From the past Indian Readership Survey (IRS) data, it is evident that dailies have always done better than magazines in terms of readership numbers. IRS Q3 2010 results show no different trend for Malayalam publications. While most dailies have shown growth, magazines are on decline trend.
The controversy around the leaked Niira Radia tapes and involvement of perceived media celebrities has been the talk of the town for the last few weeks, but the recent week turned out to be a ‘trial’ week for the involved journalists in the Radia tapes case. exchange4media correspondent Nitin Pandey on the controversy as we cover it…
According to the latest AdEx figures, the wafers/namkin industry grew by a significant 40 per cent since the last year Jan-Oct survey. The chips/wafers category saw the most ads in print while Pepsi Co India Holding (P) Ltd was the top advertiser. The two new variants of Leher Kurkure, were the most advertised new brands this year, followed by Uncle chips.
Further updates in the WikiLeaks story – following the news that Amazon has kicked WikiLeaks from its servers, PayPal has issued a statement banning the controversial whistleblower as well, which means that people cannot give their donations to the website.
Mozilla Corporation has adopted two firefox cubs in an American zoo and will fund their care and is trying to raise awareness for the threatened status of the species. Users can visit a microsite on the firefox website and see a 24-hour live feed of the animals and help name the two.
The Urdu dailies domain is relatively small with only four major players in it. The domain has seen an overall decline in readership of 2.51 per cent as per the IRS Q3 2010 results. Inquilab is the most read Urdu daily in this segment in terms of Average Issue Readership (AIR).
Unlike the IRS Q2 2010 results, Hindi newspapers in Chhattisgarh have put better show in Q3. Four of the top five Hindi newspapers have seen growth in AIR. While Dainik Bhaskar continues to lead among Hindi dailies, it has seen a decline in AIR. The Times of India is the most read English newspaper in Chhattisgarh.
The Indian Readership Survey (IRS) deserves complete credit for giving the industry a currency in the absence of any other, and for bringing out data in time even after making it quarterly. However, readership measurement in India per se needs concerted attention, and hence, it is important for the industry to work with a deadline for the proposed IRS-NRS merger.
At a panel discussion held at the Delhi Press Club on December 3, 2010, the Editors’ Guild mulled over the Radia tapes case and journalistic ethics. The panelists included Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Mehta, Mrinal Pandey, and Sunil Jain. <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?news_id=40259§ion_id=8&pict=15&tag=6560><b>Reporter’s Diary: The Radia tapes case – some yet unanswered questions</b></a>
With the World Cup 2011 round the corner, adidas is actively looking at digital as a strong tool to tap its target audience. Tushar Goculdas, Director - Sales & Marketing, adidas India, shares with exchange4media the brand’s digital plans and why he thinks it is important for adidas to be present on social media.
Microsoft is focusing on social networks over television to publicise its newest gaming product. The company feels that while they needed to run a major television campaign when they launched the Xbox 360 in India, today the market is more mature, and hence, it is more effective to let people get hands on time with the devices instead, and to build awareness online.
The Kerala market for the English dailies looks clean and uncluttered, even as The Hindu dominates the market. The news of The Times of India entering the market with Mathrubhumi has set the market abuzz. The New Indian Express is the second largest English daily (in terms of AIR numbers) in Kerala.