Mediaah!: 12 media cos to watch out for in 2012 (Cont’d)

03 Jan,2012

By Pradyuman Maheshwari

 

We looked at the first six in my list of media conglomerates to watch out for in 2012. Here’s the rest Here goes ((note all names in alphabetical order).:

 

7. Network  18

Network18 was an obvious choice given the amount of news it’s been making. As you read this, the deal with Eenadu would’ve possibly been announced. The Raghav Bahl-promoted media empire has taken rapid strides and established itself as the company with an eye on the big picture. Literally.

 

8. Reliance ADAG

The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group has several interests in media and entertainment. From telecom to television channels, DTH, radio and gaming, it’s got interests in all sectors. A couple of channels are scheduled to be launched in the next month.

 

9. Reliance Industries

Elsewhere on the site, we’ve carried the news of Mukesh Ambani investing in Network 18. But RIL’s interest in the media is not what makes it to this list. It’s the 4G broadband connectivity that the group is set to unveil this year that could transform the way we access video content

 

10. Star India

The manner in which Star India has consolidated its position has made it near-invincible. Credit for most of this goes to CEO Uday Shankar and some of his predecessors. Pity that regulatory restrictions prevent the network to do much with news.

 

11. Sun Network

Any other media group would’ve been in a mess given all the controversies and pressures its promoters work with. But Kalanithi Maran’s Sun is above all it appears with the network being such a dominant player. And a profitable one too.

 

12. Zee

Last, but right in the forefront. It was an instant hit when it took off in 1992 and is one of the most influential players in Indian media even though its flagship GEC isn’t numero uno. Expect much action from the group as it celebrates its 20th year.

 

Tailpiece:

The Prime Minister released a stamp in honour of Dainik Jagran founder Puran Chandra Gupta. In the light of all that Press Council Chief Markandey Katju has said. But more on that tomorrow. Meanwhile, check the video at: http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/national/general/Stamp-issued-Purnachandra-Gupt_5_1_8711717.html?video=1

 

Buzz me if you have a story to tell and gossip to share. Confidentiality assured. Andar ki baat will stay under. There are various ways you can reach me: pradyumanm[at]mxmindia.com, BBM @ 23050B5D, Whatsapp/Gtalk pradyumanm[at]gmail.com, @pmahesh, 98338 76278.

 

Disclaimer: Although Pradyuman Maheshwari is CEO of MxMIndia other than being editor-in-chief, he chucks those hats while writing Mediaah! So, the views expressed here are entirely his own and not those of the website and the team that runs it (especially the National Sales Head!).

 

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