at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. » Emergency!!! Need to call the police? – Just tweet @callup100. Yes, you read it right. UP Police, on their way to getting social savvy, has planned to use Twitter for emergency services. Citizens will be able to upload complaints, pictures, videos and documents on Twitter. The response time for this service has been fixed at 10-15 minutes. The police will also be able to record all the calls and information digitally to be used in further investigation. Read more» Verizon Communication has geared up to buy Yahoo Inc’s core business for $ 4.83 billion. With a market capital of about $228 billion, Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s web assets and a logical blueprint for folding them into its emerging digital business, which includes AOL properties acquired by them last year. Shares of Verizon rose 1.3% to $56.10 and the Yahoo stock was up 1.4% to $39.38 on Friday. See more.


nnnnnSiddhartha Sharma makes a move to News18 (Network18 Digital) as Editor – Technology and Automobiles. He formerly worked with The Quint as Editor-Technology, Headlines Today as TV-Presenter of Gadgets & Gizmos show, and ET Now as Anchor & Assistant Producer. Siddhartha also handled Ad Sales at 93.5 RED FM, Delhi, and production at lifestyle-luxury channel, VOI Millionaire. Connect with this Noida based avid traveler @SidnChips. » Congrats to Sulagna Ghosh for joining Fairfest Media Ltd. handling B2B publications – Travel News Digest and Urban News Digest. She has previously been associated with Wonderlust as Associate Editor, Safari India magazine as Senior Reporter, and Young India magazine as Correspondent. New Delhi based avid reader and traveler can be reached @SulagnaGhosh88. » NDTV welcomes its new Chief Sub Editor, Nivi Shrivastava. She had her previous stints with Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. as Senior Sub-Editor and Reporter. New Delhi based Founder of Miss Junebug tweets @msjunebug_nivi.

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.

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

MediaWatch-Image29.3.16Co-founder and co-chairperson of NDTV, Dr. Prannoy Roy was presented with the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management-2015. In his address at the ceremony, he asked all politicians to nurture, not throttle India’s media. Calling it one of the greatest assets for the country’s people, he said, “Watch this space – watch India’s media – you ain’t seen nothing yet.” » Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) labels Indian media ‘crass’. In a press release urging Pakistani media to be “responsible and professional” while reporting on the recent Lahore attacks, there were specific instructions to “not follow in India media’s footsteps that is driven by crass commercialization”.  » The ABP Group formally announced the launch of their new Gujarati News Channel ABP Asmita. Check details on the show lineup on the channel here» Week 11 of BARC India data saw the entire news genre taking a dip in ratings. Times Now maintained its leadership position in the English News category and CNBC TV18 & CNBC Awaaz held the trophy in English & Hindi Business News respectively.



Congrats to Pawas Kumar for joining NDTV as Senior Sub Editor. He was earlier associated with f7 Broadcast as Chief Copy Editor, Times Internet as Copy Editor, and Dainik Bhaskar as Sub Editor. Delhiite Pawas is a sports and travel lover and tweets @PawasNeer.

» Shubhankar Chakravorty makes a move from Reuters News Agency to The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), an independent business within The Economist Group. As a Companies Analyst, Shubhankar will cover global energy and resource companies. He has been previously associated with The New Indian Express as Sub Editor. Gurgaon based avid reader and blogger at ‘shubhankarc’ can be reached @monkeypreneur.

Yupp It’s NDTV

MediaWatch-16.2.16YuppTV, the OTT provider claiming to be the largest in the world, has partnered with NDTV.
The group’s four channels – NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, NDTV Prime, and NDTV Good Times will be available to YuppTV viewers on both the website and mobile app. » Keep up with the latest developments in the case of the JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest here. He was arrested on sedition charges for participating in the Afzal Guru event on February 9, in which anti-India slogans were raised. Several journalists reporting at the scene, when Kanhaiya was produced in court, were heckled and manhandled. They took to Twitter to vent their anger. » MIB recently cancelled licenses for as many as 126 channels, bringing down the number of permitted private satellite TV channels to 857. 399 news and current affairs channels, and 458 are non-news and current affairs channels remain valid. » Publishers have reason to be hopeful about better results from the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) by the Media Research User Council (MRUC). MRUC recently held a meeting for deciding pricing and analyzing more databases for a new report expected to be made public soon.

Women Of Worth

ChaiTime-Image09.02L’Oréal Paris has joined hands with NDTV for the ‘Women of Worth 2016’ awards to celebrate extraordinary Indian women for their powerful contribution to society. Actress Sonam Kapoor, brand ambassador – L’Oreal Paris, unveiled the trophy, introduced the jury and announced the categories and nominees on Monday. The winners, to be decided through a public voting system in conjunction with jury inputs, will be felicitated in Mumbai on 28 March, 2016. » Inspired by Germany’s Hannover Messe, one of the largest industrial exhibitions in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the maiden ‘Make in India’ week from February 13 in Mumbai. Aimed at attracting investments, the week will be attended by 190 companies, including MNCs, 5,000 delegates from 60 countries, and leading industrialists including Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani. See more. » Canada India Foundation (CIF) has decided to honour Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of the Essel Group & ZEE, with its prestigious Canada India Foundation (CIF) Chanchlani Global Indian Award. CIF, a public policy organization, works to strengthen Canada India relations and to celebrate the global Indian community. Dr. Chandra will be receiving this award on April 22 in Toronto, for his global leadership, strategic vision, and professional excellence.