Let’s ‘Samvaad’

ChaiTime-Image10.5.16To take stock of 2 years of Modi Govt, India TV has announced a day-long mega conclave ‘Samvaad’ on 16th May, 2016 in New Delhi. Led by India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Rajat Sharma, a team of premier journalists will analyze the present Government’s performance in its first two years. Highlighting the hits and misses of the government the conclave will also focus on the opportunities and challenges that will define the next three years of the NDA regime. » Congratulations to Anju Nigam for being appointed as Joint Secretary of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry (MIB). Replacing IAS officer Puneet Kansal, Anju Nigam will take charge of various matters such as e-auctions and other issues in Prasar Bharati. » In order to check the radicalization of today’s youth by the Internet, Delhi Police’s Special Cell is in the process of constituting a “Social Media Monitoring Cell“. Keeping a keen eye on online activities, the police commissioner’s brainchild will operate within the Special Cell and include cyber experts hired from outside to assist the anti-terror cops.

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Peace Trumped

Trending-Image04.02.16A mystery patron has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize according to an AFP Report. The patron in his/her letter has praised Trump for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.” Whereas, the world has famously seen Trump vowing to “bomb the shit out of ISIS” and threatened to impose a protective tariff on trade with the Chinese. » Bollywood actor Kajol and former editor of RSS’ mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ Seshadri Chari’s names have been drawn up by the MIB for filling the vacant posts of two part-time members of the Prasar Bharati Board. The final selection between the 7-8 nominated names will be made by a three-member committee headed by Vice President M Hamid Ansari. » Genesis Burson-Marsteller’s Step Up India initiative has extended to China as well.  Launched together with Chinese PR agency Flyfinger, Step Up China, headquartered in Beijing will target startups, providing them the comms capabilities to grow their brands. Similar to the Indian version, the venture will provide two service offerings ‘custom packages’ and ‘partnering for growth services’.

Spitter Spatter

MediaWatch-Image29.12.jpgWhen asked about the possibility of AIADMK returning to power the next time, DMDK chief A. Vijaykant reacted rather badly. He spat and shouted at journalists saying they wouldn’t dare pose the same question to CM J. Jayalalithaa. Journalist associations condemned his behavior and demanded an open apology from the DMDK leader. » Following the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Russia, Prasar Bharati and pay-tv programmer Digital Television Russia (DTR) have signed a pact to jointly produce and exchange TV programs and related services. This will also pave the way for potential commercial cooperation in the area of broadcasting. » With the Finance Ministry preparing to present the Budget, most likely on February 29th, a directive has been issued starting media quarantine in the Ministry from January 4th to last till the Budget presentation. Only media persons with an appointment or prior permission will be authorized entry. » TOI, never shy to pass up on an opportunity for self-congratulation, ran a large advert on December 26th taking credit for leading the campaign to lower the age of juveniles for punishment to 16, in the case of heinous crimes.

‘Amblin Partners’

MediaWatch-Image18.12Anil Ambani and Spielberg join hands in partnership. Reliance Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media and Entertainment One (eOne) together create Amblin Partners, a new film, television and digital content-creation company. To be led by Michael Wright as CEO, and Jeff Small as President and COO, the company will also include Amblin Television under its umbrella. Read more about the joint-venture here. » Editor-in-chief of a cable channel in Manipur, Yumnam Rupachandra, recently had a hand-grenade recovered from in front of his residence. To protest this bomb threat and general violence against media, journalists from All Manipur Working  Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editor’s Guild Manipur (EGM) staged a sit-in demonstration at the Keishampat junction. All Imphal dailies, on Wednesday, published blank editorial pages, local cable channels refrained from airing daily news bulletins, and a memorandum was submitted to CM O Ibobi Singh in this regard. » MIB has sought a “factual report” from Prasar Bharati, Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore confirmed. This is after the ministry received representations alleging that some senior DD officials had fabricated documents to get promotions.

Religion Vision

MediaWatch-Image09.12.jpgThe Indian Government’s official public broadcaster – Prasar Bharati seems to have ‘religion vision’ glasses. In a recent tweet when they termed Muslim youths cleaning a flood ravaged temple in Chennai a “rare example of humanity” the twitterati were quick to respond. » An initiative by CNN-IBN and MobiKwik lets Chennai citizens get precious talktime so they stay connected with their loved ones. One SMS – “RECHARGECHENNAI <MobileNumber>” to 51818 or tweet – “<MobileNumber> #RechargeChennai” will get a recharge of Rs. 30 sponsored by MobiKwik. The message is constantly being flashed on CNN-IBN to spread the word. » Comments by Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi terming their court summon in the National Herald case a “political vendetta” were lambasted by Arun Jaitley. “India is not a ‘Banana Republic’ where media or Parliament will decide guilt or innocence… it’s only the court that will decide”, Jaitley said. » According to the 13th EY Capital Confidence Barometre Report, India’s media & entertainment sector reaches the top 5 in the world for investment magnetism. India ranks 4th in the world, behind US, UK, China, ahead of Germany, after investor sentiment seems to have made a significant recovery. EY estimates the Indian M&E sector, worth over $20Bn, will double in five years. » As the phase III digitization deadline approaches, TRAI firmly ruled out any extension. Urban consumers have been urged to get STBs before the year end as TV channels will be unavailable for analog retransmission starting January 1, 2016.

Digital ABC

^97EC5379FF28C9609AC223CD05DCE3D4BDC2F3C566BE36B490^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrThe Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has decided to get on the digital bandwagon by initiating the project of digital media measurement. ABC’s Council of Management believes that digital measurement would complement print measurement in future; this move has also been welcomed as being forward-facing by publishers. Formal announcement and digital measurement plans are expected on September 9th. » Billionaire industrialist, Mukesh Ambani moves to bring his vision, of an integrated mobile and television newsroom, to fruition with the union of Network18 with Reliance Jio. Ambani has a three-pronged strategy for his foray into fourth generation (4G) telecom services – broadband networks, affordable smartphones and the availability of rich content and applications. » Prasar Bharati and Russia’s top pay television broadcaster Digital TV Russia (DTR) have signed an MoU sealing their plans of collaboration on high quality production, marketing and distribution of content related to art, culture, trade and science, research and technology. The MoU will also entail joint production and exchange of TV programmes and related services, which will benefit audiences in both countries.

Yupp it is Zee TV

1560417_739941119403403_21751306961171586_nAtlanta based over-the-top (OTT) media streaming firm – Yupp TV has announced the launch of the repertoire of channels from Zee Entertainment in the Middle East. Yupp will now offer Zee channels like Zee TV Middle East, Zee Cinema International and other Indian language channels of Zee for the ever increasing South Asian demography in the Middle East. In a move that questions the autonomy of Prasar Bharati, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has appointed Veena Jain as the Director General (News) at Doordarshan. Ms Jain will report directly to the MIB and will also oversee its new media wing and social media unit. The move has raised eyebrows as neither Jawhar Sircar (Prasar Bharati CEO) nor A Surya Prakash (Chairperson) was consulted on the matter.