AIB – Association for International Broadcasting
In the hunt for ratings can truth survive? Does the desire for fast-moving stories exclude slow burn stories like climate change?
Senior Journalist & Advisor, Mass Communication Department
Prestige Institute of Management & Research, Indore
"Media massages the message &TRP is the sole TRUMPet today."
Time and taste of viewers are indicating that news broadcast industry has to change gear and direction to make the society more responsible and government more accountable.
Ex - Director General
All India Radio & Doordarshan
"News is not views, neither opinion-mongering. Viewers look for facts, information in a news broadcast, not coloured opinion. Should a news channel run after TRP at the cost of losing its credibility?"
Junior Anand Gupta
Founder SHE & Ninja Girl Bags
CEO - Homespice Decor
"News reporting should dig to the real story beneath the surface and give accurate information to the viewer"
MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Mr. Punit Goenka, a young and dynamic professional with a strong entrepreneurial background, started
his career with Essel Group, a vibrant conglomerate with diversified business interests in media &
entertainment, infrastructure, and other leading sectors. Being the Managing Director and Chief
Executive Office of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Punit has been extremely successful in enhancing
the company’s performance and in driving the company towards its set goals.
Under his leadership, ZEE has achieved scores of milestones and prestigious awards, elevating the brand
to a global cadre. Dun & Bradstreet – Rolta Corporate Award, BusinessworldInfocom ICT Award, IMC
Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s
tenure. His futuristic vision and sharp acumen in the new media domain, has led the company to a
global stature today. Punit is also responsible for expanding the company’s international presence
across 171 countries, and its reach to over 1 billion viewers.
Punit is also listed amongst the top 100 CEOs of India, in a study published by Business Today. He has
also received the prestigious Economic Times ’40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award
and has bagged the prestigious IAA Leadership Award under the category of “Media Person of the Year
Award”. Punit has been awarded the esteemed Medaille d’Honneur Award at MIPTV and has been
recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. For his
immense contribution to the media and entertainment industry, Punit has also been felicitated as the
“Impact Person of the Year”.
Managing Director, Star India
A post graduate from IIM Calcutta, he brings in more than 20 years of experience across various aspects of marketing and sales in major consumer industries. Prior to Star, Sanjay was the Chief Marketing Officer with Bharti Airtel where he was instrumental in driving marketing, sales and distribution for the $6 bn mobile business. Before Bharti, he was with Hindustan Unilever where he drove marketing for two of its largest segments; Oral care and Home care and worked with powerful consumer brands like Close-up, Pepsodent, Wheel, Vim and Domex at HUL.
Sanjay had been Star Network’s Chief Operating Officer from 2009 and its Managing Director from 2016. He oversees the operations of its portfolio of over 25 channels and its movies business, Fox Star Studios, which is jointly owned by Star India and 21st Century Fox. Sanjay has been a primary driver of Star’s growth story by exploring new content genres, introducing multiple platforms for content delivery and expanding the portfolio of channels. He brought in a fresh perspective to Hindi General Entertainment, when he led the refresh of Star Plus brand identity. He has been instrumental in expanding traditional television content to digital platforms through Hotstar and StarSports.com, spearheading the growth of HD channels and creating India’s first media company with a completely digitized back end. He has been deeply involved in key milestones for the sports business: rebranding of the Star Sports portfolio, sports content acquisition and re-invention of a range of new sports to the country through the launch of domestic leagues like Pro Kabaddi League.
He thrives on the changing and challenging dynamics of the media business and is constantly on the look-out for the next big leap for Star, which will set the benchmark for the industry. He is married to Ruchi. Their son Aman; is 17 years old.
Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore
Hon’ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India
Chairperson & Managing Director
B.A.G Films & Media Ltd.
Chairperson & Managing Director, B.A.G Films & Media Ltd.
Anurradha Prasad is one of the most eminent and successful media personalities of India who runs a 360 degree media empire ranging from 24-hour news channel to entertainment channel, media school, radio network, production house for serials and India’s first e-newspaper. Anurradha has emerged as a visionary in TV industry and is credited with many firsts – projects and programmes that caused a paradigm shift in the news industry, prompting others to follow the models created by her.
After her Master’s in Political Science from the Delhi University, Anurradha joined a popular business magazine. Having discovered journalism as her forte, she worked in different capacities in the television medium, mastering the skills on camera as well as behind the camera.
In 1993, Anurradha launched her media company, B.A.G Films and Media Ltd, which gave the television industry several path-breaking programmes. One of the finest examples is Rubaru, an interview-based programme started in 1995 that showcased unknown facets of the guest’s personality. Telecast on Zee TV, at a time when no news channels existed, this format was first of its kind on Indian television: The never-seen visuals of the celebrity, coupled with the sharp and racy interview, made the content immensely rich. The selection of the guests on the show – from Sonia Gandhi to the late Benazir Bhutto, Amitabh Bachchan, Nawaz Sharif, Atal Behari Vajpayee, the late Bal Thackeray and Shah Rukh Khan – was even richer.
A few years later came Sansani on Star News, a news-based crime show which topped the charts instantly because of its unique presentation. Sansani’s stupendous success quickly prompted all the other news channels to copy the programme format. Red Alert on Star News was also a hugely successful crime show.
Another programme to roll out from Anurradha’s stable was Poll Khol on Star News, a satirical presentation of political news which was a landmark in breaking the drudgery of television news. Many news channels made satire and comedy an important part of their menu following the success of Poll Khol. Rozana on Doordharshan was another example of rich formatting of a news show.
Apart from news programmes, B.A.G Network has given entertainment blockbusters on small screen like Kumkum, Khul Ja Sim Sim, Star Vivaah and Mitwa on Star Plus, Madhubala on Colors (which is presently running), Sidhant on Star One and Har Dil Jo Love Karega on Zoom.
In 2007, Anurradha launched her umbrella brand, Broadcast 24, marking her foray into 24-hour news and entertainment. Launched in 2007, News 24 is the fastest growing 24-hour news channel today. The next year, she launched Bollywood’s first news channel, E24. She also launched a hugely successful 24-hour radio network, Dhamaal 24, which reaches out to listeners across the country.
For aspiring media professionals, Anurradha launched ISOMES - International School of Media and Entertainment Studies. The school trains the media professionals of tomorrow keeping in mind the paradigm shift in the media industry and the changed expectations of the viewers.
Having built a media empire of her own has not stopped Anurradha from producing successful shows for other stations. Her production house Studio 24 was established for this.
With the changing times and generational shift, she launched B.A.G Convergence, a company that is making rapid strides in the world of New Media. In April this year, she launched India’s first epaper, E Newspaper of India, a product specifically designed for the ever-growing tribe of e-readers.
Anurradha has won numerous awards and accolades over several years for her long contribution to Indian Television. Recently, she was honoured with the Hall of the Fame Award from Indian Television for her contribution to the world of media and entertainment. As member of Entertainment Committee of FICCI and CII, executive member of Film Producers’ Guild of India, and as one of the board members of Uttaranchal Film Development Council, she continues to play an important role in the entertainment world.
Anurradha has many awards and accolades to her credit; she has been recently conferred with “Hari Dutt Sharma Puruskar” by hon’ble vice president of India for her contribution and excellence in media industry. She has also been included twice consecutively in Impact’s 50 most influential women in Media. She is an avid reader and music lover. Spending time with her family and dear ones is her idea of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Former Editor-in-Chief, Maharashtra1
Journalist, Former Editor-in-Chief, Maharashtra1
Nikhil Wagle is a journalist from the Indian state of Maharashtra. He started his media career in 1977 as a freelance reporter. He later joined Dinank, a Marathi newsweekly, in Mumbai.
In 1979, when the editor of Dinank resigned, the publisher asked 19-year-old Wagle to become the Managing Editor. Wagle later became the Editor-In-Chief of Dinank. In 1982, he started his own publishing house and started a new magazine called Akshar. In 1983, he started a sports magazine Shatkar with Sandeep Patil as editor. In 1985, he started a film magazine Chanderi, which was first edited by Rohini Hattangadi and then by Gautam Rajadhyaksha. He also published some Gujarati language magazines. Wagle started anchoring in 1989. After doing shows for Doordarshan, he turned a socio-political commentator and worked in various private channels. He was also the anchor of the talk show Amne Samne.
In 1990, he established the Marathi and Hindi newspaper Mahanagar. He also served as the editor of the Marathi version of the newspaper (Aapla Mahanagar). He became a noted critic of the political party Shiv Sena and its chief Bal Thackeray. Wagle also brought out more than 80 books in the capacity of a publisher.
In mid-2000s, Wagle joined the Network 18 group and became the Editor-In-Chief of IBN Lokmat, a Marathi news channel. He received the Sanskriti Award as a member of the IBN-Lokmat editorial team. A new 24 hour Marathi News channel i.e Maharashtra1,is was launched with veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle as the Editor-in-Chief. The channel officially started its broadcast from January 1, 2016.
Editor-in-Chief & Founder
Editor-in-Chief & Founder, GoNews
Pankaj is presently the Editor-in-Chief & Founder of GoNews. He is a print and broadcast journalist with more than three decades of editorial and management experience in print and electronic media across three continents. He has worked in Delhi, London, Boston and Hong Kong with leading news organisations such as NDTV, BBC (UK), Public Radio International (US), India Today (India and UK), The Sunday Observer and The Patriot. His espousal of free, secular and progressive journalism as a reporter, TV anchor and editor based in South-East Asia, Europe, the United States and India has won him several national and international journalism awards.
For over two years, he worked as the Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, assisting his office in managing national and international media. During his tenure with the Prime Minister’s Office, he has designed and executed media strategy across various platforms for international events like the G20 Summits, ASEAN Summit, BRICS Summits, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Nuclear Security Summit, NAM Summit and BIMSTEC meeting of Heads of Nations besides Bilateral Summits with the US, China, Russia, Germany, Brazil, UK and Iran among other countries.
He has a wide knowledge of one of the most robust media environment in the world and understanding of the challenges and complexities of economic and social transformation of this sector. He has been speaking at several eminent institutions like Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, IIT-B,IIM-C and IIT-D on media and communications. He has also been a member on the Governing Councils of Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Jamia Millia Islamia's MCRC.
Managing Editor, India News
Rana Yashwant is managing editor at one of the top hindi news channels of the country - India
News. He also hosts two shows - Ardhsatya and Sangharsh which are
known for their rich content and depth. Both shows are widely appreciated for
their connect to common man and the way yashwant handles it in a very unbiased
way. Yashwant is known for shaping up news channel and his brilliant
understanding of news as well. As a leader he insists on Innovation,
experimentation and ideation while delivering news. During Bihar elections 2015
he travelled throughout the state and made the country understand exact mood of
the state. Yashwant has a deep interest in literature, art and culture. His
collection of poems - Andheri Gali Ka Chand is about
to be published.
Rana Yashwant has more than 19
years of experience in media. He had started his career with Zee News in year
1997. After five year (1997-2002) working there, he moved to Aajtak and worked
there for nine years (2002-2011) and played a vital role in making the channel
a great success. Later on he joined Mahua Newsline as Group Editor(2011-2013).
In year 2013 he joined India News as Group Managing Editor.
Awards and Achievements : Rana
Yashwant has recently been awarded prestigious awards WHRPA ” Bharat
Gaurav Samman” 2016 and REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship & Award 2015-16 . He has
been bestowed upon with prestigious RedInk
award for his show Ardhsatya ( 2016 ) and Rajiv
Gandhi Global Excellence Award for
outstanding Hindi Journalism ( 2012). He has bagged Bharatiya
Manvadhikar Samman also for Ardhsatya. For the best managing editor he has been
honoured with NAI samman ( 2014) and NBC
award ( 2014). In the year of 2012 his home district made him pround
by giving Saran Gaurav Samman.
Early Life & Education
Rana Yashwant was born on 29 September 1974 in Rampur Kallan village of Chapra
district in Bihar. He had finished his primary education from the village.
After that he moved to Patna for his higher studies. He graduated from Banaras
Hindu Vishwavidhyalaya and received a post graduation diploma in Journalism
from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (1996-97).
Journalist, Editor & Political Commentator
Founder & Director, Algebra
Journalist, Editor & Political Commentator, Founder & Director, Algebra
Shoma Chaudhury is an award-winning journalist, editor, and political commentator. In 2011, Newsweek in the US picked her as one of 150 power women "who shake the world”. Among a slew of other journalistic accolades, she has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Mumbai Press Club award for political journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for -- in the words of the citation -- "going where angels fear to tread”.
Shoma has been the managing editor and one of the founders of Tehelka, an investigative public interest newsmagazine. She was also the founder and editor-in-chief of CatchNews, a digital newsplatform. She is currently founder and director of Algebra - the Arts and Ideas Club, a unique new forum for critical conversation, constructed to spark new ideas and challenge perspectives.
Apart from her career in print journalism, Shoma is a virtuoso speaker, both on television and stage, and has been invited to address many forums both in India and abroad, including America, Britain, Edinburgh, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. She has also interviewed the most cutting edge minds globally on politics, policy, business, science, civil society, cinema, literature, sports and media.
Shoma also co-founded and was director of THiNK, a trend-setting conference of ideas.
Managing Editor, NDTV
Sreenivasan been associated with NDTV since 1995, reporting on virtually every major national and international story, as well as anchoring prime time news shows like Star News Sunday, the 9pm News, and Witness. He specializes in reportage on national politics, political economy and investigations. He has covered the Afghanistan war, the Sri Lanka conflict, and the US Presidential elections. From 2003-2011, he was heading NDTV’s operations in Mumbai, where he made a mark for his coverage of the 26/11 terrorist attack on the city.
Sreenivasan has received numerous national and international awards including the Ramnath Goenka Award, the Indian Television Academy Award, and the World Silver Medal at the New York Festivals.
Currently he reports and presents Truth vs Hype on NDTV 24x7, a ground – zero reportage based news documentary, and Power of One on NDTV Profit, where he interviews key political, government and business leaders.