Jagran Prakashan Ltd or the Dainik Jagran Group has released a coffee table book – ‘Jagran Gems’ at an event in Delhi on October 26, 2009. Jagran Gems honours entrepreneurs in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, the Group’s CMD, Mahendra Mohan Gupta, said that this was one of the first books from the Group, and that similar attempts would be seen for different states that have the Jagran footprint.
The NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2009 were given away at a packed event in Mumbai on October 26. Among the prominent winners this year are Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of UIDAI; Chanda D Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank Ltd; and TN Ninan, Managing Director, Business Standard. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Chairman, Hero Group, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
With the launch of ET Now from the Times Global Broadcasting Company Ltd earlier this year, to the rejuvenation of UTVi following its partnership with Bloomberg to create Bloomberg UTV, the English business news genre has seen important changes in the year. The newcomers have made no impact on the traditional genre leader, CNBC-TV18, which continues to be the leader, but NDTV Profit is seeing a tough fight to hold on to the No. 2 position.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) on October 26, 2009 issued a showcause notice to Hindi GEC Colors, taking exception to the content being telecast in reality show ‘Bigg Boss Season 3’. MIB has given Colors five days to reply to the notice. MIB in its notice said that certain parts of the show had “offended good taste and decency and were not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition”.
Vizeum India (Aegis Media Group Company) has expanded its team with the appointments of Harit Pant and EM Sreeneelakandhan (Sreekanth) as GM, North and GM, South, respectively. Vizeum had commenced its India operations in June 2009 and has already added accounts like Luxor Writing Instruments and Giovani to its kitty.
National carrier Air India has shortlisted nine agencies for the final round of its creative pitch. These nine agencies are: Euro RSCG, Crayons, Mudra, DraftFCB+Ulka, Everest Brand Solutions, Dentsu, Lowe Lintas, Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey India. exchange4media had reported in July 2009 that 30 agencies were in the fray for the Air India business. It may be recalled that Mudra, RK Swamy BBDO, Prem Associates, and Thompson Connect are among the agencies currently on the Air India roster.
TV Today Network, which airs the news channels Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, has reported a net profit of Rs 10.61 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2009. This is against a net profit of Rs 7.57 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal, thus showing a 40 per cent jump.
Satyanarayana Kornepati, VP/ Communications Partner, Media Direction Mumbai, strongly believes in ‘Observation’ being the best teacher. A 20-year veteran in this business, Satya is one of the most quoted media professionals in Chennai market. The GenNext Media Magnate is chosen by a committee comprising the exchange4media editorial team in consultation with Raj Nayak.
Kashmira Chadha, Director – Marketing, at Coca-Cola India has recently put in her papers. She had joined the soft drink major in 2006-end and was responsible for marketing of the Coca-Cola brand for three years. A Coca-Cola spokesperson has confirmed the news and said that no replacement had been named yet.
Dr Kathirvel, who has business interests in poultry, wind energy, real estate and runs a few educational institutions, is foraying into the Tamil magazine space with ‘Suriya Kathir’. The fortnightly magazine, slated to hit newsstands across Tamil Nadu on November 14, will be published by Marutha Kaliamman publications.