Vikrant Gosain has joined My FM Delhi as Deputy Manager - Corporate Sales. Prior to this, Gosain was with Red FM as Team Head- Retail & Government and was responsible for various revenue verticals such as retail, education and Government for the Delhi region and was also responsible for part of the corporate portfolio in Delhi.
Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the apex body of the fashion industry, has appointed Tridib Sengupta as its Chief Operating Officer. Not new to the fashion industry, Sengupta was President & CEO, Balance Clothing and Rohit Bal Designs, where he introduced new business systems and drove business targets to achieve a rapid increase. Prior to that, Sengupta had held a senior leadership role with several banks, including the National Bank of Dubai, Emirates Bank International, Dubai, ANZ Grindlays Bank in India and Dubai in a career spanning over 20 years.
Cairn India has appointed Manu Kapoor as Director - Corporate Affairs and CSR. Kapoor moves from Reliance Retail Ltd, where he was Head – Corporate Communications & Affairs and was responsible for communications, stakeholder management and setting up a pan-India communications network for the organisation. He has had a diverse career, which spanned several industries and geographies, including companies like Vestergaard Frandsen, P&G, Tiffany Foods Ltd, Dalmia Industries Ltd and ITC Ltd, among others.
INCL Group of Companies, a conglomerate with diverse expertise in handling 360-degree communication solutions, has appointed veteran media professional Ashwini Tyagi as Senior Vice President. Tyagi will also hold the position of Director – Creative for Macaw Inc, the creative group company and advertising outfit of INCL Group of Companies. Tyagi has nearly three decades' experience in the creative field. Tyagi earlier worked with All India Radio, N.H.K. Tokyo, BBC World Service Trust, Dainik Bhaskar Television, and agencies like FCBUlka, Chaitra Leo Burnett, Lintas, Contract, and Everest, among others.
Partho Dasgupta, MD & CEO, Future Media, says in-store radio plays a big role in setting the ambience within a store and enhancing the purchasing experience of consumers. Radio stations get the opportunity to reach out to their listeners at a very effective consumer touchpoint – retail – which makes a listener’s interaction with the brand as interesting as possible.
Anita Belani has been named Country Head, Right Management. Right Management is a provider of integrated human capital consulting services and solutions across the employment lifecycle. Prior to joining Right Management, Belani was Country Head, Watson Wyatt – India, a human capital consulting firm. She has 21 years' experience in senior strategic human resources positions with organisations like Sun Microsystems, KPMG LLP and Jardine Fleming, among others.
The much-anticipated Apple 3G iPhone made a midnight debut in Delhi on the night of August 21. Launched by Bharti Airtel, the launch comes just a couple of days after the launch of the Nokia N96. The phone is priced at Rs 31,000 for 8 GB and Rs 36,000 for 16 GB.
Sahara One is taking the ‘saas-bahu’ conflict to the reality platform with its new reality based dance show ‘Saas Vs Bahu’. The property will go on air from August 25, and will be aired Monday-Friday in the prime time band of 8 pm. The show has roped in 15 small screen saas-bahu celebrities as a team battling out and challenging each other.
Mumbai has become the 12th service area to form part of the Idea Cellular campaign, that is being claimed as the world’s biggest ever single city launch, encompassing an initial network of over 1,000 sites and an ad-spend of over Rs 800 crore. Idea’s footprint now crosses over 70 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market.
Times Group has recently made two key appointments. Sanjeev Shah has been roped in as Director, Mergers and Acquisitions. Rohit Dabholkar has been appointed as Head of Brand Development, Mumbai, for Maharashtra Times and Navbharat Times. Both have already taken their respective charges.
Zee TV has announced FPC changes in its weekend programming. Timings of shows like ‘Tata Indicom Ek Se Badhkar Ek’ and ‘Naaginn’ have been changed, while ‘Maayka’ will be aired five days a week. The channel has also effected a change in the format of its prime property ‘Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009’, the first time in its 13-year history.
Star India on August 21 announced the launch of its Bengali general entertainment channel Star Jolsha in Kolkata. Star Jolsha is scheduled to go on air on September 8. With this, the Star TV Network further intensifies its focus on the regional channel space after Star Vijaya.
The competition couldn’t have been closer in the Hindi general entertainment channels. Star Plus is riding high with 311 GRPs, while Zee TV follows at 209 GRPs. Sony Television is back at the No. 3 spot with 130 GRPs, but the win is by just 2 GRPs. In its third week, Colors has garnered 128 GRPs this week. Star One has 93 GRPs, NDTV Imagine has 90 GRPs, and 9X has 75 GRPs.
Hearing in the case related to using Doordarshan’s Olympic footage by news channels took place in the capital on August 21. At the end of the hearing, it is reliably learnt that the judgment passed by Delhi High Court Judge Rewa Khetrapal was that the news channels should abide by the laws of fair dealing within the Copyright Act.
exchange4media Group is all set to present its first ever awards for the Indian broadcast industry. Christened Airtel Indian News Broadcasting Awards, the first edition of the Awards is being held in the Capital today. Airtel is the main sponsor for these Awards, while TAM Media Research and Media Guru are the knowledge partners. Nominees for the Awards were shortlisted by the jury on August 19.
Stage is set for NewsNext 2008, being held by the exchange4media Group in the Capital today. In the run-up to the day-long conference, the exchange4media team spoke to some senior media heads and advertisers to get their views on the ROI from news TV and how brands benefit from the news genre. Times Now is the main sponsor of NewsNext 2008, which will focus on the future of the Indian news broadcasting industry.