27 January 2021 18:17

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Capturing the financial and economic impact of the budget on the nation, CNBC-TV18 presents a robust line-up featuring Govt. representatives, ministers, secretaries, market experts and stalwarts from India Inc. 

As the economy recovers from the COVID pandemic the FM has promised a Budget Like Never Before, CNBC-TV18, India’s leading English Business News Channel announces a special programming line-up for Union Budget 2021. Themed ‘A Budget Like No Other’, the programming testifies the channel’s more than 2 decade long legacy of being India’s Business News specialist. It will bring together global investors, policymakers, government representatives, industry stalwarts and India Inc. under one platform to present the most comprehensive, insight-driven, simplified Budget reportage. The ongoing programming, leading up to the Budget-Day on 1st February aims to provide its audiences with an in-depth understanding of the Union Budget and how it impacts their everyday lives.

The pre-Budget shows include Budget Brainstorm, highlighting the Budget wish-list of different industries with industry experts and economists. As we count down to the Budget 2021, CNBC-TV18 does a mood check of the biggest fund managers in the country. The CNBC-TV18 Market Poll on 27th January will reveal – What does the market want from the FM. CNBC-TV18 Young Turks Budget special will focus on the Indian entrepreneurial expectations by bringing Karthik Reddy, IVCA & Blume; Abhiraj Bhal, Urban Company; and Padmaja Ruparel, IAN on Thursday, 28th January. To amplify engagement and connect with their audiences, CNBC-TV18 hosted a marathon contest on TV and their Twitter handle @CNBCTV18News starting from 11th January which will culminate on Budget day, 1st February. The contest saw exciting prizes being given out to lucky winners and will see a bumper prize on Budget Day. The Economic Survey Townhall post IES day, will see Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor CNBC-TV18 in conversation with the author of the economic survey, CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian and interaction with the industry.

For over two decades, CNBC-TV18 has consistently provided actionable insights and in-depth coverage from the best business minds in the country. This year the channel will host market experts such as Raamdeo Agrawal, Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd; Nilesh Shah, Kotak Mahindra AMC; Nilesh Shah, Envision Capital; and Dinesh Kanabar, Dhruva Advisors. Furthermore, it will also see the biggest faces from India Inc. like Dinesh Kumar Khara, SBI; Deepak Parekh, HDFC; Koushik Chatterjee, Tata Steel; Sanjiv Goenka, CESC, Sajjid Chinoy, JPMorgan and Arundhati Bhattacharya, Salesforce India and global experts including Mark Mobius, Mobius Capital Partners; Caesar Maasry, Goldman Sachs; Mixo Das, JPMorgan, Krishna Kumar, East Spring Investments (Singapore).

Commenting on the programming line-up, Smriti Mehra, CEO, Business News, Network18, said, “For the past 21 years, CNBC-TV18 stands tall as India’s Budget Headquarters and has been the most trusted and distinctive voice on all aspects concerning the Union Budget. With the nation now eagerly awaiting a Budget Like Never Before, we, as the leaders of English business news, take our role very seriously in providing exhaustive coverage and content on the Budget and how it would impact the different aspects of industry, commerce at a macro level and financial well-being at the micro. Our incisive and superior programming line-up led by our team of seasoned business journalists and research analysts, and joined by the very best of India Inc., Government and industry bodies, politicians and policy makers, remains unmatched as we endeavor to decode and analyse the Union Budget with precision for our viewers. As always Budget on CNBC-TV18 has seen tremendous sponsor interest and has led to advertisers from across industries reaching out to partner with us.”

In these testing times, people turn to a trusted leader. In the last 21 years CNBC-TV18 has built that trust amongst their audiences as India’s Budget Headquarters by providing actionable information backed by insight-driven analysis. CNBC-TV18 will continue to be at the forefront of the Budget 2021 programming with the strong support of their sponsors. Union Budget 2021 on CNBC-TV18 is partnered by Apollo Tyres, Toshiba, Zoom and Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:00

2021 Radio Awards Open for Entries

2021 Radio and TV & Film Award Winners Will Celebrate at NYF’s Storytellers Gala at NAB October 2021

New York Festivals® Radio Awards, World-wide since 1982, is now accepting entries.

Every year, NYF Radio Awards carefully evaluates and updates the category roster to provide the most current categories to reflect the innovative content produced in today.

“In a year marked by disruption of every kind, New York Festivals is implementing additional categories for social justice across all genres. These categories spotlight storytellers who are using all of their creativity to engage with their listeners on this critical topic,” said Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals Radio Awards.

New categories for 2021 include: Best Social Justice Report, Social Justice Reporting, Social Justice Documentary, Best Regularly Scheduled Social Justice Program, Best Social Justice Special, Social Justice Promo, Best Digital Social Justice Program, Social Justice Podcast, and Social Justice Student Content. For a complete list of the 2021 Radio Awards Categories, visit: HERE.

This year is the eleventh year of NYF’s strategic partnership with NAB Show, the ultimate marketplace for people passionate about media, entertainment, and technology. All attendees will have access to the multi-day NAB event which is the world’s largest media entertainment marketplace.

“We will be honoring Radio winners at NAB Show in Las Vegas in October. Combined with our TV & Film Winners, it will be a celebration of innovative storytellers across all platforms,” said Ms. Anderson.

The Radio Awards receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of the men and women who make up the global audio storytelling community. To view the 2020 Winner’s Gallery, visit: HERE.

NYF invites award-winning industry leaders from around the world to become members of their world-class Radio Awards Grand Jury. The 2021 Grand jury will be set in the coming months. Those jurors will include some of the most world’s recognizable voices and captivating content producers in the radio industry. Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium.

All Entries in the 2021 competition will be judged online by NYF’s Radio Awards Grand Jury of 200+ producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Nominated Finalists are judged by a panel at the United Nations for the UNDGC Awards. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the Radio Awards winners gallery.

The deadline to enter the 2021 Radio Awards competition is May 20, 2021. To enter please visit: HERE.

On 26th January this year, India turns 72 as a democracy and there has never been a more opportune time for us to reinstate our human rights and what it entails.

Amidst an ever-evolving cultural fabric and a milieu that wakes up to social media outcry, the need to be aware, mindful and most importantly conscious of our beliefs is integral to this nation. And hence MTV says "Bewakoof Mat Bano”. This Republic Day, the channel launches a brand campaign to stress on the importance of knowing your democratic basics and not be blinded by authority.

In a fine blend of boldness and impact, the brand film chronicles a dialogue between two men, who are divided by the dynamics of power in society. As the conversation progresses, it reflects on how at times, we are conditioned by our beliefs to the extent of compromising our own well-being. Lured by those in power, we often lose sense of right and wrong allowing blind faith to hinder our conscience. But it's time, we eliminate that and stop getting fooled by what's not meant for our good.

Brand Film Links:

Facebook - https://fb.watch/3e69C7lp0a/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/CKdQX8WBwbT/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/MTVIndia/status/1353583378465910784

Republic Announces Collaboration with Two Homegrown Start-Ups, Koo and Mitron, as part of the ‘Republic-Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative’

Arnab Goswami made a special announcement earlier this month, wherein Republic Media Network launched the ‘Republic-Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative’ as a part of their national service to promote Indian ‘glocal’ organizations. As part of the initiative, the network has announced editorial partnerships with Koo and Mitron.

Republic Media Network, India’s no.1 news network, was conceived with one laser pointed vision – Nation First, No Compromise. Over the last 3 years, the network has lived up to the motto and has been pro-nation, pro local. Taking the Prime Minister’s vision ahead and doing their bit as the leading news network in the country, Arnab Goswami, Managing Director and Editor-in-chief, Republic Media Network announced the ‘Republic-Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative’ where the organization will work with, support and ensure that proudly Indian, homegrown, ‘glocal’ brands shine and beam, especially the ones from the Tech Media space. Following this mega announcement, the network has been flooded with promising endeavours from innovators across the country.

As a deliverance on the promise, Republic has proudly announced two mega editorial partnerships under the initiative, with two homegrown brands – Koo and Mitron.

Koo was founded in March 2020, as an inclusive micro-blogging platform in Indian languages where people from across different regions in India can express themselves in their mother tongue. Just 10% of India speaks English. 90% prefer Indian languages. There’s no place on the internet for them to express themselves in their native language and discover others from the same community. Koo provides a voice to Indians who prefer Indian languages. This is how Koo has become a game-changer that is available in multiple languages such as Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, etc.

The journey of Mitron started in April 2020, with a belief to build a homegrown app for Indian users in compliance with Indian community standards and laws. The app provides an easy and seamless interface for users to create, edit and share their videos, and at the same time browse through a library of top videos across the globe. Going forward, the company envisages developing a deeply integrated social media and e-commerce platform, where people not only spend time watching videos but interact with videos to create their social assets and are able to buy products featured in videos.

This announcement comes as a first of many endeavours that will be undertaken as a part of Republic-AatmaNirbhar Bharat Initiative. Republic Bharat will collaborate with these two brands editorially and seamlessly integrate their content.

On this endeavour, Arnab Goswami, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Republic Media Network said, “It is a phenomenal start to the ‘Republic-Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative’. Aprameya, Mayank (of Koo), Shivank, Anish (of Mitron), are rock-solid examples of the nation’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat beacon call. What these young entrepreneurs have created is truly remarkable. These are brilliant initiatives developed by the whizz-kids of India. This is only the beginning. We vow to support, encourage and give a platform to the bright minds, ideators, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are rooted in this great nation and take pride in India.”

Vikas Khanchandani, Group CEO of Republic Media Network said, “The network has been clear about its objective since inception; hence the Republic AatmaNirbhar Bharat initiative came to us naturally. We are extremely excited about this unique enterprise that we are launching with two phenomenal local brands - Koo and Mitron. Our endeavour is to utilise this opportunity and give the platforms a national level push which they rightly deserve. The talent and vision of both the apps must be celebrated and that is what we as a network are doing through this strategic initiative”.

Koo and Mitron news partnerships will be seen on Republic Bharat starting Republic Day, 26th January 2021.


Brings together four incredibly talented directors, Tharun Bhascker, B.V. Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy, to helm an anthology about distinctly bold women

Netflix announced its first Telugu original film, Pitta Kathalu. The four-part anthology film is directed by four of the finest stalwarts of Telugu cinema - Tharun Bhascker, B.V. Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy. Pitta Kathalu, which means short stories in Telugu, tells the stories of four distinctly bold women. Bringing these characters to life are Eesha Rebba, Lakshmi Manchu, Amala Paul and Shruti Haasan in lead roles. Pitta Kathalu also stars Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana, Sanjith Hegde among many other well-known names.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment, Pitta Kathalu will premiere exclusively on 19th February on Netflix across 190 countries.

National Film Award-winning director, Tharun Bhascker said, “Pitta Kathalu is a labour of love with every story in the anthology showcasing a beautiful landscape of the country and presenting women-led stories that will touch a chord with the audience. Working with other extremely talented directors and incredible actors was an opportunity to cherish. It is time for regional Indian content to shine on the global stage.

Director of numerous hits, director B.V. Nandini Reddy said about her first Netflix film,“Collaborating with Netflix and the accomplished cast of Pitta Kathulu has been a very rewarding experience. Working with gifted directors who seek to travel on newer paths of storytelling has helped us bring forth authentic human stories and a differentiated take on relationships. We hope these stories will have a universal impact with the massive reach that Netflix provides.”

Filmfare Award-winning director, Nag Ashwin said, “With this the first Telugu original by Netflix, I really wanted to push the boundaries of what people expect from the medium. I hope Pitta Kathalu, the four different stories of this anthology, the four unique worlds the directors have created will connect with people, not just in the Telugu speaking states but across the world.”

National Film Award-winning director, Sankalp Reddy said, “I am very excited to announce my first Netflix film, Pitta Kathalu. The film brings four stories to life and explores some unique themes that we hope will interest viewers. It is incredible that these stories will travel to millions of viewers globally with Netflix.”

Srishti Behl Arya, Director, International Original Film, Netflix India said, “Great stories can come from anywhere. As we expand our film slate and tell more stories that are rooted in all corners of the country, we are thrilled to bring the magic of Telugu storytelling to Netflix, with Pitta Kathalu. This anthology was a wonderful opportunity to work with imaginative storytellers and incredible talent who have pushed the creative boundaries. We can’t wait for our members in India and around the world to discover these intricate, well-told stories.”

Pitta Kathalu will release on 19th February, 2021, exclusively on Netflix!


Movie: Ramula

Director and writer: Tharun Bhascker

Cast: Machu Lakshmi, Saanve Megghana, Naveen Kumar

Movie: Meera

Director : B.V. Nandini Reddy

Writer: Radhika Anand

Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Amala Paul, Aswin Kakamanu

Movie: xLife

Director and writer: Nag Ashwin

Cast: Shruti Haasan, Sanjith Hegde, Sangeet Shobhan, Anish Kuruvilla, UKO, Dayanand Reddy, Thanmayi

Movie: Pinky

Director : Sankalp Reddy

Writer: Emani Nanda Kishore

Cast: Satya Dev, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Ashima Narwal

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