The Media Business

“Bad news folks, and warm regards”— the media recession of 2008

IN Media Business | 2018-09-15

Shrinking advertising, more intrusive advertising, salary and job cuts, postponed launches, dropped supplements—revisiting how media houses and journalists were hit.


Assuaging anxiety

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-08-23

The Tribune at Chandigarh has seen exits  and transfers in recent weeks but now there is a counter narrative emerging which apprehensive staffers may not be prepared to believe. Sources  say the rumour that more easing out of contract staff is on the cards is simply not true, and that  that the exits..


Layoffs at the Tribune

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-08-07

The Tribune, Chandigarh is laying off contract journalists. On August 6, some five people including outstation correspondents were asked to go with a month's pay in lieu of notice. They were promised that their dues would be cleared in a fortnight.                  ..


HT Media Q1 profit declines

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-07-18

Moneycontrol.com  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase..


When the Chief Minister is also a media owner…

IN Regional Media | 2018-07-16

…and the dept of information and public relations is the nodal agency for allocating state govt. advertising, some interesting patterns emerge. A Telangana case study.


 

Amateurish sting traps gullible media managements?

BY A HOOT COMMENT| IN MEDIA BUSINESS|26/05/2018 ?

That so many fell for this sting says a lot for the amorality that may have begun to pervade the media business.

 

DB Corp: Steaming ahead or floundering?

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |01/04/2018

DB Corp has had some misses but has been chugging along comfortably overall. However latest figures suggest improving profitability will get harder.

 

 Its now Money Today

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |28/01/2018

In the past five years TV Today has seen a sharp acceleration in revenue growth and profit margins.

 

Why media players are chasing regional audiences

BY SUNIL DHAVALA| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |29/12/2017

Everyone is offering news and services in regional languages because that is where the audiences are

 

Sun TV moves NCLT against Big TV

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/12/2017

Sun TV Network has filed an insolvency petition against  Anil Ambani’s Reliance Big TV in the National Company Law Tribunal Mumbai. Big TV’s DTH operation  owes more than Rs 100 crore to leading broadcasters like Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India, TV18, Viacom18, Sun TV, and Discovery Communications India...

 

NDTV’s loss and profit

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/11/2017

Television Post reports that NDTV’s standalone net loss has jumped 35% to Rs 17.92 crore for the 2nd quarter of FY ‘18 as against Rs 13.29 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. It adds that revenue from operations has fallen 22.18%.  The standalone result is of financials for the TV news..

 

Zee, HT, Sun, Network 18 linked to offshore havens

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/11/2017

The second day's Paradise Papers revelations in the Indian Express link four major media companies with offshore havens. Transactions made by the Zee Group  Hindustan Times Group  the Sun Group, and Network 18 have been detailed, and a radio company owned for a short period by NDTV news, has been linked with Astro, the Malaysian company whose..

 

The rise and rise of Jagran Prakashan

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |16/09/2017

The company that publishes Dainik Jagran goes from strength to strength ten years after its 2006 IPO.

 

The BCCL empire—towering over the competition

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |21/08/2017

BCCL has achieved this scale mainly through diversification into a variety of non-print media and ploughing its surplus cash into many venture-fund like investment bets.

 

We own you

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/08/2017

The Times Group is persisting in its efforts to leverage the social media behaviour of its employees for the company's benefit. Newslaundry reports that the Group which began dictating terms to staff who were on Twitter and Facebook from 2014, has just given them guidelines which amount to saying  journalists can’t..

 

How India became Facebook’s biggest market

BY JEFF JOSEPH PAUL KADICHEENI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |16/08/2017

Facebook now has more active users in India than in the US, more than sixty per cent of them young males. But the numbers are yet to translate into revenue.

 

Selective reporting

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/08/2017

NDTV announced on its website that its digital revenues for quarter one were up 65 percent. It did not mention the company's consolidated after tax loss of Rs 22.01 crore in the same quarter. Nor the company's consolidated after tax loss of Rs 86.16 crore in FY 2016-17... ??

 

NDTV: A legal mountain to climb

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |31/07/2017

The strenuous legal defence mounted by NDTV against the IT Department’s claims of irregularities, could be prolonged.

 

Three-pronged attack says NDTV

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS|27/07/2017

An NDTV statement on its website today says that the last 24 hours have seen new attacks on the company from the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. These follow a demand from the IT department to pay Rs 429 crore in tax immediately.  It claims that the CBI has sent..

 

Now SC says Wage Board pay for contract employees too!

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN JUDGEMENTS |23/06/2017

Although the judgment has declined to find newspaper managements guilty of contempt, it has settled 4 questions of law which will have far reaching implications for journalists and newspapers in India.

 

Unravelling the tax travails of NDTV

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST*| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |22/06/2017

Does income in the books of a subsidiary count as profit accruing to the main company?

 

HT Media: A business in flux

BY The Hoot’s ANALYST-AT-LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |02/06/2017

Modest growth, stagnant core business profitability, and poor shareholder returns combined could be the reasons for cost-cutting and streamlining its workforce.

 

Network 18 Part 1--Beginning with a bang...

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017

The saga of a media group that has had, in the last decade and a half, more ups and downs than a roller coaster in an amusement park. ??

 

Network 18 Part II---The restructuring game

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017

Why the promoters acquired control over an obscure non-banking company, pumped cash into it and set it up as the parent company holding investments in the media operations of the Group.

 

Network 18 Part III---Going under

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017

No amount of ‘restructuring’ could turn operations around. Soon a change in management and ownership control became the only feasible course of action. ??

 

Network 18 Part IV--- New owner, new broom

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/05/2017

The new owner has deep pockets, sees synergy with his mobile empire, and begins the salvage with a Rs 1000 crore write-off.

 

Zee Group: thriving despite print media losses

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |29/01/2017

General entertainment brings in the profits, News TV and distribution remain viable, DNA shows a modest cut in losses.

 

ABP Group: a tale of contrasts

BY ANALYST AT LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |10/04/2017

Print is profitable despite narrower margins than TV, the television business has a stockpile of past losses to wipe out.

 

Express Group: on solid turf after a turnaround

BY ANALYST AT LARGE| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |23/02/2017

After a bumpy four years, the group’s finances have hit a smooth stretch since 2015. Profits expand without help from one-offs.

 

Zee Group: thriving despite print media losses

BY AN ANALYST| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |29/01/2017

General entertainment brings in the profits, News TV and distribution remain viable, DNA shows a modest cut in losses.

 

HT Media grows in non-print areas

BY ANALYST-AT-LARGE, Research: VAISHNAVI BALA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |08/06/2016

While the company’s profits came largely from print advertising, revenue growth has come from language, radio and digital.

 

“The government started to give up control”

BY AMAN MALIK| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |24/02/2016

Twenty five years after the 1991 liberalisation The Hoot interviews leading media business players on how it shaped India’s media explosion.

 

“Liberalisation allows you to play in a much bigger field”

BY AMAN MALIK| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |19/02/2016

Twenty five years after the 1991 liberalisation The Hoot interviews leading media business players on how it shaped India’s media explosion.

 

Not a dull page

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN BOOKS |30/01/2016

The entrepreneur from Haryana who built the Zee empire tells an unvarnished story. Tact and discretion do not figure.

 

Impact of ad blockers on the media

BY NIKHIL PAHWA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |05/10/2015

The technology battle over ad blocking will hurt the web: Readers have the right to use ad blockers, and publishers will be pushed to block users who use ad blockers.

 

The DNA of red ink - Part II

BY ANINDA MANNA and PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |03/09/2015

Diligent Media’s accumulated losses have resulted in the complete erosion of the net worth of the company, while its yearly losses affect Zee Media’s bottom line.

 

The DNA of red ink - Part I

BY ANINDA MANNA and PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |02/09/2015

Why did the partnership between two media giants flounder? And why does the Zee group continue to absorb DNA’s losses a decade after its launch?

 

Powerful media man

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/02/2015

Talk about the nexus between politics, business and the media. Rajat Sharma epitomises it all. A detailed profile of one of India's most high-profile television anchor-owners  by the Economic Times highlights how individuals and firms associated with the corporate conglomerates headed by Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani have been generous..

 

NDTV--Targeted by the BJP?

BY Pranati Mehra, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |22/02/2014

NDTV Tax Story - Part III. Within this media house they believe that there is a BJP link connecting the politicians and journalists who target them.

 

Raghav Bahl: felled by his own philosophy?

BY VIVIAN FERNANDES| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |31/05/2014

That he did not expect Mukesh Ambani to formalise control is evident from the Think India Foundation set up last year and his plans for it.

 

 

The media business

Surrogate media ownership?

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION|13/11/2013 ?

Just how much surrogate ownership is there in media? The intricacy with which this is done is fascinating in the latest case to come to light, ??

 

Pink slips at Bloomberg TV

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |31/08/2013

 Now it's the turn of Bloomberg TV India. On Friday more than 30  people were sacked by the business channel. Those who lost their jobs included directors, camera persons, editors, producers and an anchor. Each one was given three months' salary, in addition to  the August salary.  Anil Ambani is..

 

Broadcasters versus TAM

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |13/06/2013

Behind the sporadic headlines on this long running fight between broadcasters and TAM, are a bunch of curious contradictions, even ironies,

 

The Deccan Chronicle saga turns murkier

BY Special Correspondent| IN REGIONAL MEDIA|05/08/2012

Will Deccan Chronicle survive the acute financial crisis and the criminal cases staring in the face of its promoters?

 

 

India needs cross media restrictions

BY PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |10/06/2012

The ASCI report says there is ample evidence of "market dominance" in specific media markets, but the government has ignored the report for three years.

 

Ownership worries

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |07/06/2012

Now that we are into a different season of need, the corporate acquisition of media is growing again.

 

PF for contract employees

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/05/2012

A Regional PF Commissioner in Kochi has ordered that the journalists and non-journalist employees working on contract basis in the  Kochi unit of the New Indian Express are eligible for Provident  Fund benefits. He rejected the NIE management's claim that the journalist and non-journalist's of the  NIE, Kochi are not..

 

Assam Tribune sets an example

IN MEDIA BUSINESS |12/02/2012

While some large media houses have been doing everything possible not to implement wage revision for their employees, a newspaper house in the North-East has become a trend-setter with its worker-friendly action.

 

Brand leader thinks inside the box

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/09/2011

Should media houses lend their brand name to activities which they cannot influence?

 

Media ownership: interesting indicators

BY hoot desk| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |04/03/2011

Interesting indicators emerge from the mandatory March declarations. About the investments made by the Ambani brothers in media, and about the presence of companies registered in Mauritius in the shareholding of media companies.

 

Transparency and the media

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE|10/08/2009

It is of great importance for the public to know who the owners of the newspapers and the channels are and what their primary source of funding is.

 

More belt tightening

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |22/12/2008

The Ahmedabad Mirror which used to be given free with the Times of India in that city, has now been priced at Rs 1.  The Economic Times in Ahmedabad  has stopped hiring. DNA in Ahmedabad has engineered the departure of four journalists employed with them, including one in Rajkot. It has scaled..

 

When the going gets tough …

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/10/2008

Anchors on NDTV have been pushing viewers to invest. One is not sure if there is conflict of interest in such advice from ESOP holders in a listed media company,

 

Survival tricks of Telugu TV channels

BY Padmaja Shaw| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/04/2008

The channels are leading a wave of religious revivalism purely because religion and culture can also be packaged and sold.

 

Raking it in from coaching centres

BY B.P. Sanjay| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2007

The media has to share some of the blame for the heightened role commercial coaching has acquired in middle class aspirations.

 

The new moguls

BY ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/10/2006

Twenty-first century media is going to grow very differently from media as we understand it.

 

Sun—not a model for the media world

BY ramanujan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/05/2006

Nothing wrong in Kalanidhi Maran trying to emerge as India’s Rupert Murdoch provided he does not use unfair means to eliminate his competitors.

 

Independent doubles interest in Jagran group

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/01/2006 

This is one of a series of foreign investors entering the growing Indian media and entertainment sector.

 

 

Frank, Fearless, Free and Readable

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/08/2005IN Media Practice | 28/08/2005

Freebie dailies are not new but their growing popularity is. Globally they target niche groups and are cutting into the circulation of established newspapers.

 

Media war imminent in Mumbai

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |12/04/2005

Besides an inevitable price war, the launch of new newspapers will also see unveiling of innovative marketing techniques to grab advertising revenues.

 

Mumbai’s newspaper bounty
IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/09/2005

The paper with the most aggressive advertising has proved to be the most disappointing.

 

Growing all the time

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/01/2005

Does so much growth signify an industryin the pink of health? Or one in which expansion is becoming both a technological necessity and a matter of surviving the competition?

 

The Independent publisher to buy stake in Dainik Jagran

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |29/12/2004 

The publisher of The Independent and the Belfast Telegraph is on the verge of buying a stake in Indiaøs leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.

 

Booming media, exploited journalists in Assam

IN REGIONAL MEDIA |02/08/2004 

Newspaper editions are multiplying across the state but more than 60 per cent newspaper employees in Assam are deprived of basic minimum facilities.

 

Marathi newspapers wage a price war

BY kulkarni| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |05/01/2004 

While Lokmat and Sakal first played the price-game at Sangli, Sakal has reduced price recently in Kolhapur and Lokmat may soon follow the same strategy in Kolhapur.

 

 

Aakash Channel awaits its comeuppance

BY correspondent| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |29/12/2003 

The TV channel which was one of the major reasons for Ajit Jogi’s downfall is set to face uncertain times as pressure builds up for a takeover by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s men.

 

 

Conditional access in Chennai

| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |29/09/2003

 

 

The Times of India: conscience keeper or FMCG?

BY vivek sharma| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/04/2003

What its competitors lost in market share was less costly than what they lost by giving the Times the perceived legitimacy for its actions.

 

Steering a family-owned Indian newspaper

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2002

N Murali of The Hindu interviewed on family owned media, journalistic values, commercial interests, the competition, price wars, and the entry of foreign media.

 

Uttaranchals dubious publishing boom

BY sevanti ninan| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |06/06/2002

When so many people are rushing to print newspapers, booking a title calls for more than a little ingenuity.

 

Television Ratings-Will the Industry Scare Help Focus on the Real Issues?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/04/2002

TRPs could be more accurate than what the system reflects now.

 

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