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10th Global Communication Conclave held at Kolkata: Dainik Bhaskar won 11 Awards including the prestigious Chanakya Award for Social Excellence

BHOPAL: MMNN: 4 Feb. 2016

The two-day 10th Global Communication Conclave hosted by Kolkata, the City of Joy, was indeed a joyous experience. Held on January 22 -23, 2016, the Conclave had a large number of PR, media, HR, Advertising professionals, mass communication academicians and students attending.
West Bengal Minister for Women Welfare and Child Development Ms Sashi Panja was the chief guest who along other dignitaries such as Swami Jitatmananda Maharaj, Vice President, Ramkrishna Math, lighted the traditional lamp to mark opening of the Conclave.

The Conclave paid glowing tributes to late PRCI Governing Council Chairman N D Rajpal who passed away recently. His daughter Shweta fondly recalled his memories and said he was a great family man while he was always busy with his professional commitments. The delegates observed silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Conclave vice chairman and PRCI East Zone Chairman B K Sahu and organising committee chairman Ravi Mahapatra, who also heads Kolkata chapter of PRCI, welcomed the guests. Ms Sashi Panja, West Bengal Women welfare and child development minister, who inaugurated the two-day conclave, focused on the communicatorsí role in ensuring the safety of women and children.

In this context, she appreciated PRCI for complying with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act makes it mandatory for all organizations to have Internal Compliance Committees.
PRCI Chairman Emeritus and M B Jayaram referred to the Conclave theme - Digital Now-What Next - and stressed the need for all PR professionals to be abreast with the fast developing technology to be able to meet ever increasing communication challenges.

PRCI Governing Council chairman R T Kumar said the organization is spreading its pan-India network and at the time spreading wings globally. ORCI recently formed its UAE chapter and will soon set up units in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Germany and the US.
PRCI National Executive president B N Kumar disclosed that the Guest Faculty Pool set up by the Council is becoming popular among institutions teaching mass communication. PRCI will focus on skill development among upcoming communication professionals and periodic knowledge forums.
YCC Chairperson Geetha Shankar said the organization has launched a special drive to involve the student community and planned youth summits in Mumbai, Bangalore and Mysore.



60th Birthday of Mr. Suhalka, Editor-in-Chief of MetroMirror celebrated

BHOPAL: MMNN: 29 Dec. 2015

Mr. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor-in-Chief of MetroMirror and Director of Public Relation Council of India turned 60 on Dec. 28, 2015.
The day was celebrated at Fusion Spice Banquet Hall with the who's who of the city present, noted among them Sh. Atmadeep, Information commisioner, Sh. Ganesh Sakalle, President Central Press Club, Sh Deepesh Joshi, leading Advocate, Sh. Shailendra Bagre, leading Architect, Sh. AC Chandra, Ex Chief Income-tax Commisioner and Past convenor citizens Forum, Sh. Ajay Dubey, RTI Activist and Representative Transparency International, Sh. Vijay Bandriya , Chief Editor Krishak Jagat, Sh. Girish Upadhyay, State Editor, Subah Savere, Senior Journalist Sh. Rajesh Sirothia, Sh Ajay Bokil, Sh. Samdatt Shastri, Sh. Sanjay Dwivedi, and Abhijit Chandra, Prof. Pavitra Shrivastava, Prof. Pushpendra Pal Singh, Dr. HD Verma, Sh. Shekhar Maheshwari, Sh. Vivek Verma, Sh. Pankaj Malik, Dr. M.S. Raghuwanshi, Sh. Vikas Bandriya, convenor BJP State IT cell.

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KKR to invest $300m in Media

MUMBAI: MMNN: 16 Nov. 2015
Global investment firm KKR will commit up to $300 million to create a pan-Asian media and entertainment investment platform along with California-based media holding company, Chernin Group, in a long-term bet on Asia's fast growing digital media and technology space, including in India.
The new platform, Emerald Media, which will see KKR hold a majority stake, will primarily focus on providing capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies across Asia. Chernin Group will join as a minority co-investor in the platform. Emerald will look to acquire control or significant minority positions in growing public and private media companies.
The platform will look to invest approximately $15million-$ 75million in any investment. A substantial portion of the investments will come into India, where KKR is building a series of investment platforms. The US buyout fund has a non-banking finance company, a real estate investment platform and distressed assets platform, besides its core private equity business.
As part of the transaction, KKR will also acquire a significant minority stake in CA Media, the existing Asian media portfolio of Chernin Group.
The platform will be headed by Rajesh Kamat, who was former COO of Viacom18 Group and CEO of COLORS in India, and Paul Aiello, the current group CEO of CA Media. Aiello was the former CEO of News Corp's Star TV Asia.
The transaction, which is aimed at creating one of the largest media investment platforms in the region, is expected to get announced later this week. "The media, entertainment and digital media segment across Asia, especially in India, enjoys attractive macro fundamentals, mirroring the trajectory of the region's consumer sector," Sanjay Nayar, Member of KKR and CEO of KKR India, said.
The Chernin Group's Asia investment platform CA Media focuses on a broad range of opportunities in content creation, television networks, sports, education, advertising, and digital media.
The creation of the platform comes as Indian media and entertainment sectors are poised for a strong growth. The sectors are expected to grow at 13.9% CAGR, to touch.`19,6400 crore by 2019, KPMG said in arecent report. The growth rate is almost double that of the global media and entertainment industry, KPMG said. In India, CA Media has been building a strong portfolio that includes television and film production, live music events, youth media, digital content, intellectual property and graphic novels. Its investments in the country include stakes in content company Endemol India, music and live events company Only Much Louder, and entertainment company-Graphic India.
Deal activity in India's media and entertainment sector rose in 2014 with 61 transactions as against 26 transactions a year prior. Total size of the transactions increased to $2.4 billion from $224 million, KPMG's report said. Digitalisation, Phase III licensing of radio and 4G rollout will provide the required impetus to the industry, KPMG added.



"101 Hindi Media ke Diggaj" book presented

Our Correspondent, 01 Sep. 2015
Sh. Sanjay Dwivedi, Head, Deptt. of Mass Communication, Makhan Lal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Senior Journalist presented a Book written by him on
"101 Hindi Media Ke Diggaj" to Sh. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor in chief of MetroMirror.Com and Secretary General of Forward India Forum - a Think-tank.
He praised the objectives of Forward India Forum and shown his interest to join the forum.



Media and Public Relations Are Complementary To Each Other -Naidu

Our Correspondent, 31 Aug. 2015
Media and Public Relations are complementary to each other and enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The two crafts should harmonise with each other instead of working at cross-purposes.
This was the sum and substance of a thought-provoking presentation by Chandrakant Naidu, a senior journalist, at a panel discussion organized by Bhopal Chapters of Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) and Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
Responding to the theme of the discussion, C.K. Sardana, a senior PR practitioner, said PR people formed a useful 'source' for media persons. Through their understanding of various facets of their own organizations and associated areas, they were able to provide in-depth information - what the media persons really needed - which help prepare good stories for print and electronic media. It was a sort of 'mutual help and gain' for both, he added.
Rashmi Bhargava, Chairperson, ISTD, Bhopal Chapter and C K Sardana, Chairman, PRCI Bhopal Chapter were present. J.N. Chawdhary, a veteran marketing man, was the patron at the panel discussion. Mahendra Joshi, Secretary, PRCI proposed a vote of thanks.
In his opening observations, former Regional Editor of Hindustan Times, Chandrakant Naidu said the PR specialists excel at bringing forth the strong points of any institution to be highlighted through media. The news media cannot afford to ignore the weak points as their audience would expect them to put things in perspective.
At times the news media's job begins where the PR specialists' ends. In the current media scenario the lines between PR and news presentations are blurring due to commercial considerations of the media ownership.
Large number of persons from different walks of life participated in the inter-active panel discussions. Notable among them were Salil Chatterjee, Sanat Gangwal, R.N. Soni, O.P. Soni, C K Hayaran, Harsh Suhalka and Pradeep Bhargava.



BN Kumar elected as PRCI National President and Mrs. Bharti Singh as Secretary General

Mr. B N Kumar , Executive Director of concept PR, Mumbai has been elected as the National President of PRCI, leading organisation of PR, Media, Advertising and communication professionals with 25 chapters spread throughout India.

Mrs. Bharti Singh , Chief of SA - MUDRA , Bangalore is an entrepreneur . She had been the Secretary General of PRCI earlier also.