Zuckerberg's visit to India receives positive reviews with a few exceptions

While media platforms covered every step of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit extensively & cheeringly, there has been some disappointment over controlled press interaction & pre-censored questions

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Oct 13, 2014 10:05 AM  | 3 min read
Zuckerberg's visit to India receives positive reviews with a few exceptions

Facebook’s Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to India, following global CEOs Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has been in media spotlight for several reasons.

Zuckerberg met PM Modi and showed keen interest in Facebook contributing to Digital India agenda, Clean India mobile app to help the Swacch Bharat mission and discussed with the PM how to increase internet literacy along with connectivity. A statement from PMO said that PM Modi sought Zuckerberg’s advice and help to promote tourism to India and help combat terrorism.

The visit was much appreciated for the kind of initiatives Zuckerberg announced. He proposed a pilot project to employ drones for better broadband connectivity in remote areas, in fact India could be the first country to witness such an initiative. He also proposed that Facebook could positively contribute to National Optical Fibre Network programme (NOFN) to provide villages with high-speed internet and the intent to set up a server in India for drone generated data transmission.

Zuckerberg even visited a village in Rajasthan’s Alwar district called Chandoli, visited school children and discussed how the place is helping internet connectivity to improve.

While media platforms covered every step of Zuckerberg’s visit extensively, there has been some disappointment with the visit too.

At his keynote speech at internet.org summit in Delhi, Zuckerberg spoke about major barriers that prevent Indians from being connected with the rest of the world. These are infrastructure barriers, economic barriers in terms of affordability and social barriers where he stated that “80% of the content on the internet is in just 10 languages. This plays a major role in rural India to adopt internet as their solution for any content.” Zuckerberg also announced “We’ve a fund of $1 million to help the developers build and scale apps that will help farmers and migrant workers and students and women and we’re going to fund top apps in each of these categories.”

Post the speech, Zuckerberg answered questions fielded by media; however, reportedly, several members of the media have shown disappointment with his interaction stating he gave preference to international media, neglecting questions from Indian/regional media, especially having stressed on the importance of local language content. It is also being said that the questions seemed to be pre-censored and the press conference was cautiously controlled.

Below are some tweets on the press conference:

rama lakshmi @RamaNewDelhi
At Facebook event to expand online population, MarkZuckerberg spoke of local language content deficit. Yet no non- English media at presser!
3:29 PM - 9 Oct 2014

Madhavan Narayanan   @madversity
Facebook seems to have censored questions at press condference. Shame.
3:26 PM - 9 Oct 2014

kashish @_kashish_
Pre screened, 'censored' questions at the Facebook press conference today...and the media persons handling the press obnoxious!
3:30 PM - 9 Oct 2014


kashish @_kashish_
shocked at the 'censorship' of questions by Facebook. No tv journo allowed a question, most Qs given to international media. No explanations
3:38 PM - 9 Oct 2014

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IN10 Media Network announces launch of second GEC Nazara

The channel will go on air on April 1, 2023

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 30, 2023 9:14 AM   |   1 min read

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IN10 Media Network to expand its market share in the Hindi entertainment space with the launch of its second general entertainment channel – Nazara.

Aditya Pittie, Managing Director of IN10 Media Network said, “Keeping in line with our vision to scale our broadcast business, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new GEC channel – Nazara. We are confident it will be a successful addition to our varied bouquet of channels and look forward to providing more content options to the GEC viewers.” 

The channel aims to capture the audience’s interest with shows from varied genres like drama, crime, comedy, mythology, and many more.

Preeti Kedia, AVP – Content & Strategy, Nazara added, “Our latest offering, Nazara, will bolster our hold in the Hindi-speaking markets. We will collaborate with the best in the industry by focusing on telling stories that are entertaining, engaging and relevant in today’s times. We aim to be the go-to destination for entertainment.”

The channel has numerous originals in the pipeline and are under production.

The network has five channels (EPIC, ShowBox, Filamchi Bhojpuri, Gubbare, and Ishara) on air catering to different genres and meeting the varied content consumption of Indian audiences.

Nazara will go on air on April 1, 2023, and will be available on leading platforms across India.

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ZEE settles dispute with IndusInd over dues, paves way for Sony merger

The company made the announcement in a regulatory filing

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 30, 2023 8:33 AM   |   1 min read

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ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited said that it has entered into an agreement to settle its dispute with IndusInd Bank, paving way for its merger with Sony.

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) stayed the insolvency plea against ZEEL based on a petition filed by IndusInd Bank to the National Company Law (NCLT).

“The company and IndusInd Bank Ltd have entered into a settlement agreement by which all disputes and claims have been settled between the company and IndusInd Bank Ltd,” said the company in a regulatory filing.

IndusInd had filed a plea before the Mumbai bench of the NCLT to initiate insolvency against ZEEL, stating that the company defaulted on dues worth Rs 83.08 crore.

NCLT had appointed Sanjeev Kumar Jalan as the interim resolution professional in the matter. Punit Goenka, the MD and CEO of ZEEL, had moved the appellate tribunal challenging NCLT’s order, following which NCLAT had stayed the proceedings.

The settlement of the disputes will clear a major obstacle from ZEE’s path as it looks to merge with former rival Culver Max Entertainment Pvt Ltd, formerly known as Sony Pictures Networks India.

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Up-linking & downlinking of satellite TV channels clause: No change in MIB's stand

Stakeholders had sought clarification on Clause 11(3) (f), saying that the it could be misinterpreted

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 29, 2023 3:44 PM   |   2 min read

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The government has issued a clarification on policy guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of satellite TV channels. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has refused to change its stance with regard to Clause 11(3) (f) of the Policy Guidelines that talks about a company sharing Satellite TV Channel signal reception decoders.

The clarification on Clause 11(3) (f) was sought by stakeholders. The ministry said it received suggestions and requests from stakeholders that the clause could be misinterpreted.

According to the clause, “a company shall provide Satellite TV Channel signal reception decoders to MSOs or Cable Operators registered under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 or to a DTH operator registered under the DTH guidelines or to an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Service Provider duly permitted under their existing Telecom License or authorized by Department of Telecommunications or to a HITS operator duly permitted under the policy guidelines for HITS operators issued by the Ministry.”

Some stakeholders have suggested that this clause could be misinterpreted to allow permission holders of Satellite TV Channels to provide signal reception decoders to various entities who were previously not permitted under the policy guidelines of 2011.

“However, the Ministry's stance on this matter remains unchanged from the policy guidelines of 2011. Accordingly, it is reaffirmed that the permitted entities may only provide TV Channel Signal Decoders to MSOs/Cable Operators registered under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, DTH Operators registered under the DTH guidelines issued by the government, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Service Provider duly permitted under their existing Telecom License or authorized by Department of Telecommunications and HITS Operator duly permitted under the Policy Guidelines for HITS operators issued by the MIB,” the ministry notification said.

Policy Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite TV Channels came out in November last year.

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Indian Youth Congress serves legal notice to Sudhir Chaudhary

The notice mentions the remarks made by the anchor hours after Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as an MP

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 28, 2023 8:23 PM   |   1 min read

IYC

The Indian Youth Congress has served legal notice to Sudhir Chaudhary, Consulting Editor, Aaj Tak, for allegedly defaming party leader Rahul Gandhi.

The notice states that civil and criminal proceedings will be initiated against the channel and the anchor unless they delete the video from all platforms, telecast an unconditional apology from the channel, and post it on Twitter.

The legal notice, sent on Sunday, added that the channel’s official Twitter handle had also posted a video of the clip from Sudhir’s show ‘Black and White’ wherein he can be seen comparing Rahul Gandhi with someone who has been accused and caught for an offence of robbery.

“You have deliberately and maliciously compared Mr Rahul Gandhi with someone accused and caught for an offence of robbery even though you are fully aware that Mr Gandhi has been raising his objections to the offence committed by Nirav Modi and is seeking accountability from the Government of India,” read the notice.

The notice also mentions the remarks made by the anchor hours after Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as an MP following his conviction in a defamation case. It points to what “appears to be a well-crafted conspiracy initiated at the behest of Mr Gandhi’s political opponent”, it read.



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Fighting for the voice of India, ready to pay any price-Sudhir Chaudhary

Chaudhary was responding to the legal notice served by The Indian Youth Congress

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 28, 2023 7:43 PM   |   1 min read

Sudhir Chaudhary

After the legal notice issued by the Indian Youth Congress to Sudhir Chaudhary, Consulting Editor, Aaj Tak, for allegedly defaming party leader Rahul Gandhi, Chaudhary took to Twitter to respond-“I am fighting for the voice of India. I am ready to pay any price”, he wrote.

The notice issued by Youth Congress states that civil and criminal proceedings will be initiated against the channel and the anchor unless they delete the video from all platforms, telecast an unconditional apology from the channel, and post it on Twitter.

“You have deliberately and maliciously compared Mr Rahul Gandhi with someone accused and caught for an offence of robbery even though you are fully aware that Mr Gandhi has been raising his objections to the offence committed by Nirav Modi and is seeking accountability from the Government of India,” read the notice.

The notice also mentions the remarks made by the anchor hours after Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as an MP following his conviction in a defamation case. It points to what “appears to be a well-crafted conspiracy initiated at the behest of Mr Gandhi’s political opponent”, it read.



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ABP’s Shobhna Yadav joins Zee News

Yadav used to host the evening prime time show on ABP News

By Ruhail Amin | Mar 27, 2023 10:06 PM   |   1 min read

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ABP’s senior news anchor Shobhana Yadav has quit and joined Zee News as senior news anchor. 

Yadav used to host the evening prime time show on ABP News. Rajnish Ahuja, Editor, Zee News confirmed this news to e4m.

Along with news anchoring, Shobhana Yadav is known for being a succesful film producer. Recently, the film 'Dasvin' produced by her was well received by the audience. Renowned Hindi cinema actor Abhishek Bachchan has played an important role in this fim.

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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NDTV Board appoints UK Sinha and Dipali Goenka as Independent Directors

Sinha has served as the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 27, 2023 9:20 PM   |   1 min read

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U.K. Sinha and Dipali Goenka have been appointed Independent Directors of NDTV for a period of two years effective March 27, 2023, based on the recommendations of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and subject to the approval of shareholders and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. U.K. Sinha has also been designated as Non-Executive Chairperson of NDTV. 

Sinha has served as the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) between 2011 and 2017. Under his stewardship, SEBI is credited with having brought in significant regulatory amendments in areas such as Takeover Code, Foreign Portfolio Investors and Alternate Investment Funds.

Goenka is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Welspun India Limited. 

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