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Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:00

Relive the unforgettable 90s in India

National Geographic Channel celebrates the rollercoaster decade with 2 Specials

It was the riveting ‘90s, when India has its highs and lows. It was a decade of transformation filled with tragedy, emotion and drama. Fasten your seat-belts as National Geographic Channel takes you on a roller-coaster ride of what was India’s very own ‘blockbuster decade’. The ‘90s in India had its own heroes and its own villains, sinister plots, some divine interventions and finally a highly indigenous climax. All of which has changed the face of the world’s largest democracy forever.

‘The 90s: India Rediscovered’ premieres on June 12, 2015 at 10pm and ‘The 90s: The Great Indian Dream’ premieres on June 19, 2015 at 10pm on National Geographic Channel.


• Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

• The Mandal commission and its after-effects

• The spread of fear of underworld in the financial capital of India and Bollywood

• The rise of Sachin Tendulkar

• Harshad Mehta’s dubious scheme that crashed stock market

• India’s first international beauty icons

• Outrage in Ayodhya, demolition of Babri Masjid

The 2-part special dives deep to unfold the backdrop of a brand new liberalized economy and gives a different perspective of the ‘90s where evolution and revolution went hand-in-hand, where the fate of the nation could change in the blink of an eye.  The episode also looks back at the drama of this nail biting decade with commentary by some eminent personalities like P. Chidambaram, Rajdeep Sardesai, Prahlad Kakkar, Dia Mirza, Raveena Tandon, Ram Gopal Varma, Nandita Das, Gaurav Kapoor, Uday Shankar and Shekhar Suman.

Commenting on the show, Swati Mohan, Business Head, NGC Networks and FOX International Channels said, “The 90s were perhaps the most dynamic years that shaped India’s progress and have a huge role to play in our present too. Nat Geo has always stood for landmark content that gives viewers perspective about events that changed the world. Taking the same direction, we are excited to premiere two special documentaries, both Indian productions, which look back into a decade that never saw a dull moment.”

From the horrific militancy in Kashmir to an assassination that left a nation dumbstruck, from the destruction of a centuries old place of worship to the nation-wide violence that followed, from Sachin Tendulkar’s multiple centuries on the cricket pitch to Harshad Mehta’s dubious scheme that left the stock market reeling and from the crowns that adorned the heads of India’s first international beauty icons to the series of bombs that ravaged their hometown…Catch the decade of ‘90s packaged into an explosive 2-part series only on National Geographic Channel.

Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:00

Mogae Media Launches Tango

·         Tango is India’s first ever name based calling service

·         It is an interactive platform, integrated with all phone operators that will allow brands to connect directly

Mogae Media announces the launch of Tango Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mogae Media that will lead the way in ‘performance advertising’ on mobile. Tango is breakthrough solution which will give brands the opportunity to measure direct & attributable ROI and is not dependent on availability of the internet. Tango's new B2B2C offering will enable brands to connect their (TV) Advertising with customers through a convenient/memorable ‘call-to-action’ both from feature or smartphones. Veteran ad-man Sandeep Goyal started Mogae Media in 2011.

“90% of all advertising is intended to elicit consumer response. Mostly an action that pushes brand sales. But call-to-action (CTA) on TV tends to get lost as an end-frame super (mostly dwarfed by the brand logo) either asking the customer to send an SMS or message a short-code or call an 1800-XX-XXXX number. Consumers rarely remember the number. Hence the brand never really gets the necessary bang for its buck,” says Mr. Sandeep Goyal, owner- promoter of the Moage Group. “We have invested the last 3 years in figuring out, researching, developing and perfecting a solution that makes it easy for consumers to remember and recall both the brand and its call number. And the solution works across Telco’s, and across all types of phones without needing to download an app or use the internet.”

Sandeep Bajpai, who has worked earlier at Tata DoCoMo and Spice will head Marketing, while Yogesh Sachdeva, formerly at Airtel and Aircel, will be the CTO. A new CEO is likely to join next month. 40 new recruits from IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, BITS Pilani, Delhi School of Economics, IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, IIM Rohtak, XLRI and other leading B-schools joined earlier this month, and will be based at the Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore offices of Tango.

“For the first time advertisers will be able to MEASURE response to their advertising, spot-by-spot, insertion-by-insertion. And know both whether the creative works. And which media vehicle works better. Most brand managers need to understand a simple equation: 1 TRP on television equals about 2.9 million viewers. If your market is just HSM, it is 2.32 million viewers. If you run an ad spot that garners 1 GRP viewing, at 1% response, your brand should pull 29,000 or 23,000 responses depending on your geography focus. If I am a pizza company and get those many responses directly converting to sales, I should be happy. But if your target is a higher, say 10%, with 290, 000 responses in real-time, your call-centers could get choked,” says Mr. Sandeep Goyal, owner- promoter of the Moage Group.

A muhurat order for a leading television channel has just been executed. Initial trials show very good results. Initial presentation to leading advertisers have elicited really good response, adds Goyal. The Tango product offering(s) will go live on 15 August, Independence Day.

Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

Harshad Jain promoted to CEO of Fever

HT Media Ltd. has elevated Harshad Jain to CEO of Fever. Prior to this promotion he was Business Head, Radio and Entertainment, HT Media Ltd.

He has been working with HT Media for the last four years and will lead the business which now moves into an expansion stage with M&A and Phase 3 licensing round the corner and will involve building partnerships and expanding Fever brand into new geographies and beyond FM into entertainment and digital space.

Talking about his new role, Harshad Jain, CEO – Fever, said “I’m humbled by this new role. Fever is a vibrant and dynamic organization, which has witnessed tremendous growth over the past few years. My focus will be to lead fever to the next level of growth and innovation and tap newer opportunities in the digital and entertainment space and phase 3 of FM radio.”

Harshad brings with him over 20 years of cross-sectorial experience in the FMCG and media & entertainment spaces. On completion of his business studies in Sales and Marketing he joined PepsiCo and was with them for 14 years in roles across sales, marketing and business at regional and corporate level.

Immediately prior to joining Fever, Harshad was with Bharti Airtel Ltd as Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing handling the DTH Business.

Within the 2nd week of launch, India Today Television gets the top slot

33% mkt share in All India, 33% mkt share in 6 Megacities (NCCS AB, M 22+)

If the debut wasn’t historic enough, India Today Television has created a new record by taking over the leadership slot within the 2nd week of its launch.  As per BARC ratings released for Week 22, the channel’s launch has been nothing short of extraordinary. Maximum viewership totalling 239 GVTs on 6 Megacities and 354 GVTs on All India.

India Today Television has maintained an extremely healthy sampling that's 73% over Times Now in 6 Megacities and 48% above Times Now in All India (22+ M AB). The maximum number of viewers in Prime time also watched India Today Television, double the number of Times Now Viewers in 6 Megacities and 57% more than Time Now in All India (Mon-Fri, 1900-2400, 22+ M AB).

Programming wise, India Today television also topped the charts with 4 out of top 5 programmes (22+M AB, All India).

Speaking on the ratings, Mr. Ashish Bagga, Group CEO – India Today Group said, “India Today Television aims to redefine the TV news space with pioneering content and a multidimensional visual format. This backed with the gold standard of journalism that India Today has always stood for,  is drawing unprecedented attention and we are extremely delighted to see this viewership. We will keep working hard to raise the bar and to become the single most important knowledge source for the viewer”.

ID-Investigation Discovery will explore America's most compelling mysteries in a new series True Crime with Aphrodite Jones .

The series will feature intrepid investigations into headline-making crime stories. Crime reporter and best-selling author Aphrodite Jones will personally interview the people behind these offenses to bring out hidden facts and solve the mystery of true crimes.

True Crime with Aphrodite Jones  will premiere on June 14th 2015 and will air every Sunday at 9PM, on ID.

Each episode will follow Jones as she visits the scene of the crime in question, using her instincts to follow unique and surprising angles to separate truth from rumour behind the headlines. In her investigations, Jones will present compelling evidence and theories that will allow viewers to rethink their personal conclusions in some of the most enduring and baffling mysteries of all time.

In every episode, Jones will explore the different locations connected to murder cases and talk to people connected with the case including the perpetrators themselves. Jones will bring new information to every case and find new evidence or images that shed new light on the intriguing cases.

Aphrodite Jones is specialised for her non-fiction true crime stories. Jones is driven to get inside the minds of killers and is always striving to understand what drives these criminals to perform such despicable acts. Jones believes that understanding the trigger points of these people will reveal opportunities to protect ourselves against crime in our own lives.

Watch True Crime with Aphrodite Jones  only on ID


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