Don’t Angry Arnab

MediaWatch-Image7.6Karnataka MLA Ashok Kheny was on the receiving end of Arnab Goswami’s wrath on public television recently. Arnab called up Kheny to take him to task for using “disgraceful language” with Times Now Mumbai Bureau Chief, Meghna Prasad. He also demanded a public apology from the MLA. Both Goswami and Prasad received much needed appreciation from Twitterati. » A new daily to hit the stands in India’s newest state next month. The second newspaper from Telangana Publications, after Namasthe Telangana, is an English daily called Telangana Today. Former Associate Managing Editor of The Hindu, K Srinivas Reddy has been roped in as Editor. » Business Standard introduces digital subscriptions and a partnership with Wall Street Journal. The opinion section and premium features of Business-Standard.com, including stock tips and industry newsletters, will now be available to subscribers for Rs. 149 per month. The WSJ.com add-on subscription is prized at Rs. 299 per month. Users can login with the same credentials on both websites. » ABC to commence measurement of digital media properties from Q3 2016. The metrics, an outcome of a solution by Neilsen, will measure online text content and include reach, frequency and demographics. The ABC also said that the digital segment “is witnessing the highest year-on-year growth of nearly 30%”. » Read an account on how the largest democracy in the world is turning into the worst place for working scribes.

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Encashing Foreign Praise

MediaWatch-Image24.5.16In an attempt to draw one up against the Indian media, Arvind Kejriwal took to citing foreign publications in which the AAP governance has been praised. The Delhi CM, at a public rally in Panaji, spoke about The Washington Post praising the ‘mohalla’ clinics and the Fortune magazine complimenting the ‘Odd-Even’ traffic scheme in the capital. » Times Now signs up Sky Media as exclusive ad sales partner for its London stint. Tarun Sawhney was also recently onboarded as Country Sales Manager for marketing and sales in the UK market. » Read what Rajen Garabadu, Chief Executive Producer, IBN News Network, had to say about the recent rebranding of CNN-IBN to CNN-News18 here. “The new look aims at providing the viewer a more enhanced viewing experience”, said Garabadu as he went on to explain the rationale behind the new identity – logo and design. » Bihar CM Nitish Kumar fails yet again to uphold his promise to protect the fourth pillar of democracy. In another embarrassing moment for the state government, Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar’s Hemant Yadav was abducted from his home on Sunday for not writing a news report in favor of local contractor, Haji Laddan. Thakur, who was taken to Sadar Hospital where he was beaten up and locked, was rescued by hospital staff. » Public Broadcasters of India (DD) and China (CCTV) to exchange mutual interest programs on the eve of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China. Check out the details of four documentaries to be telecast on DD Bharati here.

Special Cause Special Edition


MediaWatch-Image23.2Celebrating the Make in India initiative, Condé Nast India unveiled
a special magazine at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai last week. Launched by Amitabh Kant, secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and Alex Kuruvilla, MD, Condé Nast India, the 200-page issue features success stories across technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, auto, design, and lifestyle sectors. » The Hoot reports on how Zee TV incited action against JNU students in the sedition case. Disgusted by his channel’s coverage on the matter, where there were more assumptions than facts, more bias than opinion, producer Vishwa Deepak resigned. Deepak questioned the channel’s alliance with the Delhi Police, BJP and RSS. “Due to our biases, we brought the careers, their hopes and aspirations and families of some people to the brink of destruction”, wrote Deepak in his resignation letter. Editor Sudhir Chaudhary brushed it under the carpet stating that people leaving “is a normal affair and it’s the organization’s internal matter.” » The doctored video showing JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar shouting anti-national slogans has sparked a fresh debate. Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire and Arnab Goswami of Times Now are both holding ground on opposite sides. While Goswami maintains Times Now did not telecast the fake video directly and cannot be held responsible, Varadarajan demands action against all mediapersons peddling ‘forged’ evidence.

Insight Into Arnab

MediaWatch-Image04.02.16On the occasion of Times Now completing a decade, Arnab Goswami spoke to afaqs! about his learnings and experience. Goswami believes it’s all about conviction in the business of television news, “viewers respond to impactful stories and there is no complicated science to it”. » Star India retains its exclusive broadcaster role for the English Premier League. Viewers will be able to watch the next three seasons of EPL on Star Sports channels as well as Hotstar and starsports.com. “This partnership is key in our strategy of promoting football as a priority sport in the country,” said Sanjay Gupta, COO, Star India. » Read how SC’s ruling in favour of Red FM impacts Sun TV in the long term. » IIMC’s alumni association strongly condemned and demanded swift investigation into the attack on TV journalist Kishan Barai. Barai was attacked during a press conference in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, the culprits are unidentified.

Marking A Decade

Trending-Image1.02.2016English News channel Times Now has completed 10 years in the news media industry. Launched with the intention of changing the rules of the news reporting business, the channel and Arnab Goswami have done exactly that in a relentless and unapologetically opinionated manner. Have a look at what makes the channel tick, directly from the horse’s mouth. » Shashi Tharoor and Anupam Kher were caught in a Twitter spat over the veteran Bolloywood actor’s comments that he is scared to openly say that he’s Hindu. However, Tharoor’s response to the comment was not taken well by the actor as he went on to call the Congress leader a “Congi Chamcha”. » Almost 80 products are waiting to be unveiled at the Auto Expo starting this week. At a time when the policy road map looks uncertain with authorities targeting the auto industry for increasing air pollution in the cities, manufacturers are hoping that the new models will cause a splurge in the market. » An Egyptian cartoonist, Islam Gaweesh has been arrested for running a webpage without a license. Appearing to be a part of an intensive clampdown on activists and journalists; Gaweesh has been charged for “publishing drawings which are offensive to the regime”. His work has often being viewed as critical of government figures while also involving mundanities of life in Egypt.

The Noise Hour

MediaWatch-Image08.01.16.jpg“Fox News on steroids”, yes that’s how The Newshour on TImes Now with Arnab Goswami has been described by Vice. Oscar Rickett also likened Arnab to the loudest shouting head to rule the other shouting heads. “The Newshour provides the potent illusion of democracy”, he added. » Taking a cue from India’s appalling 117th position on UN’s Global Happiness Index, media specialists Pradyuman Maheshwari and Sorbojeet Chatterjee have launched HappPost. Aimed at fulfilling the readers’ unsaid need for positive news over screaming headlines and shouting reporters, Happ Post will look at daily news with a ‘sunshine’ lens. Download the curated news native app, available for both Android and iOS, for your daily dose of happy. » NDTV in collaboration with TCS began the Nobel Solutions Summit in the capital yesterday. The summit brings Nobel laurates from around the globe at a single platform to discuss major challenges facing India and the world today. The first of the panel discussions talked about ‘Internet: democratic or dangerous?’ Read what the celebrated few had to say. » The number of channels who have signed up for BARC India’s watermarking technology has crossed the 400 mark. Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India termed it an “achievement in the short span of time since their launch” and appreciated the India team’s efforts in meeting this target. 195 of the 429 subscriber base are ‘All India’ channels and HSM (Hindi Speaking Market) channels.

And The Winner Is…

MediaWatch-Image4.1The final winners of 2015 have been revealed as BARC Ratings week 51 data rolled in. Times Now, Aaj Tak and ET Now held the top spot in English News, Hindi News and Business News genres respectively. » Meanwhile another news channel from India – News18 India seems to be making waves overseas. In a poll conducted in UK by BizAsiaLive.com, News18 India took the biggest slice of the pie with 37% votes beating biggies like ARY News. » According to the recently updated list of towns to be covered by DAS phase III, MIB has reduced the number of towns & cities to be covered to 33,358,571 from 38,799,094. The most significant cut comes from West Bengal with 250 towns being dropped from the new list. » Veteran Marathi journalist Nikhil Wagle is at the helm of newly launched news channel – Maharastra1. The channel is determined to make a big impact from day one and reach every single Marathi speaking household, as Wagle understands the pulse of the Marathi viewer like no other. With Sanjay Sharma as CEO and highly experienced at top positions, Maharashtra1 seems to be a sure win for Sharp Advertising Pvt. Ltd. » Young reporter, Amit Dwivedi along with Akshay K. R. Singh has founded ‘farrata.com’ an automobile news portal in Hindi. Amit, previously associated with Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, Hindustan and Network18, is credited for launching the Hindi edition of Network18’s English auto magazine – ‘Overdrive’ in Mumbai. Singh runs an IT firm called Webera. The news portal will have various sections like car and bike reviews, farrata news, and travelogue.