Top Story


Home >> Media - Others >> Article

CNN-IBN on the lookout for the ‘Indian of the Year’

Font Size   16
CNN-IBN on the lookout for the ‘Indian of the Year’

As part of celebrations of 60 years of Indian Independence, CNN-IBN is instituting an annual award ‘CNN-IBN Indian of the Year’, which will recognise the Indian/s whose contribution to the country has strengthened the foundation of the society and has helped build Brand India in the process.

The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year will be revealed at a glittering event held in Delhi on February 6, 2007.

The awards will salute the best and the most dynamic Indian icons across six main categories – Politics, Business, Entertainment, Sports, Public Service and NRI. Votes from the public and the Electoral College, both holding equal weightage, will decide the most superlative candidate to be the Indian of the Year.

Announcing the awards, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7, said, “We at CNN-IBN feel that many Indians and their accomplishments often go unnoticed and so we took it upon ourselves to create an award that would do just the contrary. The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award will not only recognise, but also felicitate such achievers. The sheer credibility of the channel as well as the involvement of great personalities in the thorough selection process will lend immense authority to this title.”

The Judiciary council in concurrence with the TV 18 editorial group will undertake the preliminary step of generating a list of prospective nominees for each category. The Council is an elite club comprising five Padma awardees – Padma Shri Geet Sethi, six times World Billards Champion; Padma Vibhushan Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India; Padma Bhushan Nandan Nilekani, CEO of Infosys Technologies; Padma Bhushan Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC; and Padma Shri Kiran Bedi, a Magsaysay Award recipient.

Electing winners for each group will be a three-tier process involving the Judiciary Council, the Electoral College and the citizens of India. The Electoral College, composed of 250 eminent citizens, each recognised in their respective fields, will vote for their chosen aspirant. The process of Vox Populi will be conducted simultaneously through two means – for online casting of the citizen’s franchise, and 2622 for voting through SMS.


Siddharth Kumar Tewary, Founder, Chief Creative, One Life Studios and Swastik Productions, on owning the IP on his most ambitious project 'Porus,' the risk of recovering its cost and his distribution strategy

Webscale plans to build the brand around smooth operations for the e-commerce sector and then move on to demand generation

Shriya Ghate, Business Head, Tinkle, spills the beans on the company's vision for its special line of merchandise launched to celebrate its 37th anniversary, its pricing, marketing strategies, and more

Vivek Patni, Director of Wonder Cement, on the current marketing strategies and challenges that brand owners face

Luis Fonsi, Rita Ora, Jain of Makeba fame , Dimitri Vegas, Jason Derulo, Charly Black and Dasu, J Balvin, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger & Jackie Shroff speak exclusively to the radio channel

The Film-Maker, as the host of ‘Calling Karan’, Will Be Just A Phone Call Away From Listeners Seeking Advice On Love & Relationship

The group aims to double its FMCG turnover to Rs. 1,000 crore over four years.