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01Aug_BTViBTVi elevates Vikram Oza as Consulting Editor and Senior Anchor. He was previously associated with Bloomberg TV India as Senior Editor and Head of Special Initiatives and Features, and Times Now as Senior Producer. In his most recent stint, he voraciously covered the National Handloom Day. Connect with this Mumbai based dynamic journalist @VikramOza.

MediaMoves7.6» Sitaraman Shankar takes on the role of Managing Editor – Special Projects at Network18. With over 22 years of experience in the field of journalism, and his previous stints with Reuters in Frankfurt, London and Dubai, Shankar will be working closely with Network18’s TV news editors in multiple areas. He can be reached @shankarht.

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MediaMoves1Network18 Media & Investments, Web18 welcomes a new Executive Editor, Rohit Khilnani. His previous stints were with The Quint as Entertainment Editor, India Today as Entertainment Editor, CNN-IBN as Chief Entertainment Correspondent, NDTV as Principal Correspondent, Cine Blitz as Chief Reporter, and The Indian Express as Reporter. Mumbai based Author of the book  called ‘I Hate Bollywood’ can be reached @rohitkhilnani.

MediaMove2» Supraja Srinivasan makes a move from BTVi to The Economic Times as Senior Correspondent. She was earlier the Senior News Producer at BTVi. At her new innings with ET, she will be covering Startups and E-Commerce. She had her previous stints with CNBC TV18 as Associate News Producer and Red FM as Assistant Producer (Intern). Reach out to this Mumbai based Sufi music and cinema lover @soupraja.

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MediaMoves7.6Amish Devgan joins Network18 as Executive Editor. He was previously associated with Zee Media as Journalist, Editor, and Anchor. Devgan started his career with Hindustan Times and joined Zee News in 2002. He later moved to Zee Business in 2005. Connect with Delhi based Amish @AMISHDEVGAN. » Simar Bhasin bids adieu to New Delhi and says hello to Chennai as she joins The New Indian Express as Features Writer. She was earlier associated with Hindustan Times as Reporter.  You can connect with Simar at @simarb_92. » Senior Correspondent of The Economic Times, Megha Mandavia gets promoted as Principal Correspondent. Her previous stints were with DNA Money as Senior Correspondent, Reuters News as Correspondent, and Bloomberg TV as Features Producer. Connect with Mumbaikar Megha @MeghaMandaviaET.

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network18_logoFurthering the News18 brand identity, Network18 is all set to launch three regional channels in June – in Assamese, Tamil, and Malayalam. Regional Business Head, ETV News Network, Mukund Setlur confirms that News18 is the brand they will be working on. » Good news for bongs, Tehelka Group to launch Tehelka Bangla news channel. The group CEO, Upendra Rai also confirmed that they will follow up with regional Hindi channels soon. » nexGTv, India’s largest subscription-led video entertainment app, now adds Bengali and Oriya channels to its kitty. With worldwide broadcast rights for Rupashi Bangla, Dhoom Music, News Time Bangla, and Alankar TV, nexGTv promises convenience to its expatriate audiences. » In light of the growing attacks on African nationals in the country, India Today attempts to uncover whether it’s focused racism or random coincidence being hyped. Meanwhile, Union Minister VK Singh was slammed by the Broadcast Editors Association (BEA) for his remarks terming the attacks as a ‘minor scuffle blown up by media’. » In protest of recent journo killings in central India, various journalist associations came out in front of the Guwahati Press Club on May 16th. Apart from demanding stringent action against the culprits, the demonstrators also sought special protection laws for working journalists from the Modi led Government. Meanwhile, recognizing the hardships faced by scribes in J&K, the Mehbooba Mufti government proposed a welfare fund with an initial corpus of 2 Cr for working and accredited journalists in the state. 

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MediaMove3Akhil Kumar makes a move to The Wire as Web Producer/Correspondent. His previous stints were as Senior Editor at Youth Ki Awaaz and as a Freelance Journalist and Editor with Scroll.in, Kindle Magazine, Kafila.org, Liberation magazine etc. New Delhi based Akhil is the Guest Editor at IndiaResists.com and he tweets @Akhil1490.
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» Dipanjan Das has joined Network18 as CEO of Greycells 18 Media. He was earlier the COO/Director-Operations at Pearl Academy, Senior Vice President & Member-Management Council at CL Educate Limited, and Management Trainee at GEMS Education. New Delhi based Dipanjan can be reached @dipanjann.

All Eggs In One Basket

MediaWatch-Image09.02.16Raghav Bahl, after having sold his stake in Network18 and TV18 to Mukesh Ambani’s Independent Media Trust, resigned as director of both companies owing to his ‘preoccupation’. Bahl is focusing on his company, The Quintillion Media partnering with Bloomberg to launch BloombergQuint, an online portal and a business news channel. » Responding to Malini Parthasarathy’s comments on the changes in The Hindu after her exit, N Ram, Chairman Kasturi & Sons Ltd, thought The Hindu was doing fine and the MD & CEO Rajiv Lochan had turned around the company very well. Suresh Nambath is serving as interim head of editorial operations till Malini’s replacement is finalized. » English and Kannada media seem to be on opposite sides of the debate in the issue of a Tanzanian woman’s assault by a mob in Bangalore. While the English media unequivocally condemns the incident terming it ‘racial’, the Kannada media is highlighting stories of previous crimes by Africans in the city, and siding with the locals. Read more about the turn of events here. » New York based UHD channel High 4K TV is all set to enter Indian TV screens in partnership with . The channel, featuring a mix of travel, entertainment, lifestyle, and original content, will be available on digital TV platforms. Distribution on various DTH and cable networks is in the offing.