Anant Pai, Founder-Editor of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle Comics, passed away yesterday in Mumbai. A few generations of Indians, including Pradyuman Maheshwari, as he writes in this tribute, owe their knowledge of history to the animated work of the comic books.
There’s not much to the new looks of both Star Plus and Bloomberg UTV, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari. The entertainment major had already seen some breakthrough ideas and for the business channel, so far it’s been some cosmetic and essentially a distribution story.
As they get set to announce their new look, Star Plus hopes it will cement its place on the top and for Bloomberg UTV it’s a good, strong attempt to get there. But for any change to be meaningful, it’s got to be beyond logos and colours, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.
Award results leaking for three consecutive years, jury members fighting over reported wrongdoings, and an activity calendar that is no longer as good as it used to be has made the Advertising Club Bombay lose all its sheen and glory, feels Pradyuman Maheshwari.
It’s a problem of the business model, not news, said Google CEO Eric Schmidt five years after News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch spoke at the same gathering – the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Pradyuman Maheshwari believes that the opportunity is right for Indian publishers to cash in.
No, I am not going to write about the Abbys and how they have been tainted thanks to the leaks. There are three more days ahead to talk about them, even though the fact that they have leaked for three consecutive years indicates a problem that needs some urgent attention. But it’s Day 1 of Goafest and the day when the creme de la creme of Indian ad and medialand assemble to attend the Industry Leadership Conclave.
Since it’s that time of the year when GoaFest results are leaked, Pradyuman Maheshwari reasons why he has re-subscribed to the numero uno pink paper. Plus, a relook at last year’s April Fool headlines that he wished were for real, and five more all-new headlines.