Komli Media has announced the appointment of Prashant Mehta as COO. Mehta will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Komli Media’s overall business operations, including sales, product development, engineering, marketing and business development.
At a time when most publications are putting their expansion plans on hold due to the economic slowdown, NaiDunia is set to launch its weekly publication, ‘Sunday NaiDunia’, from no less than seven state capitals simultaneously. The publication would be a combination of 16 pages newspaper and 48 pages magazine in Hindi.
Mudra Executive Director Sandeep Vij has been elevated to the newly-created role of Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO). In his expanded role as Executive Director and CKO, Vij will also champion knowledge management and thought leadership initiatives across the entire Group.
BAG Films has appointed Nilanjana Purkayastha as Business Head. Purkayastha would be reporting to Anurradha Prasad, Managing Director, BAG Films and Media Ltd. She replaces Rajesh Chadha, who was with BAG Films as Senior Vice President and Head of Operations.
The broadcast media witnessed more twists and turns in 2008 than in the K-soaps. New markets, new players, new challenges – the scene couldn’t have been more action-packed. exchange4media looks back at the major developments and the significant players in the year gone by, covering all the major genres. <br> Guest Articles: <br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/Annual/2008/Guest_Jawahar.asp target- _blank >The govt needs to use its soft power: Jawahar Goel</a> <br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/Annual/2008/Guest_Checkered.asp target= _blank>The checkered category: Rajesh Kamat</a>
Beleaguered by the economic slowdown and the Government’s proposed curbs on crisis reporting, times are tough for the television medium. The industry has been rife of late with rumours of NDTV Metro Nation being shut down. Though NDTV has shot down such rumours, the television major is on a serious cost cutting spree.
The Indian news broadcasters demonstrated a rare show of unity on January 13, 2009, when all key editors of mainstream news channels in a letter to the Prime Minister protested against the MIB’s decision to amend the Cable TV Act without consultations with the broadcasters. All news channels had telecast their stand on this development at 8.00 pm on the day. Following this and several meetings with various Government and political officials, the PMO has assured consultation on the Cable TV Act. All editors have welcomed the move. <br> <font color=red><b>Comment:</b></font> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?section_id=5&news_id=33665&tag=28624&pict=0 target= _blank ><b>Gag order – a united media can put Govt on the backfoot</b></a>
Vyas Giannetti Creative has launched a specialised Design and Communication Cell. The agency has partnered with six global design specialists, that include the likes of Flex/the Innovation Lab, Lava Graphic Studios, InDeed, Saffron, Dixonbaxi and Ryan+Deslauriers for this venture. Preeti Vyas, Chairwoman & Chief Creative Officer, VGC, who is directly involved in this cell, sees this as a reinvention of the agency.
Some good sense has finally prevailed upon the Manmohan Singh Government. If our sources are to be believed, the Prime Minister has put on hold the proposed amendments to the Cable Bill until possibly the General Elections. It is good to see the industry united on the issue with the NBA playing a key role in mobilising opinion.
Kids Media India, a subsidiary of Dubai-based Spacetoon Media Group, launched its first free-to-air kids edutainment Hindi channel, Spacetoon Kids TV, in India on January 14. The channel will be marketed through numerous on-ground activities. The channel would be available in other languages later on.