23 September 2023 00:44

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True to its name, ‘Duologue with Barun Das’ is a freewheeling influencer conversation now honoured as the most cerebral show on OTT in India. Only on News9 Plus, the world’s first OTT News platform featuring India’s top thought leaders, it provides a space for a credible and impactful intellectual exploration.

Barun Das, the MD and CEO, TV9 Network, India's largest television news network, has been presented with a prestigious award at the esteemed IWMBuzz Digital Awards 2023. Known for his transformative leadership, disruptive ideas, and unwavering commitment towards innovation, ‘Duologue with Barun Das’ has emerged as a genre-defining talk show.

His visionary approach led to the creation of News9 Plus, the world's first news OTT platform, where he not only oversees the management of TV9 Network but also shines as the charismatic host of the remarkable show, ‘Duologue with Barun Das’.

Amidst a glimmering star-studded evening on the 18th of June in Mumbai, News9 Plus's 'Duologue with Barun Das' claimed a prestigious accolade, earning the esteemed title of 'The Most Cerebral Show on Streaming Platforms' at the IWMBuzz Digital Awards 2023. The event dazzled with the presence of renowned luminaries from the entertainment universe, such as Sunil Shetty, Huma Qureshi, Rajkummar Rao, Jim Sarbh, and Aditi Rao Hydari. Notably, Manoj Vajpayee, Kartik Aryan, Arjun Kapoor, and Bhuvam Bam emerged triumphant, securing significant wins during the memorable awards night.

Through the first season of ‘Duologue’, Barun Das has engaged in insightful conversations with thought leaders who are at the forefront of shaping a new India, attracting the keen attention of the global community.

Esteemed guests featured on ‘Duologue with Barun Das’ include Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, NR Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty, Sadhguru, Mithali Raj, and Subhash Chandra.

During his acceptance speech, Barun Das said, “While running news networks, I often observed, India frequently becomes the subject of distorted narratives in the hands of Western media, leaving us at the receiving end. I felt India desperately needed a platform which can drive its narrative in the global arena and protect itself from biased motivated point of view. At News9 Plus, which is the first News 0TT in the world of its kind, my vision is to make it a global opinion forum, which will serve the much-needed purpose of giving us a voice in the global arena which is long overdue.”

According to Barun Das, “News9 Plus stands as a revolutionary platform due to three key aspects. Firstly, it is about converting news and current affairs into engaging content. Secondly, it enables the discerning English-speaking audience to watch what they want, when they want. And the third aspect is the quality of content which is at par with world-class production that an English news channel or OTT can have.”

In 2022, the remarkable show 'Duologue with Barun Das' was honoured at the prestigious AFAQS Future of News 2022. The show's outstanding design and packaging earned it the coveted 'Best Set Design’ Silver Award.

“Duologue with Barun Das is a one- of- a-kind OTT show with legends and legends in the making. This show has made waves among the Genflix, the impact of ‘Duologue’ is undeniable, as evidenced by the extensive coverage it has received from over a hundred international digital publications. And I’m delighted the IWMBuzz award recognises its ferociously unique cerebral proposition,” Sandeep Unnithan, Editor, News9 Plus

Show Director Kartik Malhotra, reflecting on the recognition, highlighted Barun's exceptional abilities. “Not everyone has a flair for the camera. It’s not easy to hold a conversation with the spotlight shining bright in your face. Even the best of anchors get intimidated when the conversation steers away from the script. But with Barun, that’s not the case. He is as comfortable on camera as he is in his boardroom. Razor sharp to pick up on any view his guests offer and drum up an analogy or a counter narrative as if it’s all scripted. He is impromptu, calm, and well thought through in his every articulation during the recordings of Duologue.”

The series is adapted from the Hindi book ‘Reporter ki Diary’ authored by journalist\news reporter Sanjay Singh, who is credited with breaking the story of the scam back in the time.

Scam 2003 brings the story of the 2003 Stamp Paper Scam by Abdul Karim Telgi. The series promises to be an intriguing watch as it will capture the life of Abdul Karim Telgi, born in Khanapur in Karnataka, and his journey to becoming the mastermind behind one of India’s most ingenious scams spread across 18 states which shook the entire country. It is estimated that the scam value was around Rs. 20,000 crores.

The show features Kiran Yadnyopavit, known for his contribution to the Marathi film industry, to write and develop the story along with author Sanjay Singh.

Scam 2003 is produced by Applause entertainment in association with Studio Next. The series is helmed by Hansal Mehta and directed by Tushar Hiranandani.

Watch Scam 2003: The Telgi Story on 02nd September 2023 only on Sony LIV!

India’s Longest Running Show on Startups and Entrepreneurship.

'Young Turks@21' to Feature Exclusive Content from the Front Lines of the AI Revolution, Led by Shereen Bhan

CNBC-TV18, India's premier English business news brand, proudly marks a significant milestone as it celebrates the 21st anniversary of its flagship show, 'Young Turks'. Since its inception in 2002, Young Turks has been at the forefront of the Indian business news landscape, showcasing fearless entrepreneurs who have pushed boundaries and established pioneering and sustainable businesses.

To commemorate this achievement, CNBC-TV18 presents the special line-up of 'Young Turks@21'. This year, the show will travel to the United States, specifically Silicon Valley, to bring viewers exclusive content from the front lines of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution. Led by Shereen Bhan, the series will feature in-depth conversations with global executives, thought leaders, and investors, in what promises to be yet another highly successful season of "Young Turks - Voices From The Valley".

Viewers can expect an exciting array of special shows, interviews, and special associations with prominent personalities and startup entrepreneurs such as Anand Rajaraman, Founding Partner, Rocketship VC; Ravi Kumar, CEO, Cognizant; Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Managing Director, Nexus VP; Dev Khare, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners; Raviraj Jain, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners; Deep Nishar, MD, General Catalyst; Bhavin Pandya, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Games 24x7; Trivikraman Thampy, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Games 24x7; Nitin Seth, CEO, Incedo Inc.; Deepak Raj, Founder, Raj Associates; Sri Satish Ambati, Co-founder & CEO, H2O.ai; Vaikkunth Mugunthan, Co-founder & CEO, DynamoFL; Ashutosh Garg, Founder & CEO, Eightfold AI;; Raghu Ravinutala, Co-founder & CEO, Yellow.ai; and Keith Peiris, Co-founder & CEO, Tome.

The focus of this year's discussions will revolve around the AI revolution. The series will explore a wide range of topics, including the invention of machine learning, its role in enabling AI systems to learn and improve performance over time, and the profound impact it will have on various aspects of our lives. These insightful conversations will delve into the transformative potential of AI and address the necessary guardrails to ensure its safe and ethical implementation.

The on-air programming and social content will serve as a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone interested in the future of artificial intelligence. It will demonstrate how AI is solving problems, creating new products and services, and disrupting established industries. The series will also shed light on the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating AI into the startup economy. As part of the 21st-year celebrations of Young Turks, CNBC-TV18 will release specially curated videos on social platforms, featuring engaging topics such as 21 innovations that have shaped the startup ecosystem in recent years, drawn from the extensive Young Turks archives.

Sharing her enthusiasm, Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 and Series Editor, Young Turks, stated, "As Young Turks, India's longest-running show focusing on startups and entrepreneurship, celebrates its 21st anniversary, we return with a brand-new season of ‘Voices from The Valley’. This dynamic season will feature a diverse line-up of global faces, including seasoned entrepreneurs, executives and emerging innovators and disruptors. They will share their distinctive perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities within the tech industry while offering valuable insights into the trajectory of AI in the years to come. Whether you are a veteran or a newcomer, Young Turks - Voices from the Valley has something to offer to everyone."

Tune into Young Turks@21 – ‘Voices from the Valley’ throughout the month of June on CNBC-TV18 and CNBCTV18.com

In an era plagued by misinformation and unreliable news sources, we are thrilled to announce the launch of "Khabar Pakki Hai," a revolutionary news show dedicated to providing viewers with accurate and credible news stories.

With the proliferation of information, it has become increasingly challenging for audiences to discern between accurate and misleading news. "Khabar Pakki Hai" is here to address this concern by guaranteeing thorough research and delivering news stories that are 100% accurate and credible.

Recognizing the vital role of trustworthy news sources in shaping public opinion, "Khabar Pakki Hai" has allocated a dedicated time slot and implemented a rigorous fact-checking process. Our goal is to combat the spread of misinformation and reinforce the importance of responsible journalism.

Each episode of "Khabar Pakki Hai" features ten meticulously researched news stories, ensuring authenticity and reliability. Our dedicated team leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of truth, verifying sources, cross-referencing information, and consulting experts. With "Khabar Pakki Hai," viewers can have confidence that the news they receive is based on verified and accurate information.

The name "Khabar Pakki Hai" epitomizes our commitment to delivering news stories that have undergone a stringent fact-checking process. It symbolizes our dedication to providing viewers with reliable information, enabling them to make informed decisions in an era where news source reliability is a growing concern.

What sets "Khabar Pakki Hai" apart is our unwavering emphasis on meticulous research. Unlike other shows, we prioritize presenting news stories that have been thoroughly vetted, establishing our commitment to accuracy and credibility.

"Khabar Pakki Hai" will be aired daily from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, offering a reliable and credible source of news. Hosted by experienced anchors, the show caters to a diverse audience, ensuring that accurate and engaging news stories reach viewers in both urban and rural areas.

Mr. Bhuwan Bhatt, Chief Business Officer, News Nation Network, expressed his commitment to providing impartial information on news of public importance. "Khabar Pakki Hai" aligns with the channel's dedication to combat misinformation and embrace the power of reliable news.


Since its launch in 2020, RADAR has established itself as the program that enables India’s independent artists to breakthrough and find new fans in the country, and beyond

Spotify’s global emerging artist program, RADAR, has completed three years in India. Launched in 2020, RADAR spotlights rising talent in music across 25+ regions where Spotify is available, including the US, Brazil, Mexico, Nordics, Africa, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan, among others. In India, 36 artists have been a part of the program that has enabled them to reach listeners in India, and across the world.

Rahul Balyan, Head of Music, Spotify India, says, “We are proud to celebrate the three year milestone of RADAR India, which has grown to become the default launch pad for new independent artists. Over the last three years, RADAR India has been part of the journey of some of the biggest breakout artists in the country.

“We also recently launched RADAR Tamil to provide a dedicated program and support for Tamil independent artists. We are committed to making a more artist-centric music ecosystem, and will continue to invest in such programs”, he added.

The artists who’ve been a part of the program have garnered more than 35 million streams in total, for the songs that were selected to be part of RADAR.

Over the last three years, RADAR has been instrumental in transforming the independent music ecosystem in the country.

On an average, RADAR India artists have seen a 20-25% increase in followers after being playlisted, while artists such as Akshath, Tanmaya Bhatnagar, and Naalayak have seen a growth of over 30% in streams after being featured on RADAR. Other artists, such as OAFF and Kanishk Seth, found success in film music after being featured on RADAR.

Each month’s RADAR artist is also provided with marketing support through social media, content marketing, and on and off platform support.

Spotify’s flagship playlist, RADAR India, has 75 songs featuring several emerging artists, creating over 4 million new user-artist discoveries over the last year.

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