Statement from Mr. Deepak Lamba, CEO of Worldwide Media, on ceasing print production and offering April issue of Filmfare, Grazia India, Femina, Lonely Planet Magazine India, and GoodHomes for free
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic and its alarming consequences, we at the Worldwide Media have taken a decision to suspend the print content production of our much-revered publications – Filmfare, Grazia India, Femina, Lonely Planet Magazine India, GoodHomes and Hello!. In consideration of the current lockdown, safety of our team and vendors across the country and the unprecedented disruptions caused in the supply chain, we will follow a digital-first-publishing schedule for our content, until further notice.
We have always been committed to present our readers with distinctive, exclusive, and engaging content and we will continue to do so, in these difficult times as well. Following that, the April e-issue of Filmfare, Grazia India, Femina, Lonely Planet Magazine India and GoodHomes will be available at free-of-cost for everyone. All the e-magazines will be available for both subscribers and non-subscribers on the respective websites along with our social media handles. Adding on, our subscribers will also have an additional month of free subscription to all the five magazines.
We would like to urge everyone to do their bit and stay home in ensuring the safety and security of everyone, and of the society at large.
Exclusive webcast with Celebs-
MY FM, the radio arm of DainikBhaskar Group, is leaving no stone unturned in spreading positivity & keeping its listeners entertained amid the nationwide lockdown. Standing true to its brand promise of “AajKuchAchaSuntehain”, MY FM brings ‘Lockdown Special’, an exclusive series of live performances/sessions with some renowned singers, motivational speakers and social media influencers. All the performances/sessions can be watched live through any of the MY FM social media handles. The series is a part of MY FM’s initiative ‘BinaMilenSath Laden’.
Following Prime Minister NarendraModi’s recent address to MY FM RJs where he appreciated the radio network’s philosophy of spreading positivity and vital information, MY FM started its special on-air and digital initiative ‘Bina Mile Sath Laden’ to promote social distancing to fight the global pandemic. ‘Lockdown Special’ is one such property under the initiative. The live performances are simultaneously watched by millions across all the cities, a feat no other live concert might achieve. Popular singer Divya Kumar and lifestyle coach Gaur Gopal Das have already been featured in this series and a lot of big names will feature during the lockdown period.
Speaking on the unique series, Mr. Rahul Namjoshi, COO, MY FM, says; “We are committed to provide wholesome entertainment to all our listeners. This is a patience testing phase apart from being a global pandemic. We have two crucial tools to fight it off- Positivity & Commitment to entertain. You may not be able to move out of your home to ‘attend’ a ‘live’ concert anywhere in the world right now. But with MY FM Lockdown special, you have the answer now.”
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NBCUniversal announced that it is widening the distribution of its national news programming during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
NBCUniversal is making MSNBC and CNBC available, in partnership with its distribution partners, to all their video customers, regardless of the packages to which they subscribe. Subscribers can view this content through their video provider or through MSNBC’s and CNBC’s online platforms on an authenticated basis.
Additionally, NBC News Now, a 24/7 online streaming service from NBC News, will feature programming drawing upon all the news resources of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, free to viewers.
NBCUniversal is committed to providing a public service during the coronavirus pandemic, generating awareness and ensuring all U.S. households receive the latest news and information on the evolving global situation.
NBC and Telemundo owned stations are also streaming their local newscasts as well as coronavirus-related press conferences, to help local audiences stay informed about developments in their communities. The owned stations’ newscasts are free and unauthenticated on desktop and mobile web and apps.
There is no denying the fact that content rules the world. Good content wins over the hearts as well as the charts; that too in the shortest possible time. Punjab just presented a LIVE example of the same when Zee Punjabi became the No. 1 Punjabi Entertainment Channel just within three months of its launch.
It has taken the first spot dethroning the oldest Punjab entertainment channels of the region. For the week ended March 27th, 2020, the weekly GRP of Zee Punjabi stands at 179.4 followed by PTC Network at No. 2 with 178.8 GRP and PITARA with 169.
So what makes Zee Punjabi a People’s favourite? Well, the question finds its answers in the quality programming content presented by the channel. Zee Punjabi offers some really creative and new-age content, planned and presented in sync with current Punjabi mindset and lifestyle. The channel’s 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Monday to Friday has made the people glued on to their TV sets. The prime hour on Zee Punjabi presents ‘Heer Ranjha’ at 8:30 pm narrating the iconic love story of this land followed by a lighthearted comedy serial ‘Vilayati Bhabhi’ that hits on the Canada aspirations of Punjabis. Both the serials are getting an overwhelming response, in urban and rural areas alike.
The channel also has its own Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a dedicated Punjabi music talent show. The icing on the cake is the recently launched talent show ‘Dance Punjab Dance’ which is the biggest dance platform for the state. The channel has already done its rounds of auditions for Dance Punjab Dance at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Bathinda where a large number of talented young and middle-aged people came to show their potential.
Zee Punjabi stands out owing to its potpourri of content and presentation. The channel offers a rich portfolio of diverse genres of programs that appeal to different age groups and audiences. Zee Punjabi has a travel show as well and a light-hearted chat show featuring Punjabi celebrities. Its serials like ‘Khasma nu Khani’ and ‘Kamli Ishq Di’ portray Punjabi women protagonists as empowered and confident enough to face the world.
With the 21-Day national lockdown period increasing people’s tele-viewing time and indulgence; it looks like Zee Punjabi will consolidate its lead further in the coming weeks.
Urges listeners to adapt ‘Social distancing
MY FM, the radio arm of DainikBhaskar Group, answers PM NarendraModi’s clarion call with its umbrella campaign ‘Bina Mile SaathLadein’. The special initiative started on the day the 1stcase was reported in India. It spreads awareness about the ongoing global pandemic by engaging listeners with informative, myth busting news elements and entertaining activities while urging them to Stay home and Stay safe. The campaign is now a 21- day Lock-down special across all MY FM stations in 30 cities.
In the benefit of its listeners, MY FM had already started with awareness drives around COVID'19 from the beginning of March, much before the PM Janta Curfew announcement, with a digital-only campaign ‘Bina Mile..SathLadein’. Post the official 21-day country-wide lockdown, the campaign was extended to ‘Bina Mile SaathLadein..GharRahein’, with multiple on-air and digital properties. One such initiative, MY FM Agent, celebrates and honour people, who, out of their own will, are creating awareness on social distancing, calling out fake news , reminding hygiene procedures , and checking on their neighbors for any support . Another interactive segment, Ikkis Din Let's Win Challenge, is a 21-day resolution special, where our RJs will challenge their listeners to take up a 21 day resolution, and make one healthy habit a daily routine for 21 days. This will be a two-way challenge between the RJ and the listener. 21 Din - 21 baje - 21 min is a Facebook Live session where all the RJs do a 21 minute FB live session daily, for 21 days. This is done to establish the fact that socializing can be done while practicing ‘Social Distancing’.
MY FM is currently the only radio station to adapt its Brand tune around COVID-19 with liners and sweepers to emphasize the importance of "Social Distancing" and "Personal Hygiene".
Speaking on this, Mr. Rahul Namjoshi, COO, MY FM said, "These are unprecedented times, where an entire nation has come to a halt to fight a war. Radio being the vibrant, live and hyper local medium has a significant role to play. We urge all our listeners and partners to Co-operate with the government, and be a part of our initiative to spread hope in this time of crisis.”
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Vinay Manek, National Programming Head said, "MY FM rises to the occasion to ensure its listeners have a source of credible information, an entertainment which the whole family could relish and a medium enthusing positivity in these tough times. Our jocks across are reaching out to share experiences, lending an ear and ensuring there is never a dull moment along with specially curated music. Focusing on mental health we are also planning special slots where motivational talk coupled with meditative music will ensure the perfect harmony".