“In their rush for aggregating volume and growing in size, media agencies have knowingly or unknowingly brought down value for broadcasters and for themselves… Will this not impact industry growth?” asks Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India and President, IBF.
There are a lucky few among us who love the shoes they are in, and being a journalist is that mode for Fatema Rajkotwala. Broadcast industry is her forte and her enthusiasm is infectious as she charts out her growth path for 2011. And in the process, the lady has managed to shed her ‘numerophobia’.
After winning the sixth <font size=0.7>IMPACT</font> Person of the Year, Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India, reiterated the fact that he is a quintessential performer of the Indian media industry, and one of the few examples of meteoric success in the industry in last 15 years. In a dialogue with exchange4media after winning this prestigious industry award, Shankar shared more on his journey from being a ‘<em>Jholawala Patrakar</em>’ to a Chief Executive Officer. The event was presented by Jagran.
“You can’t be a leader and be modest. But I do feel that generally, we all should be modest… but leadership is about confidence, and about communicating that confidence. It may very easily be the case where a confident assertion is misunderstood for arrogance, and sometimes while communicating that confidence a knock on your head teaches you a lesson,” says Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India.
With much euphoria, the team representing India at AdAsia in 2007 announced AdAsia would be back for the third time to be hosted in India in 2011. The Organising Committee led by Mudra’s Madhukar Kamath, with the backing of Advisory Board chaired by Mahindra & Mahindra’s Anand Mahindra, has the show rolling. Much ground has to be covered by November 2011, when AdAsia would be hosted in New Delhi – the OC speaks on plans ahead.
...To a number of shows that keep you on top. At least that is what seems to be working for Star Plus right now. Despite some of the big ticket shows on Hindi general entertainment channels, Star Plus has stayed comfortably ahead of competition. Is the ‘three-on-top’ or ‘no clear leader’ syndrome of the Hindi GEC still valid?
The Indian Television Distribution Networks Congress 2010, an exchange4media Group initiative, was held in the Capital on February 18. The Congress saw Sameer Manchanda and Uday Shankar deliver the key note addresses, where they touched upon a wide array of topics ranging from digitisation, broadband, advertising revenues, and cable versus DTH, among others.
Last week, in an expected yet interesting development, Rajesh Kamat was announced the COO of Viacom18 Group – essentially meaning more than Colors falling on Kamat’s plate and the conversation in many office corridors was that Kamat is the ‘opening flavour of the year’. And in all the conversations I’ve had on this, the discussion comes back to Uday Shankar. For every thought that Shankar is going to face another tough year, there is another one of ‘hats off to the man’. And that is the very thing about being Uday Shankar...