Sourav Majumdar joins Entrepreneur as Editor-in-Chief

Mr. Sourav Majumdar, who is among the country’s most seasoned financial journalists, has joined the Network18 Group as the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur, India’s first magazine for entrepreneurs and their businesses. In addition to heading Entrepreneur, Mr. Majumdar will also be associated with firstpost.com.

Mr. Majumdar has 18 years’ experience in key editorial positions in financial dailies. He has worked as the Resident Editor, Kolkata with Business Standard and Deputy Executive Editor, Financial Express, based out of Mumbai.

Mr. Majumdar has covered the financial markets and corporate sector extensively and is also responsible for several special projects at The Financial Express, like the FE Best Banks, FE-500 and the FE Round Table Series in both print and television. He has also had a stint in the corporate sector as Group Head, Corporate Brand Communications at the RPG Group.

Dilip Venkatraman Appointed Ceo Of CNN-IBN

To drive the next level of growth for India’s No.1 English News Channel

N. Dilip Venkatraman, CMO, CNN-IBN, IBN7, IBN-Lokmat & COO, IBN Focus, has been assigned the mandate to lead Network18′s English News Channel, CNN-IBN as CEO, with immediate effect. In his new role, Venkatraman will be responsible for the strategic, financial and operational management of India’s No.1 English News Channel. Earlier, he was leading marketing operations for all existing and upcoming IBN channels and managing IBN Focus, the alternative media solutions unit for the channels. Apart from his leadership role in building CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat into the country’s leading news brands, Venkatraman is known for conceptualizing benchmark properties at the Network including CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, Real Heroes, IBN7 Diamond States Awards, Citizen Journalist Awards and IBN7 Super Idols. (more…)

Anil Uniyal Appointed Ceo of CNBC-TV18 & CNBC AWAAZ

To drive the next level of growth in India’s No.1 Business News Network

Anil Uniyal, COO, Network18 Media & Business Head, TV18 Media Operations, has been assigned the mandate to lead Network18′s business news channels, CNBC-TV18 & CNBC AWAAZ as CEO, with immediate effect. In his new role, Uniyal will be responsible for the strategic, financial and operational management of India’s No.1 business news network and will report into Sai kumar, Group COO, Network 18. Earlier, Anil was leading the commercial arm of the Group, Network18 Media with responsibilities for driving the topline for the CNBC Channels and Forbes India. Anil Uniyal brings over a decade of experience in sales and sales strategy and has been with Network18 since 2001. Anil has played a leadership role in building different revenue verticals for Network18 – from inventory sales to setting up the customized solutions business for the CNBC Channels and other business brands in the Group. Anil began his career as an entrepreneur, running a media services and consulting enterprise. (more…)

Ajay Chacko Appointed President of Networks18-AETN JV

Network18 and A&E Television Networks (AETN) today announced the appointment of Ajay Chacko as President of AETN18 MEDIA PVT. LTD, the recently announced joint venture between AETN and Network18.

Based in Mumbai, Mr. Chacko will be responsible for the day-to-day operational, strategic and financial management of the joint venture and its suite of channels and services.

AETN18 plans to launch HISTORY™, BIO™, Crime & Investigation Network™ and other popular AETN entertainment channels in the Indian market. The timeline for these launches is expected to be announced shortly. (more…)

Recommended Offer For The Indian Film Company By Roptonal Limited (a subsidiary of Viacom 18 Media Private Limited)

Please refer to the earlier announcement on the above made on 5 July 2010. The Board ofDirectors of Roptonal Limited, Cyprus, a subsidiary of Viacom 18 Media Private Limited(“Viacom18”) announced today an offer for the issued share capital of The Indian Film Company(“TIFC”), a company that is listed on the AIM Stock Exchange in UK, at a price of 115.56 penceper TIFC Share. The offer is recommended by the Independent Directors of the Board of TIFC.The offer, in accordance with the UK Takeover Code, is subject to terms and conditions ascontained in the announcement. For text of the announcement, you may refer to TIFC’swebsite at www.theindianfilmcompany.com. (more…)

A&E Television Networks & Network18 Form Landmark Joint Venture In India

To Launch HISTORY™, BIO™ & other factual entertainment channels

A&E Television Networks, LLC (AETN) and Network18 Group have reached an agreement to form a joint venture, AETN-18 India.

AETN-18 will launch HISTORY™, BIO™ and other popular AETN channels in the Indian market. AETN is the fastest growing pay television company in the United States operating two of the top five Pay TV networks – HISTORY™ and A&E™, and the number one women’s network, Lifetime. In addition, HISTORY™ is the number one factual channel in the US since 2009.

The joint venture between Network18 Group (51%) and AETN (49%) will be based in Mumbai. This venture will be owned by AETN and ‘New TV18’ eventually (the broadcasting business company post-recently announced restructuring). Timelines for the launch of various channels will be announced shortly and all new business operations are subject to regulatory approval. BMR Advisors acted as transaction advisors to Network18 Group. (more…)

Moneycontrol.com Ab Hindi Mein!

Think profits in your home language

The long wait for a complete financial portal in the language of millions of Indians is over. Moneycontrol.com, India’s No. 1 financial portal, helping investors in India and abroad to steadily enhance their wealth over the last decade is now available in Hindi. The launch of www.hindimoneycontrol.com was announced by Shri Joyson Tomas, COO, moneycontrol.com, at a press conference in Jaipur today – one of the biggest markets for Hindi speaking investors. (more…)

Fire up IPL Season 3 With the Best Cricketing Minds On CNN-IBN & IBN7

~Harsha Bhogle, Cyrus Broacha, Sunil Gavaskar and Maninder Singh to provide expert analysis ~

As cricket fans eagerly await the start of the third season of IPL, CNN-IBN & IBN7 are all set to start a special line-up of programming that will feature for the first time game’s leading cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, who will bring his special charm and expertise to the line-up. Also the programming will feature the legendary Sunil Gavaskar who will provide his perspective to the game during the entire IPL tournament.
To take the IPL crescendo to the maximum Cyrus Broacha will accompany Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar to provide an unsurpassed combination of seriousness and lightheartedness. Also IBN7 will bring its viewers comprehensive reviews on every match played as ex-spin master Maninder Singh will accompany the inimitable Harsha Bhogle during the special programming on the channel.

Programming starts from 1st March to 25th April 2010 will be divided in two stages, pre tournament from March 1st – 11th, and tournament stage from 12th March to 25th April. With over 300 hours of programming between the two channels, the programming will have wide spread coverage with an unparalleled access to the most exciting series in the game that truly has the nation’s heart beat as one.

CNN-IBN brings upon the Pre tournament programming which includes Cricketainment, a series of special shows like ;Impact of T-20 cricket, look back on IPL-I 2008 & IPL-II 2009, special on 2008 and 2009 IPL winners, special on 2008 and 2009 IPL finalists, special shows on the teams from Delhi, Punjab, Kolkata and Mumbai and a peek ahead to IPL-III with Harsha Bhogle which will air at 8:30pm everyday from March 2nd – 5th and from March 9th to 11th .Also there will be one hour special on team owners and big players anchored by Rajdeep Sardesai on 6th /7th March followed by ‘Kaun Jeetega IPL’ at 8pm on 11th March where the great minds including Harsha Bhogle, Cyrus Broacha, Sunil Gavaskar and Rajdeep Sardesai will discuss the fate of IPL –III.
The programming during the tournament on CNN-IBN from March 12 to April 25 includes
Special programming with Cyrus Broacha at 7:30 AM with a repeat telecast at 10:30 AM featuring IPL trivia
Sports Tonight at 7:30 PM with special segments devoted to IPL
Cricketainment with Cyrus Broacha at 11:30 PM

The pre tournament programming on IBN7 hosted by Harsha Bhogle and Maninder Singh will have ‘Harsha Bhogle Ke Saath’, a special show from March 1st – 5th and from March 8th – 10that 7:30pm Also a one hour special ‘Kaun Jeetega IPL’ on March 12thon the same time.

The programming on IBN7 during the IPL tournament includes: “Cricket ka Mahayudh” each day at 7:30am, 9:30am, 7:30pm, 11:30pm, and also at 3pm (on days when there are two matches),

Speaking about the special programming, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN18 Network said, “With IPL fever in the air, we bring the viewers this special programming to update them on all the action on and off the field. With the skilled evaluation of Sunil Gavaskar, Maninder Singh and Harsha Bhogle accompanied by a generous dash of entertainment provided by the effervescent wit of Cyrus Broacha we seek to provide an unparalleled viewing experience”

Speaking on the occasion, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, said, “With our panel of commentators and guest presenters we bring an unbeatable combination of information and entertainment for the third season of the IPL. So join the excitement with a lineup of programming which will surely keep all cricket lovers glued to their seats.”

HATIM KANTAWALLA TAKES CHARGE AS GROUP TECHNOLOGY EDITOR AT NETWORK 18

Mumbai, June 04, 2009: Network 18 today announced the appointment of Mr. Hatim Kantawalla as its Group Technology Editor. He has over nine years of editorial, general and project management experience with tech media companies in India and the Middle East. In this capacity, he will be in-charge of the editorial operations of Network18’s tech media brands – Chip (a monthly magazine licensed from Hubert Burda, Germany and published by Infomedia18), T3 (a monthly magazine licensed from Future Publishing, UK and published by Infomedia18), tech2.com and biztech2.com.

Prior to joining Network 18, Mr. Hatim Kantawalla was the Associate Publisher of PC Magazine and was responsible for the business unit’s P&L in Dubai, UAE. He has previously worked in the capacity of Editor-in-chief for magazines like PC Magazine M&NE, ARN and the Official Playstation Magazine. And prior to that, he was the Deputy Head-Test Centre for CHIP, Network Computing and CRN at Jasubhai Digital Media, India. Mr. Hatim Kantawalla holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. A die-hard tech enthusiast, at various times during his career, he has also been responsible for overall technological direction and management of the IT Infrastructure of the companies he has worked with.

Speaking on his appointment at Network18, Mr. Hatim Kantawalla said, “I am extremely pleased to be back in India, and more specifically happy to have joined Network18 as the Group Technology Editor. The technology media space is vibrant as ever, and I am excited to be part of a team that has made significant strides over the past few years in print, online and television.”

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Senthil Chengalvarayan – President & Group Editorial Director, TV18 Business Media said “Network18′s editorial competency is fairly diverse – ranging from business and general news to infotainment, entertainment and sports. As India’s leading content generators, technology is a key focus area for us and we need only the best to lead us in it. Consequently, we’re happy to welcome Hatim into the network who has a wealth of experience and the right pedigree to take our technology content to take the next level.”

Network18[BSE: 532798,NSE: Network18] is one of India’s leading full play media conglomerates with interests in television, print, internet, filmed entertainment, mobile content and allied businesses.  Through its holding in Television Eighteen India Ltd (TV18) [BSE: 532299, NSE: TV-18], Network18 operates India’s leading business news television channels, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC Awaaz.  It also runs one of India’s largest Internet players – Web18, as well as one of India’s leading real time financial information and news terminals – Newswire18. TV18 has recently expanded into print with Infomedia18, a newly formed entity following the acquisition of Infomedia, India’s leading player in the special interest publishing and printing operations space. Through its holding in ibn18 Broadcast Ltd (ibn18) [BSE: 532800,NSE: ibn18], Network18 operates in the general news and entertainment space with leading general news channels CNN-IBN and IBN7 and has launched IBN Lokmat, a Marathi news channel in partnership with the Lokmat group. ibn18 also operates a joint venture with Viacom, called Viacom18 which houses the MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon channels in India – as also Studio18, the Group’s filmed entertainment operation and has launched ‘Colors’, a Hindi general entertainment channel.  Additionally, Network18 holds the Group’s online & on-air home shopping venture, Homeshop18, its full spectrum events management venture, E18 and its sports management & marketing division, Sports18. In a pioneering foray, the group recently launched Forbes India, the nation’s first local edition of a foreign news magazine title and the world’s most influential business brand, in collaboration with Forbes media. For more information, log on to www.network18online.com


NETWORK 18 POWERS IDEA SUBSCRIBERS WITH GENERAL NEWS, MONEY & TECHNOLOGY CONTENT

Network 18 has introduced co-branded WAP properties with IDEA Cellular, one of the leading mobile operators for over 41 million subscribers across the country. Under the same, Network 18 has customized its Finance, News & Technology content services for IDEA Cellular, keeping in mind the unique needs of subscribers. The services will be powered by category leaders: moneycontrol.com, IBNLive.com & Tech2.com.

Speaking about the initiative Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, IDEA Cellular, said “In line with our commitment to offer innovative value added services for our subscribers, IDEA Cellular in association with Network 18 services, will now introduce a range of extremely rich content around General News, Money & Technology. The sites will offer information and updates with text, video and pictures in a crisp, mobile-friendly format for IDEA GPRS subscribers on the move. This is yet another initiative that allows our subscribers to access the best web services on the Idea WAP Portal itself.”

According to Mr. Rahul Pandey, Mobile Business Head (Network18), “These unique offerings are a great beginning for us, considering IDEA Cellular is one of the leading Telecom Players in India with vast presence across India. With the combined expertise of Network 18 and IDEA Cellular, we will be able to serve the masses in a better manner by offering the best of content to IDEA Users”.

These services will be available to GPRS Users of IDEA across 15 telecom circles in India. The service can be accessed on IDEA’s WAP portal- wap.ideaFresh.com. The daily, weekly and monthly subscription for News & Tech 2 content is priced at Rs. 3, Rs. 10, and Rs. 30 respectively. The subscription price for Finance content is Rs. 5/day, Rs 15/week and Rs. 50/month.
Mobile18 is a part of Web18 Software Services and is the mobile arm of Network 18 group. Network18 is one of India’s largest media conglomerate, a rich source of content and Mobile18 helps in offering this content on Mobile Phones. Television content from the Network’s diverse assortment of channels such as CNBC, CNN IBN, CNBC Awaaz, etc and online content from Web18’s portals such as Moneycontrol.com, Cricketnext.com, etc form the largest chunk of offerings from Mobile18.

Mobile 18 has developed the WAP sites for Moneycontrol.com, IBNLive, IN.com, Cricketnext.com, Tech2.com, In.com & Buzz18.com. Mobile18 also will be the first one to introduce an innovative launcher on WAP that will give direct access to all their WAP properties on a single platform.

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