Though the Bangalore city has 400 plus dailies, 100 plus weeklies, 150 fortnightly/monthlies, 60-plus major television channels, 10 radio stations and over 300 ad-sales people from Print & TV field, there’s no organised body to represent their interest.
According to industry sources there has been a long felt need to bring the entire media marketing fraternity under one umbrella for the common benefit, which saw forming of Media Association of Bangalore (MAB), exclusively meant for media marketing professionals. In other words, Media Association of Bangalore is supposed to be a one-stop-source for all the needs pertaining to Media Ad Sales people in Bangalore and also to act as a guardian angel for the fraternity
In the first executive committee meeting, Mr. Suresh Selvaraj (Outlook) was elected as the President, Mr. N. Sekar (Dainik Jagran) as the General Secretary, Mr. Jay Menon (New Indian Express) as Vice President, Mr. Sundar Kondur (Mid Day) as Joint Secretary and Mr. Sunil.R (The Hindu) as Treasurer. The executive committee members are: Mr. Ganesh Shenoy (Hindustan Times), Mr. Joy George (BBC World), Mr. Pratap Kumar (PK Associates), Mr. Rohit Gopakumar (NDTV), Mr. Sampath Kumar (Include), and Mr. Vivek Datt (Dainik Bhaskar).
Mr. Chetan Ghag (Ten Sports), Mr. D V Dwarakanath (The Times of India) and Mr. A. Rajendra Kumar (Eenadu) co-opted for Executive Committee Membership.
With the formation of MAB, will ad-sales professionals from other metros follow suit? Only time will tell.