The Indian Newspapers Society (INS) has just concluded its annual general meeting. Following the AGM, Deccan Chronicle’s Ram Reddy has been elected the President of the INS. He takes on the reigns from Bombay Samachar’s Hormusji Cama. Vyapar Janmabhoomi’s Kundan Vyas is elected Deputy President of the INS, and India Today Group’s Ashish Bagga has been elected the Vice President. Rakesh Sharma is the Treasurer of the new term of the INS.
Uninor will be Unitech Wireless’ name in India. The brand will carry the philosophy of empowering customers by unleashing opportunities in their daily lives and by placing people – both customers and employees – first. The brand also unifies the global telecom expertise of the Telenor Group and the presence in and understanding of the Indian market of Unitech Ltd in a common brand identity.
JWT Mumbai has been awarded a Gold in the category of Social Strategy: Best Strategic Thinking for Social Impact at the prestigious Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence 2009. The case study, entitled ‘When Over 2 Million Unlettered Indian Kids said Jai Ho’, is for the Teach India Campaign.
Dentsu India has announced the appointment of Rajat Sethi as Managing Director, Dentsu Marcom. Working closely with Rajesh Aggarwal, President, Dentsu India, Sethi’s mandate will be to lead business and operations at Dentsu Marcom. Prior to Dentsu, Sethi was heading the Country operations in India for Reader’s Digest International.
At an event held in Mumbai on September 23, 2009, ESPN Star Sports unveiled the hand-crafted trophy for the Airtel Champions League Twenty20. The sports broadcaster also announced a comprehensive line-up of productions and global syndication initiatives in more than 160 countries on the occasion.
Taking cue from Vodafone, on September 17, 2009, Hindustan Unilever had blocked the commercial airtime of the entire day across all STAR channels. Now, on September 24, 2009, the corporate major is repeating the same with Zee Network. In the case of Zee Network, the activity would be seen across its 25 channels.
Following its Annual General Meeting held in Delhi today, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has announced its new office bearers. Taking on from TV Today’s G Krishnan as President, is Global Broadcast News’ Sameer Manchanda, who in the last term was Vice President of NBA. NDTV’s KV Narayan Rao, who was hitherto the Treasurer of NBA, is now Vice President and Zee News’ Barun Das is the new Treasurer.
‘Reinvent or die’, that was the clear message from the post lunch session at the Publish Asia 2009 conference. Chaired by DD Purkayastha, CEO & Managing Director, ABP, this session had a powerful panel comprising Rajiv Verma, CEO, HT Media; Sam Balsara, Chairman and Managing Director, Madison World; and Juan Senor, Partner, Innovation Media Consulting, UK.
Publish Asia 2009, which brings together the collective strength of IFRA India and Publish Asia, the flagship conference of IFRA Asia, got underway in Chennai to an overwhelming participation. The event, organised by WAN-IFRA, the world association of newspaper and news publishers, also saw the unveiling of WAN-IFRA’s annual report, titled ‘World Press Trends’, with the split edition of `Asian trends’.
Pepsi has always been brand that embodies the most prevalent youth sentiment. Over the years as ‘youth’ has evolved, so have Pepsi’s positioning and language. It has, however, consistently stood for what the youth stands for – right from ‘Yeh Dil Maange More’ to ‘Yeh Hai Youngistaan Meri Jaan’. exchange4media traces the brand’s bubbly journey in India.
STAR India is seeing quite a few changes in its senior management, where the likes of Ravi Menon and Nanette D’Sa have exited the organisation. The channel has also appointed former MCCS and Big Broadcasting hand, Yogesh Manwani, as VP-Marketing for Regional Channels and Hari Krishna as VP-Marketing for STAR Plus. Another significant development is of NGC’s MD Nikhil Mirchandani heading towards STAR One as Executive Vice President & General Manager.
Telecom major Aircel, which was hitherto working with Starcom Worldwide and Carat as its media agencies, has added Dentsu Media to its media agency roster. It is understood that Dentsu would be handling the TV business for Aircel, while the remainder would be handled by Starcom Worldwide. Aircel did not offer any comments on the development. The account size is pegged at Rs 200 crore.