Musical chairs at TV Today Network! Top level restructuring seen in past few days has meant changes for many. Rahul Kumar Shaw has become the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) for the network. Manoj Sharma has stepped in a new role of Publishing Director for Living Media. Vivek Malhotra has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer from VP marketing. And Rajnish Rikhy has stepped down as Chief Revenue Officer of the Hindi channels (Aaj Tak, Delhi Aaj Tak, and Tez). » Wrik Sen makes a move to Trivone Digital Services, a Content Marketing and Digital Media agency as Senior Correspondent. He works for Trivone’s three offerings – techtree.com, CXOtoday, and Channel Times. He had his previous innings with Communicators India, Dot Communications, Perfect Relations, Instamedia, I Media Corporation Ltd. (Dainik Bhaskar’s online division), and Betaout. He was also a freelance content writer with Business for all Magazine, CEO Lifestyle Magazine, Hometone, and Bornrich. New Delhi based blogger at ‘Sen’s Bucket’ can be reached @wriksen.
TV Today Network’s Managing Editor, Vinay Tewari steps down. Rahul Kanwal and Supriya Prasad to take over Vinay’s responsibilities. Rahul Kanwal @rahulkanwal, as Managing Editor, will supervise Input Functions whereas Supriya Prasad @supriyapd, will lead Output Functions of all 4 channels as Managing Editor. Vinay was associated with TV Today since 2002 as Metro Editor and Senior Producer and later as Managing Editor of CNN IBN & IBN7 and India Today Television. He had his previous spells at The Pioneer as Staff Reporter and The Times of India as Deputy Metro Editor. New Delhi based Vinay can be reached @vintew. » Sanam Mirchandani joins The Economic Times as Senior Correspondent covering stock markets. She was previously associated with Cogencis Information Services Ltd. as Correspondent, Bloomberg TV India as Input Desk Manager. She interned with Navbharat Times and later worked as a Freelancer with the newspaper. Mumbai based Sanam is an avid photographer and painter and she tweets @sanam_ET.
Congrats to Kalli Purie Bhandal for being appointed as Whole Time Director at TV Today Network. She will serve the company for a period of five years till 7 February, 2021. Previously she was associated with Aaj Tak, India Today, Headlines Today, Cosmopolitan India, Men’s Health, Business Today, Wonder Woman, and Oye 104.8 FM. » Yash Daiv joins Pune Mirror – Times Group as Copy Editor. His previous stints were with Sakal Times as Sub-Editor, and ‘Plus’ supplement – The Times of India as Freelance writer, where he covered education and other youth centric stories. Blogger at ‘Hovering Vision’ can be reached @yash_daiv.
Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA), a completely crowd-sourced digital media platform for the youth to address some of the world’s most pressing issues through opinions and reportage has raised Rs. 4 crore investment from Raghav Bahl & Ritu Kapur led Quintillion Media. “They have managed to carve a niche for themselves in the digital media space. We find their content to be high on both appeal as well as quality, which is a fine balance to strike”, said Ritu Kapur about YKA. » Entries are now open for the Annual Awards for Journalists Reporting on Humanitarian Issues. Organized by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in association with Press Institute of India (PII) the awards are an effort to recognize the work of Indian journalists in the field of humanitarian reporting. This year’s theme is ‘Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Natural/Man-Made Disasters’. Further details can be found here. » Kudos to TV Today Network’s Hindi channel Aaj Tak for bagging the prestigious Indian Television Academy (ITA) Scroll of Honour (Media) at the ITA Milestones Award 2015. Honoured for the 15th time in a row for popularity and journalistic excellence, the award adds to the numerous laurels in Aaj Tak’s bag.
The addition of video bulletins gives Trinity Mirror a clear ratings advantage as it records a 59% increase in annual traffic in June, overtaking The Telegraph to become the third largest national newspaper website. Click here for the full report. » Its monsoon season and the lawyers will be having a field day as media houses sweat it out in courtrooms. The News Minute cites five battles including: TV Today Network vs. Radio City; Dushyant Singh vs. Times Now; and now The Caravan Magazine vs. Essar. » BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of a new Premium Factual channel BBC Earth in Asia. The channel will boast content ranging from natural history and the human world to outer space and science. » After a long drawn battle, the Madras HC has allowed Sun Television Network’s radio channels to participate in the FM Radio Phase-III channel auction on Monday. “The court has come to a prime facie view that mere pendency of a criminal case might not operate as a disqualification case unless they are convicted,” said PS Raman, Senior Counsel, Sun Group.
Flexing its muscles, TV Today Network, which runs channels like India Today and Aaj Tak, has filed a defamation suit against Jagaran Prakashan’s Radio City 91.1 FM for Rs 100 crore. AFAQs reports that the case was filed in the Bombay High Court on July 7 for airing defamatory remarks against the TV Today Network and its Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai. » Entertainment Network (India) Limited (ENIL) is jumping with joy (the parent body of Radio Mirchi) as the company received clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to purchase Oye FM’s four radio stations in Amritsar, Jodhpur, Patiala and Shimla. Exchange4 media writes that Radio Mirchi’s real interest would have been the licenses in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. However, Phase II laws do not allow operators to have multiple frequencies in the same city. » Lookout for Mashable’s Velocity in-house predictive social analytics tool which dominates the editorial thinking in the newsroom. Velocity was built “to not only offer a curation tool for what’s interesting right now but to actually anticipate what would be interesting to a wide array of readers”, Haile Owusu, chief data scientist at Mashable told Journalism.co.uk.
The Deccan Chronicle newspaper is squaring up with the Times Group. The paper reported that the Times Group wants to ‘manage’ a Rs. 70 crore event for Andhra Pradesh in a bid that has “aroused a lot of curiosity and criticism”. The report takes a dig at Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami who has previously taken on Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the past questioning his spending on renovating his official and personal residences and on chopper rides. » In what seems to be a logical and brave move to manage business productivity and the menace of the mobile phone, Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited (ZEEL) has extended its mobile phone ban to all offices in the Group. The move is to focus employee productivity and not have to face minute by minute interruptions from apps and social media messaging tools. Employees across the Group are not happy – this is not the end of the matter, watch this space! » Media firm TV Today Network today said that its board has approved to increase the foreign investment limit in the company up to 26 per cent. Presently, the government allows up to 26 per cent FDI and investment by NRIs, PIOs, FIIs and FPIs in any firm which publishes newspaper and periodicals dealing with news and current affairs.