Ashish Bagga is the Group CEO of India's most diverse, respected and leading media conglomerate: the INDIA TODAY GROUP. He has been associated with the Indian Media business for over 30 years, with earlier stints with the INDIA TODAY GROUP and THE HINDUSTAN TIMES GROUP as Director (Marketing). Immediately before re-joining the INDIA TODAY GROUP in 2001, Mr. Bagga did a short stint as President & CEO with BUSINESS STANDARD for their e-initiative in association with FINANCIAL TIMES, London. Bagga has forged strong partnerships with leading international media brands such as TIME, NEWSWEEK, WALT DISNEY, READER'S DIGEST, FORTUNE, MEN'S HEALTH, GOLF DIGEST, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS LTD.,U.K., AXEL SPRINGER, DISCOVERY, etc. Mr. Bagga has been a recipient of a publishing scholarship by the Publisher's Association of U.K. through which he also worked with THE DAILY TELEGRAPH in London. Mr. Bagga is a Physics Honours graduate and an MBA and was also awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship. He is a past President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and is also the past President of the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM). He is an executive member of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). As Group CEO of the INDIA TODAY GROUP, he currently oversees the entire Group's business across Magazines, Newspapers, Broadcast TV, FM Radio, Digital, Education, E-Com, Distribution and Retailing. Under his leadership the Group has grown manifold and has expanded its footprint and influence significantly. He was also recognised as the "News Television CEO of the Year" at the exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards 2015
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.
Mr. K V L Narayan Rao, Group CEO & Executive Vice Chairperson, New Delhi Television Ltd., joined the company as General Manager in January 1995, looking after Human Resources, Administration and Operations of the organization. He was invited to join the Board of NDTV in 1998 and has been its Executive Director since then. He was appointed Group CEO in 2007 and Executive Vice Chairperson in August 2011. In October 2016 Narayan Rao was reappointed for a second tenure as Group CEO of NDTV in addition to his responsibilities as Executive Vice Chairperson. Along with Dr. Prannoy Roy and Mrs. Radhika Roy, Narayan Rao has played a vital role in the creation, transition and growth of NDTV from a production house to a broadcaster. Narayan Rao started his career as a journalist with the Indian Express, before joining the Indian Revenue Service where he held several important appointments during his tenure from 1979-1994. Narayan Rao is the Past President of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), a body that represents private news and current affairs broadcasters in India. He is also on the Board of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). He has been Vice President of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA). He is also a Member of the FICCI Entertainment Committee as well as a Member of the CII National Committee on Media & Entertainment.
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.
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.
Rajiv Singh is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Zee Media Corporation Limited. An Industry veteran with 30 plus years’ experience, he derives a complete overview of entire gamut of Media businesses touching Print / Linear / Digital formats. His experience transcends across India, South-East Asia, as well as the Middle-East. His area of expertise includes building Enterprises and consolidating businesses combined with a very hands-on approach to People, Process and Business Management. A Team player, he has successfully managed and led teams in leadership roles in Times of India, Hindustan Times, Network 18 and Dainik Bhaskar. He has worked with Khaleej Times (UAE) as Director, Digital Business, where he launched and built Khaleejtimes.com from ground zero. He has also worked as Managing Director (Middle East and Africa) for eXponential Interactive (USA), a global digital advertising aggregator. In his last assignment with Jio as VP Communications (Reliance Industries Limited), he worked closely with all Jio verticals in varying phases of their launch. This tenure provided him with rich insights and full window view to understand how IOT and VOD will drive GEC and News on CDN platforms, both on Smart TV and mobile devices.
Avinash Pandey is Chief Operating 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”
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.V. Shreyams Kumar, did his PGDBA from Kings Langley College of Management, London. He is Director – Marketing & Electronic Media at the 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. The television channel is testimony to his vision of creating a re-invented organisation. Currently, he is also the MLA representing the Kalpetta constituency & the Parliamentary Party Leader and chief whip of Socialist Janatha (Democratic).
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).