Archive for the ‘Magazine’ Category

What does the entry of foreign magazines mean for Indian media?

April 9, 2007

Read what media owners and Top journalists say about Foreign Magazine’s presence in India. Some are happy and some are worried.
 

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How Newspapers are moving to the Online World

April 3, 2007

Exchange4media has got a two part analysis about the subject “How Newspapers are planning to use the new medium”. Many Newspapers are still viewing Internet as a non entity in the media spectrum.

I do not know whether they are not aware of what is happening in the Western World, particularly in United States of America. Statistics show that the revenue and advertisement of newspapers are coming down day by day and it is moving to Internet portals.

See the first part of the Exchange4media analysis.

Europe’s celebrity news magazine, Hello!, launches Indian edition

March 19, 2007

March 19, 07:  Europe’s celebrity news magazine, ‘Hello!’, has launched its Indian edition this month. In keeping with its global content philosophy of celebrity news, the magazine has clinched the rights of the Liz Hurley and Arun Nayyar wedding. This marks Hello!’s launch issue in India.

The magazine has been brought to India through Worldwide Media (WWM), a 50:50 company owned by BBC Worldwide and The Times Group. WWM also publishes Femina, Filmfare and Top Gear magazines and hosts the Filmfare Awards.

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India Radio Bulletin launches in February

January 17, 2007

January 17: Partners in Media Asia (PIM), a Singapore-based media company, is rolling out a range of media products to build upon the platform launched last year with the India Radio Forum and Awards 2006. The new titles include both print and online, and will be published under the India Radio Bulletin brand.

Anant Rangaswami, former Editor of Impact magazine and a regular contributor to Hindustan Times and Tehelka, has been roped in as Editor for the India Radio Bulletin. Rangaswami has held various positions in advertising and media, including Associate Vice-President of TBWA.

“Anant’s experience and market knowledge makes him the ideal editor

Source: exchange4media.com

Time.com redesign launched

January 10, 2007

Time.com, which launched its revamped online design Yesterday. More or less it looks like cnn.com. The new feature is news blog.

See about good Website design

Vikatan Group launches auto magazine ‘Motor Vikatan’

January 5, 2007

January 05, 07: The Vikatan Group has launched an auto magazine in Tamil titled ‘Motor Vikatan’. This will soon be followed by ‘Pasumai Vikatan’, a magazine focused on agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry. A monthly, ‘Motor Vikatan’ was launched on January 1, 2007, with a statewide campaign in association with the Tamil Nadu Police to educate people on the perils of drunken driving.

B Srinivasan, MD, Vikatan Group, said, “The magazine is targeted at a very vibrant and broad audience – people with an interest in automobiles. These are people looking to buy or maintain a two-wheeler or a car; people who don’t mind getting advice from a medium absolutely free of prejudice. This is why the idea is to make ‘Motor Vikatan’ extremely utilitarian and not ‘sexy’. It is not a magazine targeted exclusively at the motor enthusiast and this has been proved by the fact that the first print order was sold out within four days of the launch.”

Source: exchange4media.com

Americans use TV, other media 10 hrs a day: Census

December 20, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Americans will spend nearly 10 hours a day watching television, surfing the Internet, reading books, newspapers and magazines and listening to music this year, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Friday.

In its “Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007” released on Friday, the agency also noted that Americans drink about a gallon of soda a week, along with a half gallon each of milk, bottled water, coffee and beer.

All of which may help explain another figure in the pages of the 1,300-page book of tables and statistics: About two-thirds of Americans are overweight, including one-third of whom are obese.

Source: Reuters.com

10 Senior Editorial Layoffs At Hollywood Reporter

December 8, 2006

Seeking to cut costs, the Hollywood Reporter continued to hand out pinkslips on Thursday, eliminating eight more positions, mostly in the newsroom, following the axing of its top two editorial execs earlier this week. The departures of VP, Matthew King and editorial director Howard Burns were previously announced.

Source: Variety.com

India witnessing print media boom: RNI report

June 18, 2006

New Delhi, June 15: The Fourth Estate in India is booming, says an official report on the state of press in the country.

Despite tough competition from Television and other electronic media, the print sector claimed a substantial share in the information space in the country registering 1948 new newspapers and over two crore increase in circulation in 2004-05.

Hindi and English language publications continued to lead both in number and circulation, followed by Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu and Marathi, said the latest report of the Registrar of Newspaper of India.

It was also noticed that regional language newspapers were leading both in number and circulation in all major States.

Hindustan Times, an English daily published from Delhi, was the largest circulated single edition daily.

It was followed by Ananda Bazar Patrika, a Bengali daily published from Kolkata. The Times of India, an English daily also published from New Delhi came third. However, the paper, having eight editions with a combined circulation of 27,71,669 copies came first among multi-edition dailies.

Dainik Jagran and Dainik Bhaskar(both Hindi) came second and third.

Among states, Uttar Pradesh was leading by publishing the largest numbers of newspapers(1385), followed by Delhi (1029), Maharashtra (646), Rajasthan (598) and West Bengal (559).

However, the national capital pushed its neighbouring state behind in the matter of circulation. It recorded a circulation off 2,65,01,569 copies as gainst 2,62,85,541 copies in Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra retained its third position with 1,59,59,124 copies.

A notable feature was that Orissa achieved the distinction of publishing newspapers in 17 major languages.Delhi came next with 13, Maharashtra 12, Kerala nine and Karnataka with eight.

Uttar Pradesh published the maximum number of newspapers in a single language–1155 in Hindi.

The report said, ''The press has proved that it can withstand the challenges of globalisation. In particular, the vibrant growth of the regional language papers reflects a growing demand among the readers with the spread of literacy and education,'' As on March 31, 2005, there were 60,413 registered newspapers on record as against 58,469 at the end of March 2004.

The total circulation of newspapers increased from 13,30,87,588 copies in 2003-04 to 15,67,19,209 copies in 2004-05.

The number of newspapers submitting annual statements also increased to 7225 from 5591 during the year.

The highest numbers of newspapers were published in Hindi (3265), followed by English (873), Bengali (492), Gujarati (477), Urdu (403) and Marathi (329).

In circulation, Hindi newspapers continued to lead with 6,70,35,756, followed by English with 2,72,90,601 copies. Gujarati Press with 83,52,093 copies came third.

Urdu and Malayalam language press closely followed with 81,09,935 and 76,91,166 copies respectively.

During 2004-05, 1948 new newspapers were registered. However, four newspapers also ceased publication.

The majority of Indian newspapers were periodicals.

Circulation details were available from 5351 periodicals which totaled 7,74,76,070 copies.

Among periodicals Rishi Prasad, Hindi monthly from Gandhi Nagar, topped with a circulation of 11,37,050 copies, while Saras Salil, Hindi fortnightly, published from Delhi came second with a circulation of 10,53,119 copies.

Among language Dailies, Hindi lead with 799 newspapers followed by 181 in English. The languages that published more than 100 daily newspapers were Marathi (127), Urdu (162) and Telugu (110).

Circulation-wise, Hindi Daily Press maintained its dominance with 3,37,73,557 copies. English Dailies followed with a circulation of 1,07,71,169 copies.

Uttar Pradesh had the largest number of daily newspapers (285), followed by Maharashtra (197). Daily newspapers are published from all the States.

However, no circulation details were made available from the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.

Source: oneindia.in

Outlook, Apa to publish travel guides

June 8, 2006

Delhi-based Outlook Publishing Group and Apa Publications of Singapore have entered into a co-publishing agreement to publish the `Insight Guide' range of international travel guides for the Indian market. While the agreement doesn't specify so at the moment, Outlook is looking to leverage Apa's international distribution network to push its `Outlook Traveller' in the overseas market.

To be priced roughly at $10 per copy for the price conscious Indian consumer, the first few titles of the `Insight Guide', to be sold as part of the `Outlook Traveller' series, would hit book shops by July this year.

"With `Outlook Traveller', we have already captured the Indian travel content. This agreement would provide international travel content as well, to Outlook at a cost much lesser that what we would have incurred if had to undertake the exercise itself. We are also working towards taking `Outlook Traveller' abroad through Apa.The agreement would take about a month", said Maheshwar Peri, president & publisher, The Outlook Group.

According to the latest FICCI-PriceWaterhouseCoopers study on the media sector, the reach of the magazines in India is roughly 69 million readers.

The Indian magazine industry is estimated to be worth Rs 1300 crore in 2005 and set to grow to Rs 2500 crore by 2010.He declined to specify the financial arrangement involved except that it was similar to a licensing arrangement. `Outlook Traveller', which is the largest selling travel magazine in the country, has sold 1.5 million copies in the last 3 years and is now, targetting the 7 million outbound travellers to fuel its growth. This segment of overseas travellers is growing at more than 12 per cent each year, according to industry estimates.

"We have access to the entire set of 450 titles of `Insight'. For the first year, we will be choosing 30 titles out of the collection, depending on which places are visited by outbound Indian travellers the most", Peri added.International guides sell at about $20-25 per copy currently. With the reasonable pricing in place, Outlook is hoping to rope in outbound Indian travellers who till now have been depending on suggestions and itineraries drawn up by third parties. `Insight Guides' has a large collection of visual travel guides, published in 12 languages and are renowned for their evocative photography as well as authoritative writing by expert local writers.

Source: Business Standard