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Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute MDI Gurgaon (Now its Gurugram), one of India's leading Business School. He is a first generation entrepreneur and after acquiring the iconic business media and magazine brand BW Businessworld. a 35 year strong media brand as well as most respected business publication in the country.

Vivid: World Press Freedom rankings reveal the Indian story

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders ranking India 140th in terms of press freedom is an alarming signal of a sinking democracy living a huge façade, a freedom that is curbed, says exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Feb 24, 2014 8:31 AM

Vivid: The tale of the 3Bs - Bat, BMW, Bharat Ratna

Receiving the Bharat Ratna has catapulted Sachin Tendulkar into an altogether different level, where every move of this most adulated of cricketers is scrutinised even more, says exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Feb 17, 2014 8:14 AM

Varun Kohli joins ITV Network as COO and Revenue Head

Kohli in his leadership role will look after advertising sales, marketing & events, apart from related aspects. He moves in from TV18, where he was Senior Vice President

Annurag Batra Feb 11, 2014 7:47 AM

Varun Kohli joins ITV Network as COO and Revenue Head

Kohli in his leadership role will look after advertising sales, marketing & events, apart from related aspects. He moves in from TV18, where he was Senior Vice President

Annurag Batra Feb 10, 2014 6:40 PM

Vivid: Can Lalu's twitter handle handle Twitter?

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has taken to Twitter with gusto, but can he connect to the youth in the most relevant manner possible & persuade them not to leave their home towns, wonders exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Feb 10, 2014 8:33 AM

Vivid: Why Rahul Gandhi chose Times Now?

The interview busted the myth that Gandhi is a reluctant politician. To appear on a TV channel before the elections shows that he is raring to go & wants to do his politics differently, says exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Feb 7, 2014 9:37 AM

Vivid: Is Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra managing media for brother Rahul Gandhi?

Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra is finally coming out of the self-imposed shadows ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, where the Congress is eyeing a third term, says exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Feb 3, 2014 9:25 AM

Vivid: UP Govt tries to wring media's neck, embarrasses itself instead

This behind-the-scene muzzling of the media only exposes the Govt's own insecurity and also exposes the lack of rules when it comes to face-offs between politicians & media, says exchange4media's Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra Jan 20, 2014 9:06 AM

Vivid: Sunny side up - Weather reporting in the UK turns 60

exchange4media's Annurag Batra traces the history of weather reporting in the UK as the BBC celebrates 60 years since the first weather forecast appeared, moving it from the barometer to the realm of the sciences

Annurag Batra Jan 13, 2014 9:24 AM

Vivid: Putin dissolves Russian state news agency amid global criticism

The closure of RIA-Novosti & its replacement with a new agency headed by a pro-regime mouthpiece is the latest sign of Russia's dark slide to authoritarianism under Putin, observes Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Jan 7, 2014 8:29 AM

Vivid: Spiritual journalism - stirrings of a new awakening in media

At a time when traditional knowledge systems are breaking, spiritual journalism carries the responsibility of re-establishing that system with modern analysis & in a modern context, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Dec 30, 2013 7:45 AM

Vivid: Indian, US media lock horns over the Devyani Khobragade episode

No matter what turn the issue takes, it is evident from the reportage in both the Indian and the US media that each has taken a different stance, instead of looking at the larger picture, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Dec 24, 2013 9:26 AM

Vivid: North Korea's prosaically propagandistic media style

The rhetoric in North Korea's state-run media regarding senior leader Jang Song Thaek, who was recently executed, reveals the extent to which state media is being used for propaganda of Communist ideology, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Dec 24, 2013 9:12 AM

Vivid: What's morality got to do with senior journalists in India?

It's time for senior journalists to take a stand on what's ethical & what's not and understand that in their morality levels lay the levels of future journalism, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Dec 23, 2013 9:10 AM

Vivid: Vigilant international media keeps track of Delhi polls

Annurag Batra of exchange4media talks about the keenness with which intl media is tracking Delhi polls & how they are significant because of the rise of Arvind Kejriwal's AAP

Annurag Batra Dec 16, 2013 7:52 AM

Vivid: Sting designed to oust AAP - Did it succeed?

There's an apprehension that the sting is last-minute mudsling. Whether AAP emerges victorious is for the electorate to decide, but Kejriwal and Co. will cause main parties' strongholds to breach, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Dec 9, 2013 8:00 AM

Vivid: The game changer - Social media & Aam Aadmi Party

AAP’s emergence on social media is testimony to the opportunity for alternate options in the political spectrum & also to the emergence of participative governance, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Nov 4, 2013 9:58 AM

Vivid: Media pays tributes to Sachin, Dravid!

Annurag Batra of exchange4media talks about how the media paid great tributes as the legends bade farewell to Twenty20. He says the dark side of the game (read spot fixing) pains him, but media should not conduct a trial of its own

Annurag Batra Oct 14, 2013 7:55 AM

Vivid: News channels - The infotainment quotient

The burst in the number of news channels demanded reinvention that has now led to blurring of lines between hard news & infotainment, says Annurag Batra of exchange4media

Annurag Batra Oct 7, 2013 7:38 AM

Vivid: Social media and racism - The Miss America Story

Annurag Batra of exchange4media talks about the unfortunate incident on social that followed Indian-origin Nina Davuluri winning the Miss America title and racism that prevails in the world even today

Annurag Batra Sep 30, 2013 8:55 AM