Rajat Sharma is Chairman and Editor-in Chief of India TV, the Nation’s most watched news channel. He is also Vice President of The Indian Broadcasting Foundation. He is best known for his popular show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ which is in its 23rd year of broadcast thereby making it the longest running television show in India’s television history. He has grilled nearly 1000 famous personalities from all walks of life ever since he started in 1993. The show continues to captivate audiences and has been gaining from strength to strength with record ratings in TV news viewership. His inimitable style has earned him critical acclaim from none other than the Prime Minister himself. He was born in a family with very limited means. Life was a constant struggle but that did not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He excelled in studies at the municipal school nearby and that helped him secure admission in one of Delhi’s most prestigious colleges, SRCC. College life was a touch and exciting phase for him. During Emergency he found himself behind bars for almost a year. It was after University that he finally took to journalism. Before his transition to television, he spent 10 long years with the print media. In 2004 he launched India TV as a 24hours Hindi news channel. Within a short span of 4 years India TV became the leader in Hindi television news. His week nights daily show, ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ is the highest rated show in prime time television news. Under Mr. Rajat Sharma’s leadership, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spends, and viewer-support. His editorial judgement works in perfect synergy with his entrepreneurial prowess. His phenomenal success story has culminated in his being awarded the third highest civilian award - the Padma Bhushan by the President of India.
M.V. Shreyams Kumar, did his PGDBA from Kings Langley College of Management, London. He is the Joint Managing Director of Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Company Limited publishers of the Mathrubhumi Daily and ten other periodicals & Mathrubhumi Television Channel titled "Mathrubhumi News" & " Music Channel"-"Kappa" which was launched in March 2013, the 90th anniversary year of the Organization thereby achieving the long cherished goal of cross-media synergy. Earlier since 2002 he was the Director – Marketing & Electronic Media. Shreyams Kumar bolstered continuous improvements and propelled rapid growth by steering the Company through multiple challenges for the last 17 years.
Anurradha Prasad is the Chairperson cum Managing Director of the prestigious 360 degree media company B.A.G. Films & Media Ltd. After completing a Master’s degree in Political Science from Delhi University Anurradha Prasad ventured into the media industry with an assignment in a popular business magazine. In 1993, Anurradha launched B.A.G Films & Media Ltd (then known as B.A.G Films Ltd), her own production house where she created memorable programmes like Poll Khol, Red Alert and Sansani on Star News, Kumkum and Khullja Sim-Sim on Star Plus, Sidhhant on Star One, Dahhej on 9X, Ek Thi Rajkumari on Zee Next, Har Dil Jo Love Karega on Zoom, Rozana and Khabrein Bollywood Ki on Doordarshan. In 2007, Anurradha launched an umbrella brand Broadcast 24 under which she launched ‘News 24’; a 24-hour News channel, in March 2008, she launched India’s first Bollywood news channel E 24, heads a successful radio network Dhamaal 24- a 24-hour radio network on air now at 9 stations across the country, runs the very successful production arm of B.A.G. Films Studio 24. She also reaches out to aspiring media professionals with The International School of Media and Entertainment Studies (iSOMEs), a school dedicated to teach and train media professionals of tomorrow. She has kept pace with technology and has her channels present on cyber space through her web network B.A.G. Convergence. With all this and her forthcoming ventures, Anurradha has led B.A.G Films & Media Ltd to become a 360 degree Media Company recognised as a prestigious media company in India. For her immense contribution to Indian Television, Anurradha has won accolades and awards over the years. She is a member of CII and FICCI Entertainment Committee. She is on the board of Uttaranchal Film Development Council, and is an executive member of Film Producers Guild of India. Anurradha is an avid reader and a music lover. Spending time with her family and loved ones makes for idea of relaxation and rejuvenation.
M. K. Anand has twenty three years experience in media business management of which five years have been in top management and thirteen years in senior management positions. During these years he has managed diverse media businesses - Broadcasting, Interactive media, Newspapers and Magazines; fourteen years in print; nine years in broadcasting; five years on Interactive Media concurrent with Print and Broadcasting. Prior to joining Times Group, M. K. Anand has spent four years with Disney UTV. He joined UTV in October 2009 as CEO of UTV Global Broadcasting Ltd., and UTV Interactive Ltd., and CEO of Bloomberg UTV. UTV was acquired by Disney and merged with TWDCI in early 2012. He drove multi fold increase in scale and created a profitable 200 GRP network. Mr. Anand reported to Ronnie Screwvala and was supported by a talented Management team, which was entirely home grown and made of Executives he inherited and developed over his tenure. Mr Anand has spent nineteen years with the Times Group spanning Print, Web and Broadcasting - Joined frontline sales in the print side of the group in 1990. He moved within a year to Product Management for Classifieds. He rose to become Business Head of classifieds in 1996. Managed unprecedented growth in print and web classified business and products. He shifted to Head of Corporate Ad Sales for the print group in 2001. Rewrote pricing strategy and mechanism of the group in 2002. Moved to Head Ad Sales of the newly constituted TV Division in 2004 and became the Business Head of Zoom Entertainment Networks in 2007.
Rahul Joshi heads the news operations of Network 18 since September 2015. An alumnus of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies 1994, Rahul has worked with The Economic Times for over 20 years, ten years as its editorial director. He was also the founding editor of the newspaper's sister channel ET NOW, which was launched in 2009.
Avinash Pandey is Chief Executive Officer of India’s largest television news network ABP News Network Pvt. Ltd. He has been associated with media industry of India for over 20 years with stints with Indian Express, TV Today (India Today), MCCS (JV of ABP and Star). During his career, he has been associated with launch of news channels like Aaj Tak, Headlines Today (India Today), ABP Ananda, ABP Majha and ABP Asmita. He is a Post Graduate in History and has been part of senior management academic programs at ISB Hyderabad, IIM Ahmedabad and The Negotiation Institute of New York. He has been serving on the Credit Control Committee of India Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) since last 15 years and had served on the management committee of IAA India Chapter for over 5 years. He currently oversees his group business which includes 4 news channels and the digital business “ABP Live”
Venkat holds a Bachelor's degree in Science. He has been in the communication profession since 1970. He joined Board of Directors of Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., publishers of Eenadu Telugu newspaper and ETV group channels in 1987. Venkat was the past Chairman of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and founder member of Media Research Users Council (MRUC) as well as Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF); and also on the Board of Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), International News Media Association (INMA), Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). He also had long innings as a Board Member for over 15 years with the Indian Newspaper Society (INS). Venkat currently is the Chairman of Media Research Users Council (MRUC) and Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).
Kalli Purie is the Vice Chairperson of the India Today Group. The forty year old group, a product of the emergency in the 1970s, is recognised as the Gold Standard of journalism in India. She is hailed in the industry for her vision to synergize India Today Group’s excellence in conventional journalism with the reach and innovations of digital and new media. A serial entrepreneur at heart, she brings a rich experience in running a wide range of media properties from television channels, apps, to a digital newspaper, to championing world class events, to devising a social media strategy for the group. Par excellence ideator and project manager she is the natural choice to launch the many innovative products of the group. She is uniquely positioned to address India Today’s integrated foray in the new media landscape. Her unified leadership in television, digital and events is the cornerstone for the success of synergy in the Group. In her current role, she is steering the editorial of India’s undisputed #1 news channel (Aaj Tak) along with 3 other distinct channels (India Today TV, Tez and Delhi Aaj Tak) of the network. The channels have won a slew of awards for excellence this year. She is also the lead for all signature events of the group. This division has constantly been setting benchmarks others need to follow whether its the new formats in India Today Conclave or addressing the aspirations of new India in small cities and different languages. She is aggressively spearheading the rollout of the next set of digital innovations, a portfolio of specialised, niche interest, internet only channels. Armed with a clear vision about the future of news, she is leading one of the most awarded and celebrated team of journalists in a futuristic newsroom that she helped build, apt for the multimedia, multi-device world we live in. The project has created a giant news turbine to harness the forces of an integrated newsroom, exploiting synergies amongst the many media platforms. She is a graduate from Oxford University, UK in Politics, Philosophy & Economics.
Sonia Singh, NDTV’s Editorial Director has been with the network for over 20 years and is currently the anchor of the daily prime time show, The 9 O Clock News and a weekly interview show, The NDTV Dialogues. In the last 20 years, she has been part of the news coverage of events that have changed India, her interviews with world leaders include Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates The Dalai Lama, Malala, Kailash Satyarthi and Mohammed Yunus as well as a host of senior government leaders in India. She won the ENBA 2015 award for Editor-in-Chief of the Year and is also a permanent Invitee on the NDTV Board.
Mr. Ashok Venkatramani is a B.Tech from Bombay University and has done his management education from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and Harvard Business School. He started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, working in the Foods and Personal Care side of the business in sales, marketing and general management roles. He was Vice President and Business Head – Skincare for Unilever in India till 2008, before moving as the CEO of ABP News Network Pvt. Ltd which he headed until 2016. He was instrumental in turning around the ABP business and successfully managed the transition from Star brand to ABP. Mr. Venkatramani has strong foundations in sales and marketing and has also featured twice in the World CMO Council’s list of India’s 75 top marketers. He was awarded as ‘CEO with best HR Orientation’ in 2010 bestowed by The World HRD Congress, and ‘Media Person of the Year’ in 2010 bestowed by The World Brand Congress in India. He also entered the ‘Hall of Fame’ of News and Television Awards 2016 for successfully rebranding Star News to ABP News. Mr. Venkatramani is currently associated with Zee Media Corporation Limited as its Managing Director. Apart from Zee Media, Mr. Venkatramani holds Directorship in Diligent Media Corporation Limited, Overseas Property Consultants Pvt Ltd, IRIS Business Services Pvt Ltd and Intelligent Insights Pvt Ltd.