Mergers like Zee-Sony unite assets across mediums, improving reach for advertisers:

There will be more of experimentation & differentiated offerings in the television broadcast with the Zee-Sony merger, said Sejal Shah, MD, APX, PMX & Publicis-In-Motion

e4m by Sejal Shah
Published: Oct 26, 2021 1:07 PM  | 3 min read
Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah, Managing Director, APX, PMX and Publicis-In-Motion, shares her reactions on the merger deal between Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). She also discussed the possible implications on the industry with this merger deal and how the combined entity will benefit from greater market share and reach, as Sony possesses a number of sports channels and properties and Zee is known for its vernacular entertainment. Apart from this, a merger such as this leads to better solutions and greater reach for advertisers.

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This is the first time two big players are merging to create a behemoth. Will Zee-Sony merger give too much power to the merged entity when it comes to negotiating?

We will have to see how the merger plays out. The combined entity will benefit from greater market share and reach and will make the business more competitive and fast-paced.

We are invested in bringing in strong business outcomes for our clients and work with various broadcast partners, platforms, and publishers. Advertisers have many viable options today; in fact, the landscape is very fragmented and the dependency on any one particular broadcast group or publisher no longer holds. What remains to be seen post-merger is how the revenue function will be structured. Advertisers are facing recessionary pressures because of the pandemic and there are limitations to what you can get from the market. Full recovery for advertisers is still some time away.

With this consolidation, there will be two large players in the market - Star-Disney and Zee-Sony. Will the concentration of a large market share with the two big players change the dynamics of the TV ad business?

While Sony has a number of sports channels and properties, Zee is known for its vernacular entertainment.

With the merger, there will be more of experimentation and differentiated offerings in the television broadcast. The broadcast landscape is not what it was a few years ago; people are consuming entertainment like never before across a multitude of devices and platforms. It will be interesting to see how various entertainment conglomerates strategise, compete, innovate, and bring in top-notch content across multiple screens for audiences that are always hungry for more. Ultimately, it’s a win-win for the consumer who gets to watch the best of entertainment.

Is consolidation on the platform side good or bad for media agencies and advertisers, and why?

Consolidation is a natural outcome in a competitive landscape. A merger such as this brings together assets from across mediums, in turn, leading to better solutions and greater reach for advertisers. Advertisers get bang for the buck with stronger, more integrated play.

However, if the consolidation leads to an inflation of rates, it may have a counter-effect, and advertisers may simply reduce volumes or move on to other, more viable options - platforms. It’s been a rough 2020/21 for many brands; many categories are yet to recover completely from the impact of the pandemic.

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Repeat telecast? Big broadcasters may return to DD FreeDish

Industry sources say Disney Star, ZEEL, Culver Max Entertainment and Viacom18 plan to bid for the DD FreeDish slots for their Hindi GECs like Star Utsav, Zee Anmol, Sony Pal and Colors Rishtey

By Sonam Saini | Jan 30, 2023 8:53 AM   |   5 min read

Bharat Express news channel unveils signature tune

The tune that combines classical and contemporary elements will be featured at the beginning and end of each news broadcast

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 28, 2023 12:01 PM   |   1 min read

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Bharat Express news channel set to be launched on the 1st of February 2023 has announced the unveiling of its original signature tune composed by the biggies of the Indian music industry who have composed for the likes of Gangs of Wasseypur and Kabir Singh. 

The captivating tune combines elements of traditional Indian music with contemporary sounds to create a unique melody that soothes your ears and ignites your mind. The tune will be featured at the beginning and end of each news broadcast, as well as in promotional materials for the channel.

Bharat Express plans to come with a bang with a focus on comprehensive news coverage of everything under the sun, from remote villages to the crisis of Venezuela, stock market to onion prices, and gadgets to galaxies.

The chairman, managing director, and editor-in-chief, Upendrra Rai, said, " Signature tune is the hallmark of any news channel and we have selected this one after rounds of consideration by the music team. We are confident that the tune will become synonymous with the Bharat Express brand and its objectives and will help us stand out in the crowded news landscape; and most importantly, people will connect to it."

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Shobhna Yadav quits ABP News

Yadav started her career with India TV in 2003

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 27, 2023 5:26 PM   |   1 min read

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Shobhna Yadav who was associated with ABP News and face of some of the most popular evening shows on the channel has quit.

Highly placed sources have confirmed this development.

It is worth mentioning that in the last 40 days, several major steps have been taken to strengthen the editorial and managerial staff of the channel. It is also learnt that the cost efficiency and KRAs of the people working in the organisation are also being assessed and accordingly decisions are being taken.

Yadav started her career with India TV in 2003. She has also produced a bollywood film ‘Dear Maya’ in  2017 in which Manisha Koirala played the lead role.

The popular bollywood film ‘Batla House’ is based on the real life story of Shobhna Yadav and her husband Sanjeev Kumar Yadav who is a nine time gallantry award recipient.






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Gunjan Taneja quits WION as VP & Head of Global Sales

Taneja joined WION in August 2020

By Ruhail Amin | Jan 27, 2023 1:45 PM   |   1 min read

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Gunjan Taneja, Vice President and Head of Global Sales WION has stepped down from her role.

Taneja confirmed this development to e4m. She joined WION in August 2020 and was associated with the channel till Novemeber 2022.

Prior to joining WION, Taneja was Sales Director at Republic World for over three years. She has also served two stints at NDTV and worked with Aidem Ventures and Zee Media in the past.

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Zee Media’s Daiba Pradeep Roy joins Mitwa TV as National Sales Head

Roy has more than 21 years of experience in media sales.

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 27, 2023 12:00 PM   |   1 min read

Daiba Pradeep Roy

Daiba Pradeep Roy who was the National Sales Accounts Head with Zee Media Corporation has joined Mitwa TV as National Sales Head.

Mitwa TV is a new age subscription free premium OTT platform for 45+ Crore audiences spread across Hindi Heartland. Roy will lead the sales team nationally and be responsible for revenue generation at MitwaTV.

A veteran media professional, Daiba has more than 21 years of experience in media sales. Prior to his tenure in ZMCL, Pradeep was heading the Business Team, at ETV a Subsidiary of Network 18 Media, where he was designated as Business Head.

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‘GEC genre ad volume went up in 2022’

According to a TAM AdEx report, 2022 saw GEC claiming the highest share, 28.5%, in overall TV ad volumes since 2018

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 27, 2023 8:50 AM   |   2 min read

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The general entertainment channel (GEC) genre witnessed a 2% increase in ad volume in 2022 compared to 2021. According to TAM AdEx - Rewinding 2022 for GEC Channel Genre on TV report, 2022 had the highest ad volumes since 2018, with a 29% increase in 2022 compared to 2018.

As per the report, the third and fourth quarters of the year 2022 saw more ad volumes than the first and second. The report also stated that 2022 saw the highest GEC share i.e 28.5% of overall TV ad volumes since 2018.  

During both 2022 and 2021, Hindi GEC topped with more than 20% share of the GEC channel genre’s ad volumes. The top five subgenres accounted for around 69% share of ad volumes during 2022. 

Meanwhile, the count of categories and advertisers on the GEC genre dropped in Q3-Q4 '22 over Q2’22, whereas the count of brands peaked in Q3 '22. As per the report, Food & Beverages sector topped with 28% share of the GEC genre’s ad volumes, followed by Personal Care/Personal Hygiene with 20% share. Additionally, Biscuits and Aerated Soft Drinks were the new entrants among the top 10 categories. 

HUL, Reckitt Benckiser and Brooke Bond Lipton India retained their top three positions as advertisers during both 2021-22. Coca-Cola India and Procter & Gamble Home Products were the new entrants among the top 10 advertisers in 2022. Also, over 2800 advertisers were present on GEC on 2022. 

Meanwhile, over 800 exclusive advertisers were present on GEC with  Ullu Digital leading the list in GEC genre followed by Mangalam Matrimony.com.

Over 5600 brands advertised on GEC in 2022 with Dettol Antiseptic Liquid leading the top brand list followed by Harpic Power Plus 10x Max Clean. Also the top four brands were from Reckitt Benckiser (India).

 

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‘IPL on TV provides scale and impact for brands across categories’

At e4m TV First conference, a diverse panel of brand leaders touched upon how associating with IPL on television brings instant reach at scale and unlocks newer audiences for their brands

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 25, 2023 7:20 PM   |   4 min read

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IPL on television has been an advertiser’s delight across categories. The sheer scale of the platform and its ability to drive instant results for brands makes it a preferred medium for impact.  At the e4m TV First conference held in Mumbai on Tuesday, a panel discussion was held on the topic, ‘Television - The chosen destination for IPL viewing.’ The panel was chaired by Vanita Keswani, CEO, Madison Media Sigma - Madison World and consisted of Anjali Krishnan, Head of Media, Mondelez India, Ajay Dang, President, Head - Marketing, Ultratech - Aditya Birla Group, Lalitha Nayak, In Charge - Marketing, NPCI, Nilesh Malani, CMO, Polycab and Girish Hingorani, Head - Marketing & Ecommerce, Cooling & Purification Appliances Group, Blue Star Limited.

Ajay Dang started the discussion with his thoughts on television advertising on IPL, which according to him, is distinct for brands in terms of viewer receptiveness and engagement. “IPL on television is a brilliant platform in terms of the number of eyeballs and effective storytelling of brand messaging. I think as marketers, there are a few shining examples like Mondelez, which have leveraged the platform fabulously well. It is a fabulous platform to engage with viewers.”

Nilesh Malani then spoke about how Polycab built their brand at the back of IPL associations on television since 2018. “At Polycab, the brand building exercise started maybe a decade ago. The philosophy was let's reach out to the heartland of the country from a distribution point of view and supply chain point of view. That's where we started going to consumers and we wanted to reach out in the most effective and faster way. IPL on TV gave us the best reach in the shortest period of time. So that's the reason we chose IPL. Then in 2019, we went public. And again, we wanted to reach out to consumers with a larger portfolio of products. That's where we decided to continue our journey on IPL.”

Anjali Krishnan gave some valuable insights in terms of how brands can best creatively leverage IPL on television. “We have launched all our new campaigns on our proposition of ‘acknowledging the unacknowledged’ through IPL on TV. We’ve observed over the past few years of partnering with Star Sports for IPL that the effectiveness of our campaigns was twice as they were compared to any other inventory we bought. IPL on TV is the ideal platform to launch new brand communications. It gives you a great reach in a very short period. New users that brands want to reach out to are present on IPL on TV. IPL on TV has played a pivotal role in brand building for Cadbury Dairy Milk.”

Girish Hingorani, who has been a strong believer in IPL on TV as a media property since its inception, spoke about how the platform has been a key factor in the success of Bluestar over the years. “We’ve been advertising on IPL on TV since 2008 and have leveraged the platform every year since. IPL on TV brings the country together and associating with a platform like this brings a lot of gravitas to a brand. We have focused on consistently creating good content and IPL on television has provided the largest platform for us to launch new communication every summer.”

Lalitha Nayak went on to talk about how the demographic profiling for Rupay matched with IPL TV audiences and how the association helped the brand launch new products successfully. “We launched our ‘Rupay - On The Go’ proposition last summer through IPL on television. Demographic compatibility is a key factor for us when we look at platforms to advertise on and IPL on television was a match for us. We advertised on IPL on digital as well, but saw a high recall for the brand after we begun the TV association. IPL on TV is a clutter breaking phenomenon if you can create good content that blends in.”

 

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