Alan QuartlySouth Asia Bureau Editor, BBC News
Alan Quartly is the South Asia Bureau Editor for BBC News. He is based in New Delhi and is responsible for BBC News coverage across India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
He began his career working as a producer for Worldwide Television News and Associated Press Television News.
Quartly began working for the BBC in 2000 when he was hired as a producer for the Moscow bureau to cover news from across the region and abroad including the conflicts in the North Caucasus and the Gujarat earthquake.
He was part of the first BBC team to cross into Afghanistan in 2001 and spent much of the autumn of that year covering the campaign to oust the Taliban.
In 2004 he served as Europe producer for the BBC's Brussels Bureau, covering the EU and major news stories across Europe.
Quartly was appointed Bureau Editor in Moscow in 2005. During that time he covered the Russia-Georgia war and was assigned temporarily to East Asia, to lead BBC coverage of the 'Red Shirt' protests in Thailand.
Anurradha PrasadChairperson cum Managing Director, B.A.G. Films & Media Ltd
Anurradha Prasad is the Chairperson cum Managing Director of the prestigious 360 degree media company B.A.G. Films & Media Ltd. From a young journalist to one of the most recognizable media personalities in the country- Anurradha has traced a successful journey in her two decade long career.
After completing a Master's degree in Political Science from Delhi University Anurradha Prasad ventured into the media industry with an assignment in a popular business magazine. Having discovered a flair for media and journalism here, Anurradha went on to work in many different positions in the industry, writing, producing and working both behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. Soon she decided to create television programs that she strongly believed in by starting out on her own. The year 1993, saw Anurradha launch B.A.G Films & Media Ltd (then known as B.A.G Films Ltd), her own production house where she created memorable programmes like Poll Khol, Red Alert and Sansani on Star News, Kumkum and Khullja Sim-Sim on Star Plus, Sidhhant on Star One, Dahhej on 9X, Ek Thi Rajkumari on Zee Next, Har Dil Jo Love Karega on Zoom, Sapno ke bhanwar mein on Life ok, Madhubala on Colors Tv, Rozana and Khabrein Bollywood Ki on Doordarshan.
In 2007, Anurradha launched an umbrella brand Broadcast 24 under which she launched 'News 24'; a 24-hour News channel that is today the fastest growing Hindi news channel in the country. In March 2008, under the same brand she launched India's first Bollywood news channel E 24. Anurradha heads a successful radio network Dhamaal 24- a 24-hour radio network on air now at 9 stations across the country. Besides this, she continues to run the very successful production arm of B.A.G. Films Studio 24. She also reaches out to aspiring media professionals with The International School of Media and Entertainment Studies (iSOMEs), a school dedicated to teach and train media professionals of tomorrow. She has kept pace with technology and has her channels present on cyber space through her web network B.A.G. Convergence. With all this and her forthcoming ventures, Anurradha has led B.A.G Films & Media Ltd to become a 360 degree Media Company recognised as a prestigious media company in India.
Anurradha has kept pace with changing times and technologies. She shares aspects of her life with her audiences and well wishers on www.anurradhaprasad.com, appreciates and interacts with them through her website.
For her immense contribution to Indian Television, Anurradha has won accolades and awards over the years. She is a member of CII and FICCI Entertainment Committee. She is on the board of Uttaranchal Film Development Council, and is an executive member of Film Producers Guild of India. Anurradha is an avid reader and a music lover. Spending time with her family and loved ones makes for idea of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Ashok VenkatramaniCEO, MCCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.
A mechanical engineer from Mumbai and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, Ashok started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, working on the foods and personal care side of the business in sales, marketing and general mgmt roles. He was the Vice President and Business Head - skincare for Unilever in India before moving into his current role of the CEO - MCCS – An Ananda Bazaar Patrika company.
He is also a Treasurer and Director on the board of the News Broadcasters Association and chairs their HR and Sales Sub committees .
Atul PhadnisFounder, Chief Executive, What's-On-India
Atul Phadnis is Founder, Chief Executive at What's-On-India and is also currently in an Entrepreneurial venture in partnership with INTEL Capital,Sequoia,Capital & Nexus VP to create India's largest Consumer TV Search and EPG powerhouse in a swiftly transforming and digitalizing TV industry environment.Atul has also served as Vice President of TAM Media Research.He Launched and headed the S-Group (Strategic consulting arm for TAM India). Also headed ADEX India, a division of TAM since 2002 and the country's largest media revenue monitoring service.In 2000 he has also served as Media Director at Starcom Worldwide where he Straddled two parallel roles . Strategic Planning , Launched and Headed Starcom Digital. Atul was also associated with Mindshare as Senior Strategy Planner and Media Planner with Colgate Palmolive Group.
Barun DasCEO, Zee News Ltd
Barun Das, CEO of Zee news is a B-tech from IIT-Madras and postgraduate from IIM-Calcutta and an alumnus of London School of Economics. He has held various positions at senior management levels in leading companies like MCCS Ltd, Astro All Asia Networks PLC, India Today Group, ABP Group Etc.
Barun Das joined Zee News Ltd in 2008, as the youngest CEO. Innovation, operational efficiencies and pragmatism are the hallmarks of his approach towards running a successful business. Mr. Barun Das has also served as Executive Vice President in MCCS. He Also worked with Astro Asia Networks in Kuala Lampur, where he was responsible for international business development. He is also the founding member and Vice President of News Broadcasters Association (NBA),a prestigious body of news channels in India. His rich experience includes areas like Cross Country Operations, Equity Transactions and international business development, both in India and abroad. An ex-National junior Bridge player, Barun actively pursues his interest in golf, tennis and badminton.
B V RaoEditor Governence Now
B V Rao is a journalism dinosaur with 26 years in the profession. Currently he is Editor of Governance Now, a fortnightly print and a online publication. He has worked in very senior positions in print, broadcast and web. He has done the monthlies, fortnightlies, the weeklies and the dailies. He has done the tabloids and the broadsheets. So also the morningers and the eveningers. Additionally, he maintains a blog that keeps a vigil on the quality of content in the media, media ethics and issues that confront the profession.
Chetan SharmaIndian Business Journalist
Anchoring niche TV programs dealing with emerging trends & opinions . Forte lies in hi profile interviews & in depth analysis. Hosting business conferences and moderating panel discussions. Senior counsel to large corporates across functions & skills Expertise in developing opinion led articles for online & print consumption. Conceptualizing creative platforms to engage with internal & external audiences. Chetan Sharma is a senior Indian television journalist & management consultant.
Widely regarded as a thinker and implementer he has extensive experiences as:
A moderator for high-end panel discussions, theme based conferences & internal restructuring seminars of companies. Reputed as highly effective, Chetan has natural wit and spontaneity that acts as a catalyst with audiences. Speaker in public forums, global corporate meetings, brain storming symposiums, strategy development meets, management off sites & corporate training/orientation programs. A mine of global knowledge, across finance, economy & business trends, Chetan develops expert opinions on industry & economic issues. A trusted advisor on management & media, he works closely with corporates to educate & train employees across a spectrum of functions and skills. Creating innovative platforms to engage with internal & external stakeholders. In the various roles that Chetan has undertaken he has used his deep knowledge and understanding of the Indian economy, financial landscape, management practices, industry & business trends to create step-by-step approach for developing innovative capability and putting new ideas into practice. A serial entrepreneur, Chetan runs 3 separate advisories in media consulting, Public Relations and finance & market research. He runs a bilateral trade publication, a company that sets up radio stations. He is a regular columnist on business, economic and public affairs. Besides he is working on 2 novels .
Jawhar SircarCEO, Prasar Bharati
Jawhar Sircar is an Indian civil servant of 37 years experience and is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, Broadcasting Corporation of India, that supervises the two national public service broadcasting networks of India, namely, All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD).
He has been Secretary in the Government of India (Ministry of Culture) from November 2008 to February 2012 and was responsible for introducing several new schemes and reforms in the culture sector. He was awarded the first ever British Museum Medal for piloting museum reforms in the country. Prior to this he has handled different portfolios in finance and industry for almost 18 years, both in the Federal Government and in the State of West Bengal. He was the moving force behind setting up the Kolkata (Calcutta) International Film Festival, the Kolkata Book Fair, and several other mammoth ventures.
Jawhar Sircar studied mainly in Kolkata, though he had stints at the British Universities of Cambridge and Sussex as well as in New York. He has two Master's Degrees in different subjects, i.e., Sociology (with Social Anthropology) and Ancient Indian History and Culture. He has carried on research and publications on cultural, historical and anthropological subjects for several years.
Manish JhaHead-Business Development & Distribution, Maurya TV Pvt. Ltd.
An Economics Graduate and MBA- Marketing Expertise: Distribution, Digital Marketing & Brand Started Career with Hathway- Brand Development (Handled the execution for 1st phase of digitalisation CAS- Delhi) Worked with News 24 Was Looking after Distribution- North India (Part of the Core team Which Launched News 24 & E-24) Worked with Den Networks – Digital Marketing- North India (Worked for Expansion of Digital footprint in Delhi, UP and Rajasthan) Joined Maurya TV (Bihar & Jharkhand) Regional channel of (Bihar-Jharkhand) Promoted by veteran film maker Prakash Jha Country Head-Business Development & Distribution.
Neeraj SananCMO, MCCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Neeraj Sanan, 39 years is the head of marketing for three national broadcast channels; ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha.Neeraj also heads MCCS' Digital arm and it's central creative cell. An avid marketer, Neeraj has more than 16 years marketing experience across product categories including FMCG (skin care, hair care, and confectionery), semi durables (paints) and services (broadcast, mobile). Prior to joining MCCS, Neeraj was the CMO at Web18, the mobile & internet arm of Network18. He has proved his acumen across some of the leading brands in the country such as Dabur, Wrigleys , Network18 and now MCCS.
He is an Electronics & Communications engineer, and has completed his Post Graduation in Management
Rahul KanwalEditor, (Headlines Today) TV Today Network Ltd.
At 32,Rahul is the youngest 9 O clock anchor on the news television in India Today. Under Rahul's leadership Headlines Today has become the fastest growing channel in the English genre.
It is in an interview with Rahul Kanwal that both Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal first revealed their plans to go political. This was a week before they announced their intentions.Leading from the front,Rahul incisive questioning has often grabbed headlines the next day. And these are not necessarily political.Maruti chief RC Bhargava confirmed for the first time the hand of left wing extremist elements in the violence that rocked his plant in Manesar again participating in a panel discussion hosted by Rahul Kanwal. About two years ago, Rahul Kanwal hosted one of the revealing shows of the year.The Hafeez Saeed tapes procures by Headlines Today at great peril became the centrepoint of the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan that were held late February. Rahul's expertise on strategic affairs was highlighted with the expose on how Chinese hackers targeted the PMO.Initial denials by the government by the government,were later reversed and the NSA himself confirmed that such an attempt had indeed been made. Rahul Kanwal anchored Centerstage asks the questions that few dare to ask.And he asks it in the most direct manner possible.There is no fear or favor shown. It is that zeal which forced attention on telecom minister A Raja,under ever-darkening cloud in the spectrum scam. Under Rahul,Headlines Today represents the future of the news.He ensures it carries stories that matter to you.He sees it carries stories that drive government to action.And he ensures that he remains true to the values of the India Today group.
Roop SharmaPresident, Cable Operators Federation of India
Mrs. Roop Sharma joined the Cable TV Industry in 1990, as the first woman cable operator of India and the first on in North India. From the very beginning, she took upon herself the task of consolidating and organizing the nascent industry as the General Secretary of Delhi Cable Operators Welfare Association. In 1993, she was elected the founder President of Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI), the apex body of last mile cable operators.
Her first major achievement was the recognition of Cable TV as a Small Scale Service and Business Enterprise by the Ministry of Industries in 1994. The next one was coaxing the government introduce Cable TV Act of 1995 to regulate the industry. In 2002 she lobbied hard for introducing addressability through CAS and now her focus is to get the digitalization implemented fast keeping interest of last mile operators intact.
She is a well travelled person having knowledge of Indian as well as international Cable & Satellite markets.
At Present she is a member of National Task Force for implementing digitalization.
Rahul RazdanPresident , ibibo, Mobile & Games
Rahul Razdan is the President – Mobile & Games at ibibo, India's leading games and mobile apps company.
Rahul has 15 years of diverse experience across various media comprising television, documentary films, interactive media, internet, and mobile. Prior to ibibo.com, Rahul has worked with best of the breed organizations like Sony Entertainment Television, Cyber Media, and Satyam Computers; and also clocked in a few years in media academics where he'd been an advocate of new media technologies, and their inevitable take-over of mainstream media workflows. Rahul is a professionally trained architect, having done his B. Arch. from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He is also a post-graduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
Satish JacobVeteran Journalist
Satish Jacob started his career as a reporter and worked with The Statesman, The Patriot and later joined BBC as stringer. He retired as BBC's Delhi Deputy Bureau Chief after serving the organisation for 26 years. Satish Jacob had joined P7 News on February 7 2011. Currently Satish is the Consulting Editor of NewsX.
Sheela BhattEditorial Director, rediff.com
Sheela Bhatt is the editorial director of rediff.com.She started her career in 1978. She has published-edited Abhiyaan,a political weekly in Mumbai. Sheela shifted her base to New Delhi to become senior editor in India Today. She has been trained at Sky TV in London. Sheela have reported, almost, all the major political events since 1980 and have extensively covered insurgencies in Punjab, Kashmir and Assam. Later Sheela joined Star TV as executive producer in 1998. She was the recipient of Chameli Devi Jain award for in-depth reporting. Since 2000 Sheela is assciated with rediff.com and is currently an Editorial Director of rediff.com and India Abroad, weekly produced from New York.
Supriya SahuJoint Secretary Broadcasting, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Supriya is currently Joint Secretary Broadcasting in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. She have been dealing with broadcasting issues in the Ministry for the last three years. Supriya belongs to the Indian Administraive service , 1991 batch from Tamil Nadu Cadre.
Suresh SelvarajExecutive Director & CEO, Asianet News Network
Around three decades in Print Media. Worked for different kinds of media brands like dailies, weekend papers, magazines. Worked in almost all the metros in India. Wroked for No.1 media group, regional leaders, fledgling brnads, start ups, challenger brands. Consider myself a genuine print media all rounder and a rare resource in the industry. Goal - to retain the title Turnover Tiger in whatevr I do.
Vikram ChandraGroup CEO& Executive Director,NDTV
Mr. Vikramaditya Chandra is Group CEO & Executive Director of NDTV. He has been associated with NDTV since 1994 and is not only one of India's leading news personalities and anchors, but has also taken on corporate responsibility for several years. Vikram Chandra's simple and lucid style of delivering news immediately struck a chord with the Indian audiences. He headed NDTV profit from its creation and lead it to become India's leading business channels. He then became CEO of NDTV Networks. As one of India's best known anchorpersons he presents "The Big Fight" and "Gadget Guru".
As a special correspondent, he has extensively covered Siachen & kargil wars, and the conflict in Kashmir.
Vikram has been named "Global Leader for Tomorrow" and a "Young Global Leader"by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He won the Indian Television Academy award in 2008 for "Best Anchor for a Talk Show". Also the recipient of Hero Honda Award for Best Anchorperson and Teacher's Achievement Award for Communication. Vikram has been one of the pioneers in social programming for Public Interest and has anchored GREENATHON's that raised money for solar Lanterns and is now involved with the "Save our Tigers" campaign.
Vishnu SomEditor (Special Projects and Documentaries) and Senior Anchor, NDTV
With more than 6000 hours of live broadcast experience, Vishnu Som is one of the most experienced television news anchors in India. An NDTV veteran, he has been with the company for more than 16 years and is presently Editor (Special Projects and Documentaries) and Senior Anchor. Som anchors prime-time programmes on NDTV 24x7 including the flagship 9 pm programme, India Decides.
A documentary film producer, Som has been awarded a Commonwealth Broadcasting Award, an Indian Telly Award and a UN fellowship for young journalists. He has also won an NT award as best news presenter and was nominated for best news report (2011) by the Association of International Broadcasters, London. His series, India's Underwater Treasures, Great Battles and The Jet Set have won critical acclaim.
As a journalist, he has reported extensively on war, conflict, aviation and natural disasters. He has covered the Kargil (North Kashmir), Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as the 2004 Asian Tsunami and 2001 Bhuj (Gujarat, India) earthquake. He was the only Indian journalist reporting from Sendai and Fukushima during the disaster in Japan.
Som is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication from where he has an M.A. He also has a Double Honours in History and Political Science from the same University.
Vivek LawEditor, Bloomberg UTV
Mr. Vivek Law is an Editor with Bloomberg UTV, a leading Business News Channel. He is responsible for leading the Editorial function across verticals. He has worked with CNBC TV18 as National Editor (Consumer Affairs). He has also worked with Economic Times, Business standard, Financial Express and India Today. Mr. Law is a graduate from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. In his illustrious 19 years in Business Journalism in print and electronic media, he has been at the forefront in the issues related to Personal Finance, Real Estate, Small and Medium Enterprises, Consumer Grievances and Economic Crime. His experience and global eye-view in matters of financial inclusion, financial literacy and customer protection would help the Financial Planning movement in addressing issues of Financial Planning from consumers' perspective.