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MediaMove1Times Internet promotes Gautam Sinha as CEO. He was earlier the COO and CTO at Times Internet, Director, Technology & CTO at Times Group, COO/ CTO at CashEdge Inc., Senior Engineering Manager at Aspect Telecommunications, and Senior Software Engineer at Neural Applications Corporation. He also served Defence Research and Development Organisation as Scientist C. Gurgaon based Gautam can be reached @gsinha.
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» Shadma Shaikh joins The Economic Times as Correspondent. Congrats Shadma! She was previously with Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. as Business Reporter also covering Technology, Accenture as Senior Programmer, and KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd. as Technical Engineer. Bangalore based avid reader and music lover can be reached @ShadmaShaikh.

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MoversShakers-Image15.3Congrats to Gaurav Laghate who joins The Economic Times as Special Correspondent tracking Indian media and entertainment industry. He previously worked with TelevisionPost.com, Business Standard, and Indian Television. Mumbai based avid reader and social media monger, Gaurav can be reached @gauravlaghateET. » Amrit Raj is promoted to Corporate Editor at HT Mint. He earlier worked with HT Mint as Staff Writer and Deccan Chronicle as Sub Editor Cum Correspondent. New Delhi based Sports & Automobile fanatic tweets @amrit_jha. » Mrinal Kanti Dhara joins Times Internet as General Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions. His previous stints were with HCL, Deutsche Bank,and Essar Group. Delhi based Mrinal can be reached @Mrinal_Dhara.

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MoversShakers1Sunil Dhawan starts his new innings with Times Internet as Assistant Editor. He has had previous stints with BW Wealth – Businessworld as its Associate Editor and Outlook Money as Deputy Editor – covering the financial services industry with a focus on life and health insurance, home loans, financial planning, personal taxation as well as mutual funds. Connect with this Noida based journalist @dhawansunil.

» Shashi Bhushan Kumar embarks on a new endeavor, joining Indo-Asian News Service as Chief Sub Editor, covering the business, health and science sectors. Earlier with Dainik Jagran and Punjab Kesari as Senior Sub Editor, he also worked at Business Standard as a Sub Editor/Reporter. Connect with Noida based Shashi @shashibhushan3.

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MoversShakers3Ayushman Baruah has moved to Businessworld as its new Associate Editor. He was formerly with MetricStream as Manager- PR & Media, Congencis as Senior Correspondent, InformationWeek as Principal Correspondent, and Financial Express as Senior Reporter. He has won PoleStar Award for excellence in journalism in 2013. Bangalore based blogger at ‘Beyond bylines’ can be reached @ayushmanb.
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» Sajjan Singh Thakur starts his new innings with Times Internet as Deputy News Editor. Previously he worked with MSN International Markets as Senior Associate Editor, India Today Group (digital) as Senior Assistant Editor, BAG Convergence as Deputy Editor, Mail Today (digital) as News Editor, and HT Media Ltd. as Chief Copy Editor – Deputy News Editor. Delhi based Sajjan blogs at ‘Death of a million hopes’ and can be reached @sstjournalist.

Zee All The Way

sdsadasdadZee Digital Convergence launched OZEE, a video on demand platform. Available both on Android and iOS, the OZEE app is focused on the 18-24 year olds who seek ‘entertainment now’. Check the list of available shows here. » Zee Media Corporation is acquiring 80% stake in India Today group’s loss-making ecommerce and TV shopping entities. With infrastructure development in progress for a TV shopping channel and complementary website, Today Merchandise Pvt Ltd (TMPL) and Today Retail Network Pvt Ltd (TRNL) will be a good fit in the Zee bouquet. » Meanwhile speculations are rife about Zee taking the load off Ambani by acquiring stake in his media business, RBNL. Here’s why Zee, earlier trying to enter the radio business with Radio City, will see a synergy with RBNL’s Big FM. » Investopedia, popular financial content brand, is partnering with Times Internet. Aimed at curating a blend of local and international content, this partnership will utilize TIL’s readership to grow the Investopedia amongst the Indian audience both on desktop and mobile. » Read how industry bigwigs interpret the Union Budget 2016 and what it means for the Media & Entertainment sector here.

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MoversShakers-Image16.2.2016Times Internet appoints its new Deputy Editor, Nandini Sanyal. She was previously associated with Businessworld online, Thomson Reuters, Livemint, Business Standard, and The Economic Times. Noida based Nandini can be reached @nandini8. » Shuchi Srivastava joins Asianet News as Business Editor. Bangalore based Shuchi has earlier worked with The Economic Times, Bloomberg TV India, Outlook  Publishing, and The Asian Age.

Time For A Viral Shot

MediaWatch-Image12.1.16.jpgGurgaon based micro-content app, Viral Shots has been acquired by Times Internet for an undisclosed amount. Miten Sampat, VP Corporate Development, Times Internet said the acquisition “fit into their goal of providing readers an innovative content experience.” Viral Shots, having a massive engagement with its audience, curates stories from over 300 social and web destinations in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Telugu. » A report titled ‘Kalavathi’, alleging that expired medicines were being administered in government hospitals of Puducherry, earned Tamil weekly Namadhu Manasatchi a criminal sedition case against them. The UT Government justified their charges claiming the news report created panic. Considering the gravity of the matter, Press Council of India has given Puducherry Government two weeks to furnish its fact report on the case. » With the exception of DainikBhaskar.com, all newspapers seem to have turned a deaf ear to MP Sadhvi Prachi’s controversial statement in Lucknow on January 6th. Following the Pathankot attacks, she suggested investigating Muslim officers in the Indian Army for possible links to Pakistan.