Indian News Television Summit 2013

12:00 - 12:10 PM

Opening Remarks:
Anil Wanvari, Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief - Group

12:10 - 12:30 PM

Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary - I & B Ministry

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Panel: Setting the right framework and building a robust news ecosystem

Subscription revenues and advertisement revenues have traditionally been the only sources of revenue for channels. With the onset of digitization, what are the other sources of revenue that can be exploited? In a crowded and extremely competitive news industry such as ours, how do news channels ensure balance? How can we ensure a robust news ecosystem in which each player can thrive?

The next phase of DAS is expected to be flagged off from April 2013. In this scenario is the current framework that the news TV industry operates in good enough to encourage an ethical news TV business model? Does it need strengthening? Has DAS reduced carriage fees for news TV? Do we need another iteration or correction of DAS following the lessons the industry has learned over the past year? Is the current TRAI proposal to restrict airtime helpful or harmful? Do we need to make some changes in the way self regulation is being done? There are issues of corporate investments in TV news networks; cross media restrictions; interested party investments. A panel examines this apart from several other issues.

Moderator: Paritosh Joshi

Invited Panelists:

Ashok Venkatramani, CEO - MCCS India
Supriya Sahu, Joint Secretary - Ministry of I&B
Anurradha Prasad, Chairperson and Managing Director - B.A.G Network
S.N. Sharma - CEO, DEN Networks
S. Srinivasan, News Director, Puthiya Thalaimurai TV
Anish Dayal, Advocate - Law Offices of Anish Dayal

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Lunch Break

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Panel: Technological innovation for the News TV business in a digital environment

Today multiscreen consumption of audiovisual content has become a reality with mobile computing and smart phones all the rage. Costs for the news TV business are only headed north in a scenario where the industry is increasingly going digital. New modes of delivering TV news to consumers in a cost-effective manner is hence the challenge. What are the technological innovations which the industry is resorting to achieve this? 

Moderator: Vynsley Fernandes, Director - Castle Media Pvt. Ltd.

Invited Panelists:

Supriyo Mukherjee, Head - Content and Media - Ericsson
Christophe Messa, Subject Matter Expert - Qtube - Quantel
Dinesh Singh, C.T.O - NDTV
Pankaj Thakar, Founder & CEO - Cellcast Asia Holdings

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Tea Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Panel: Differentiating Prime Time News TV shows/content

Primetime today has come to be characterized by the anchors who host the news shows on their respective channels. In fact, the anchor and his/her approach itself has becoming the differentiator for prime time news and draws viewers by the droves. What are the benefits? What are the pitfalls? Does this augur well for the news channels themselves? For the TV news anchors? A look at this trend.

Moderator: Preet Dhupar, COO India, BBC Global News

Invited Panelists:

Barkha Dutt, Group Editor - NDTV
Karan Thapar, CNN-IBN
Vivek Law, Editor - Bloomberg
Rahul Kanwal, Managing Editor, Headlines Today
Sanjeev Srivastava, Doordarshan
Deepak Chaurasia, Editor in Chief, India News
Ashutosh, Managing Editor - IBN 7