The week that went by was marked with some key events. On the national front, India continued its fight against coronavirus. On April 14, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation, revealing the government’s plans to extend the lockdown to the end of the month. This means India will continue with its work-from-home schedule for yet another fortnight.
There were many developments from the world of advertising and media as well.
Controversy brewed when a mass gathering of over 2,000 immigrant labourers in Bandra started a war of words between the centre and the state government. ABP Majha journalist Rahul Kulkarni was charged and arrested for spreading “fake” news about special trains for migrants.
Following this, the news industry strongly condemned the journo’s arrest, calling it an attack on free press. NBA wrote a strongly-worded letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray and BEA expressed its displeasure. Rahul Kulkarni was granted bail eventually.
Several organisations reached out to the government for assistance to help industries tide over the economic crisis in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. AAAI sent its list of recommendations for business continuity. INS sought help, requesting a two-year tax holiday and removal of 5% customs duty on newsprint among other demands.
There were significant people movements as well. Sudhanshu Vats of Viacom18 resigned from his post as MD and Group CEO and joined Essel Propack. Rahul Joshi has taken over the role of MD at Viacom18, after Sudhanshu’s departure.
Ranjita Sehgal will be taking over as Revenue Head for moneycontrol.
Rohan Mishra has been named the head of Helo India.
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