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In partnership with ICICI Lombard, and IMRB, India’s leading market research agency as knowledge partner, CNBC-TV18 will be honoring theleading professionals from the healthcare and wellness industry.

CNBC-TV18, India’s leading English business news channel along with ICICI Lombard, announces the 8th edition of the‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards.’ The awards will acknowledge and felicitate the best of medical and wellness service providers in the industry. The event will also serve as a platform that brings together leaders from private and government organizations, policy makers, dignitaries from sector affiliates as well as some of the most respected names from the healthcare fraternity. The innovators, change-makers and pioneers in the healthcare and medical community will be applauded for their contributions. The 2018 edition of the event is scheduled to take place on 21st June at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Magnifying the legacy of the ‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards,’ the 8th edition of the ceremony will also recognize and celebrate high-achievers in the wellness segment.With over 3,000 hospitals sending in their nominations this year, the popularity and the credibility of the awards in the sector can be adjudged by the sheer volume and high participation. In addition to the luminaries and dignitaries gracing the event, the awards will also host a prestigious jury panel comprising top names in the sector.

India’s leading market research agency, IMRB has joined hands with the property as the knowledge partner. Through their expertise as well as extensive field work carried-out in keeping with scientific methodology that captures consumers’ ratings and doctors’ ratings,leading names for the jury panel have been shortlisted. The esteemed jury comprises members such as, Mr. Kewal Handa, Chairman, Medybiz Pharma; Mr DG Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance; Mr A Vaidheesh, MD & VP, South Asia, GSK Pharmaceutical; and Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman & Medical Director, Manipal Health Enterprise. The 8th edition of the awards will also be graced by a special invitee - Dr. Daniel Kraft, MD, Faculty Chair of Medicine & Neuroscience, Singularity University & Founder and Chair Exponential Medicine, San Francisco, USA,

A new category under the wellness segment has been added this year and the jury members for it include Mr. Ryan Fernando, Chief Nutritionist, QUA Nutrition; Ms Pooja Makhija, Nutritionist; Dr. Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist; and Ms. Leena Mogre, Nutritionist.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Joy Chakraborthy from CNBC-TV18 says, “With each edition of the ‘Indian healthcare and Wellness Awards’ we hope to recognise and felicitate the change-makers and innovators of the medical as well as healthcare community. The industry’s growth can be attributed to the visionaries who have brought about revolutionary changes and gone beyond the conventions of general healthcare and medical facilities. And with the awards we hope to provide a platform for these influential change-makers to be acknowledged for their efforts towards the growth of the industry. We are also excited to share that this year’s award categories will cover Centre of Excellence, General Service, Tertiary Care Hospitals and their work, which will be recognized under the wellness segment.”

Times Network, part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, today announced the appointment of Mihir Bhatt as Chief Editor – IPs.

In his role, Mihir will spearhead efforts to create unique and content-rich offerings on all IPs of the network, in addition to his editorial and anchoring responsibilities at ET NOW. Based in Noida, he will report to Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW, Times Network.

Commenting on the appointment, Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW said, “We are delighted to have Mihir join us. The knowledge, expertise and experience that Mihir brings on board will further strengthen our IP offerings as a network. Having led an editorial team in a national channel, his understanding of content that influences, impacts, engages and inspires is very strong. Mihir is also a seasoned business news anchor and will enrich the star-studded anchor line up of ET NOW.”

Speaking on his new role, Mihir Bhatt said, “I am excited to be a part of the Times Network team. Having spent several years creating landmark content-led IP’s and innovating editorial outcomes, I look forward to harnessing my best efforts and strengths to create impactful and content rich campaigns.”

Mihir joins Times Network after a successful stint at Zee Business where he led the editorial team. He was instrumental in successfully creating marquee content properties for Zee Business such as Sensex Ka Sultan, Hunt for India’s Smart Investor, Market Excellence Awards and Zee Business Bull Run to name a few. As part of his editorial responsibilities, he designed and executed large-scale editorial activities for Zee Business such as GST Campaign, Gen Next Budget, Ministerial Conclave and Tycoons@Dalal Street.

RTÉ Ireland Earns Broadcaster of the Year Award and TBI Media UK, Production Company of the Year

2018 Grand Awards go to BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Guardian Australia, and TBI Media

New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards , honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs℠, announced this year’s award-winners at the annual Radio Awards Gala tonight at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.

To view the full list, please visit: HERE.

“As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today,” Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals.

NYF’s Grand Jury awarded global networks and content creators from 31 countries. Trophy-winning Digital content, podcasts and audiobooks, live events, dramas and documentaries, breaking news coverage, multi-genre music specials, sound art, and promos from around the globe were celebrated.

For a complete list of the 2018 award-winning entries, please click HERE

The 2018 Grand Jury honored RTÉ Ireland with the prestigious title of Broadcaster of Year and TBI Media UK with Production Company of the Year. The BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Guardian Australia, and TBI Media each earned the distinguished New York Festivals Grand Award.

RTÉ Ireland was honored with the title Broadcaster of the Year for the fifth year. The network took home an impressive 8 Gold Trophies, 11 Silver, 2 Bronze and 15 Finalist Certificates.

Jim Jennings, Head of Content RTÉ, said: “I am delighted that RTÉ has been named New York Festivals’ Radio Broadcaster of the Year three times in the past four past years. The international competition is exceptional and those who have entered are all experts in their fields which makes this particular achievement a great honour for everyone in RTÉ. This is extremely important to us as a public service broadcaster. Across the board, from the acclaimed Documentary on One and Drama on One, to our Factual, Current Affairs, Arts, Music and Entertainment programs and Lyric fm, our production teams have demonstrated their capacity to compete and win against some of the largest and best of the world's broadcasters."

London’s TBI Media was recognized with the title of Production Company of the Year. “Born This Way” earned the Grand Award for both TBI Media and BBC Radio 2. The series chronicles the story of how gay people transformed pop culture over the past 50 years. TBI Media earned 2 additional Gold trophies, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 4 Finalist Certificates.

“The TBI team are thrilled with this year’s results in New York. 9 Finalists leading to a Grand Award, 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze are great. To then be ‘Independent Producer Of The Year’ again is fantastic. This is fundamentally down to the inspired team I’m lucky enough to work with having world class ideas and being given the chance to broadcast them on great platforms. It’s clear that the opportunities for audio producers globally have changed dramatically, even since the last NYF awards, and it’s inspiring to see so many producers and platforms winning awards this year who are clearly thriving as a result.” –Phil Critchlow CEO / Founder - TBI Media

“BBC Radio 1 Vintage” BBC earned the Grand Award (Best Digital Special Event) for their three-day digital radio station, featuring a compilation of archive material and vintage tracks 50 hours, 50 shows, celebrating the BBC Radio 1’s 50th anniversary. The network also earned 2 Gold trophies and a Silver.

"What an honour and a joy to pick up this prestigious award which marks 50 years of Radio 1 playing a pivotal role in music, entertainment and popular culture,” said Ben Cooper, BBC Radio 1 Controller.

“Am I going to die in here?” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Campus was in the spotlight earning the Grand Award (News & Documentary). The podcast chronicled the story of Syrian émigré Mohammad Al Masalma whose fight for freedom during the 2011 revolution led to his arrest and detainment by the Syrian regime. The entry also earned a Gold trophy and the UNDPI Silver Award.

Guardian Australia’s “The Reckoning” (Best Digital Documentary) earned the Grand Award for their documentary exploring Australia’s child sexual abuse royal commission’s five-year examination of crimes against children. “The Reckoning” also earned a Gold trophy.

“It's thrilling to see The Reckoning win both the Gold and Grand awards. The podcast dealt with child abuse in institutions and it can be easy to turn away from these stories, to think that it all happened in the past and it couldn't happen again. The most important thing we can do is ensure their stories are never forgotten and put pressure on governments, churches and other organisations to be held accountable,” said Miles Martignoni, Podcast Producer, Guardian Australia.

As digital listenership explodes, on-demand audio continues to engage listeners with accessible spoken entertainment. Trophy winning audiobook entrants include: Penguin Random House Audio UK with 3 Gold trophies, 2 Silver, and 4 Finalist Certificates; Hörbuch Hamburg/SWR with a Silver trophy, and Radio Mirchi India earned a Bronze and a Finalist Certificate. Podcast entrants earning recognition include: BBC, BBC Radio 4, BFBS Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Elbow Productions, 30 for 30 ESPN Films, ICI Radio-Canada Première, Intelligence Squared US Debates, Radio New Zealand, Swedish Radio, TBI Media, and WNYC Studios.

Gold-wining documentaries provided a distinctive view and voice including: “Bing Crosby in 'The Road to Rock 'n' Roll' - From Final Solution to Audio Revolution” Magnum Opus Broadcasting/ BBC Radio 2; “Vocal Chords in Conversation with Peggy Seeger” Athena Media; “A clash of identity in Germany” DW; and “A Day In The Sun” SiriusXM.

Dramas and Mini Series were in the winner’s circle. Gold trophy winners include: “The Hours” Corporation for Independent Media/BBC Radio 4; “The Tempest - Theatre as a Journey to the Core of Man.” An acoustic Performance” RBB; “Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures (Vol 2)” B7 Productions Ltd; “Blood on Satan's Claw” Bafflegab Productions; and “Tumanbay” Goldhawk Productions/BBC/Panoply.

Gold trophy winning Music and Sound Art entries include: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” New York Philharmonic; “Bruce Springsteen: Long Walk Home” Lonesome Pine Productions; “Magic Soul” TBI Media; “Illuminations” Deutschlandradio; and “PALIMPSEST - a sound biography” Naleppa Audio Productions.

News and Talk/Interview programs provided a diverse scope of information on issues from around the world. Gold winners include: “Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature Series 17 programs” Bioneers; “Dying Young” Radio Television Hong Kong; “The Kalb Report” National Press Club; and “Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam - 50 Years Later” Westwood One. Westwood One also earned the Silver trophy for “America in the Morning.”

New York Festivals, with the United Nations Department of Public Information, established the United Nations Awards in 1990 to honor programs highlighting global concerns of interest to the UN. Annually, the United Nations Department of Public Information convenes a panel to honor radio broadcasting that best exemplifies the ideas and goals of the United Nations. Their selections are awarded the prestigious United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Award. Recipients of the 2018 UNDPI Award: “The Current - ISIS on your doorstep” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Gold Award, “Am I going to die here” Campus, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Silver Award, and “That's When My Childhood Ended: Youth Radio Reports” Youth Radio USA earned the UNDPI Bronze Award.

Those who know only a little about some of the world’s more weird and wonderful magazines, will be aware that Grow Magazine is the most ‘quintessential cannabis horticulture magazine’ in the world, available in all 50 US states, and Canada.

This does beg the question: why did Facebook decide to give its first official magazine the same name? More pertinently, why did the social media platform, which insists it’s not a publisher, decide to put out a magazine at all?

The launch issue of Grow, “a quarterly magazine for business leaders” - by Facebook - quietly made its appearance in business class lounges at Heathrow and a few more exclusive spots in and around London in early June. Simply labelled as ‘Issue one’ the large format magazine runs a white on black cover image of Swedish retail “guru” Oscar Olsson, who is - according to the magazine’s cover line - “H&M’s millennial whisperer”.

Nicola Mendelsohn, CBE, Europe, Middle East and Africa vice president of Facebook, writes in her forward note that Grow “started life at a small event in the English countryside about a half year ago”. The event she refers to was an off-site gathering organised by Facebook in an idyllic Soho Farmhouse in rural Oxfordshire, a private members club set in 100 acres of rolling countryside. The two day offsite, which combined conferences and presentations with activities and fine dining, was the second annual event of its sort. During this particular one they decided to launch a print magazine.

The first magazine, explains Mendelsohn, explores niche brands - “one of the most interesting business stories of the past couple of years”

Financing the magazine, the print-run, distribution policy, target audience and future editorial themes seem to be a tightly guarded secret. When approached to shed more light, editor-in-chief Kate Maxwell, former group editorial director at Soho House & Co, said Facebook’s “comms team… need to approve this (information).” They did not.

Grow exists in a digital format as well, described as “a thought leadership platform that shines a light on people, companies and trends challenging the status quo”, although the digital destination is pretty hard to find. Consider the url you need to reach it: If we attempt to find it via Google, chances are you’re more likely to find information on how to grow your own cannabis. There is no mention of the print magazine on the digital platform.

Facebook is not the first huge digital platform to dabble into print. Home rental platform Airbnb launched Pineapple Magazine as far back as November 2014. At the time publisher Christopher Lukezic declared that “print is still the best medium for telling stories in words and photographs.” This magazine was also named after a weird and wonderful existing one. Wait for it - Pineapple Magazine: the “leading cannaculture lifestyle resource exploring issues of hemp, health, and happiness”.

At the time the rationale for Airbnb’s print product was “to inspire existing customers to travel and explore more, while also bulking-up the Airbnb brand. ”Published in-house and also free of advertising, it was self funded. Only one issue appeared, reportedly because the budget was slashed to focus on other marketing initiatives. However, industry insiders said sloppy editorial focus was a huge contributing factor.

Airbnb executives - very soon after the publication of the 128-page glossy Pineapple - started talks with Hearst to launch Airbnbmag. The massively more modest new 28-page magazine took 18 months to launch (in November 2016) but is still in existence. You can even subscribe to four annual issues at $15.

While some of the editorial content in Grow is interesting, like how “the world's largest spirits producer learned to think small”, some features seem to be insignificant, like Paris’ start-up scene, which is - apparently - in “a battle with London for the European tech crown”. Or an article with child-like illustrations about the “Recipe for the perfect disruptor” referencing vague ingredients such as ‘vigour’, ‘pasion’, ‘clarity’ and ‘grit’, that might wing it front-of-book in an EasyJet inflight magazine. Even the cover story lacks form and focus, although the photography is excellent (and looks rather costly).

Will Facebook’s launch issue also go up in (cannabis) smoke, or survive? There are some who are particularly excited about it. On observing the “supersize” magazine on “massive display bookshelves” at Heathrow Airport, Juan Señor, president of Innovation Media Consulting and visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, exclaimed via his social media plaforms: “When the world’s biggest digital social media platform wants to associate its brand with credibility, it launches a print magazine… but wait… isn’t print dead? Didn’t Facebook kill it off?”

Certainly not. As for Facebook’s foray into print publishing, questions remain. How was it funded and who signed off on it? Crucially, what does Mark Zuckerberg think of it? Considering, he’s the one who maintains Facebook is not a publisher.


Source: FIPP

Executives think platforms should do more to combat fake news, are increasingly sceptical of social media and blame brands for adverts placed alongside inappropriate content – but they increasingly see news brands as a source of trusted content, according to a survey published today by Reuters Plus.

The third annual Tomorrow’s News survey, based on a new survey of 1,587 global executives, reveals that 87% of respondents think Google and Facebook should do more to control fake news, while 81% believe that Google and Facebook should be held accountable for content.

The survey – commissioned by the branded content studio of the world's largest international multimedia news provider – also finds that three out of four executives claim to have seen brands advertising alongside unsavoury or objectionable stories or videos, and 77% agree that advertising next to inappropriate content can damage the perception of a brand. Furthermore, brands are held responsible for where adverts are placed: 62% agree that “brands have full control over where their advertising appears”.

The research – conducted by Synergy Research and Consulting – reveals that executives are growing increasingly sceptical of social media as a source of news: they are less trusting of news shared on social media (24% trust the source of news stories shared compared to 28% last year), share less (38% actively share news vs. 49% in 2017) and are concerned about fake news (85% say fake news has made them doubt news stories shared on social media).

Executives are also keen to burst their “filter bubbles”: 76% say personalisation narrows their views and 88% want to see a balance of content they like and dislike.

While the findings of the survey may present challenges for platforms and advertisers, there are encouraging results for news publishers. 80% of the executives surveyed agreed that “a news brand is a mark of quality on a story” and an increasing number believe that their news consumption will continue to grow (66%, up from 50% in 2016).

96% prefer factual and impartial news content. Executive are also more likely to turn to online news brands over social media for “opinions from respected anchors, reporters or journalists” (80% v. 17%) and to “obtain in depth analysis and opinion of a news story” (88% v. 12%).

Munira Ibrahim, Reuters SVP for Sales and Content Solutions, said; “Advertising agencies and tech companies alike are having to pay more attention to good governance and integrity. Executives are looking for factual and impartial content in a trusted environment and the findings of this research highlight the enduring importance of trusted brands in an era of fake news.”

Key findings also include:

77% agree that misplaced ads can damage the perception of a brand

62% think brands have full control over where their advertising appears

Two thirds of global executives are more likely to notice an advertiser if it appears on a trusted news site

87% think Google and Facebook should do more to control fake news, while 81% believe that Google and Facebook should be held accountable for content

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