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India’s most awarded and largest private radio network 93.5 RED FM organized Iftaari for their few selected listeners who got the chance to meet RED FM’s loved RJ Malishka.
These lucky listeners, along with RJ Malishka had great food and a long chat over food.
The channel will host the all new block with eleven new shows from 26th June, weeknights at 10
The British will soon arrive on your television screens! Zee Café, the No. 1 English entertainment channel in India, has partnered with BBC Worldwide to bring award winning premium British dramas. Starting from 26th June, 2017, Zee Café will host the Nexa presents BBC First block with 11 brand new shows set to air every weeknight at 10 PM. Promising to captivate audiences, the new line-up of shows on Zee Café includes War & Peace, Fleming: The Man who would be Bond, Class, SS-GB, Maigret, Doctor Foster, Top of the Lake, The Kettering Incident, New Blood, From Darkness and Thirteen.
British dramas are known for great stories which are unpredictable, thrilling, complex and engaging. In a television space cluttered with American shows, Zee Café aims to break the norms of the industry with the best from the world of British dramas for its constantly evolving viewers.
Talking about the association Mr. Punit Misra, CEO - Domestic Broadcast Business, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “ZEE is recognized as a pioneer in the broadcast industry for delivering great content to viewers across the world. Similarly, the BBC is known for its world class entertainment. In an unprecedented age of TV drama, we believe we can connect with audiences who are hungry for nuanced storytelling that will immerse and entertain them.”
“This rich catalogue of unforgettable dramas is in line with our brand promise of ‘All Eyes on New’ and will significantly enhance our channel portfolio. From edgy new perspectives to shows that immortalize classics, we believe that this block of BBC First will be irresistible to the discerning Indian viewer who values premium content,” he adds.
“We are delighted that Zee Café is bringing BBC First to India, which will bring the best of British creativity to an appreciative audience. This is a curation of critically acclaimed and award-winning original British drama, that will challenge perceptions though surprising storylines and unforgettable characters,” commented Ms. Julia Kenyon, Director, Global Brands and Content Marketing, BBC Worldwide. “BBC First has been very successful in countries where it has already launched across Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. We look forward to connecting with Indian audiences who know and enjoy premium drama.”
From compelling narratives to awe-inspiring characters viewers will get to explore a rich & diverse variety of content. Not just that, they will also get to see versatile actors like Rowan Atkinson popularly known as Mr. Bean, Dominic Cooper, Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, Lily James and many more in the BBC First block.
The dramas that will premiere on Zee Café include War & Peace, the critically acclaimed adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy, which revolves around three young people who experience life, love and loss against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon, Fleming: The Man who would be Bond, the action packed drama that tells the real story of Ian Fleming the man who created James Bond, whose own life adventures were the inspiration for creating one of the most iconic spies in modern literature, Class, the Doctor Who spin off which revolves around the students of Coal Hill Academy who have to deal with the alien threats while trying to deal with their personal lives, SS-GB, the engrossing drama set in a 1941 alternative timeline, in which Nazi, Germany having won the battle of Britain has now occupied United Kingdom; and the crime story starring Rowan Atkinson, Maigret that is set in 1950’s Paris where a serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre, amongst many others.
Iconic in their production value, the dramas airing in the BBC First block will transport viewers to the land of the Queen. Zee Café through its robust promotional campaign weaves these British associations with our cultural fabric to drive deeper experiences around the communication #TheBritishAreComing.
War & Peace will premiere on 26th June, Fleming: The Man who would be Bond on 27th June, Class on 28th June, SS-GB on 29th June and Maigret on 30th June.
Mark your calendars from 26 June @ 10 PM every weeknight and tune into Nexa presents BBC First on Zee Café as #TheBritishAreComing
News18 India’s special documentary on the truth behind the involvement of School students in stone pelting in Kashmir
After Jannat, an award winning documentary that brought to light different aspects of Kashmir's on-ground reality, News18 India brings to you one more documentary on the situation in Kashmir and the truth behind how youngsters in the state are being forced to support and participate in stone pelting.
News18 India visited various regions of Kashmir and spoke to students indulging in stone pelting and tried to capture their story and points of view. The youth of the state opened up and disclosed how Hurriyat leaders are giving money to students to do this. Young school children shared heart wrenching stories of how their seniors take money and force other students to take part in stone pelting. The children also revealed that those who refuse to join them are harassed and even face physical assault.
Not only parents of the young students but even the DGP of the state confirmed that this is happening. In fact the police has received many such complaints corroborating the facts uncovered by the channel. News18 India also spoke to those in the security forces who have been injured during clashes between the stone pelters including school children and the forces stationed in Kashmir.
Watch ‘Swarg’ at 8.30 PM on 24th June and 10 PM on 25th June only on News18 India
Special programming around PM Modi’s US visit
The leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump will meet for the first time on June 26 during PM Modi’s two-day visit to the United States. All eyes will be on them as they will discuss key issues like H1B visa row, climate change and security of Indians in the US, with their discussions expected to set the agenda for further strengthening of the bilateral ties between the 2 countries.
CNN-News18 will do special programming on June 25-26 under the ‘Modi Meets Trump’ umbrella to bring all updates from the visit for its viewers. The programming will be spearheaded by Shereen Bhan and would entail coverage of PM Modi’s address to the Indian diaspora, his meeting with President Trump, coverage of any speeches/joint statement, interviews with key personalities along with stories in the newswheel. As a prelude, the channel will also do a special half-hour show on 24th June at 11:30AM which will take a look back on what PM Modi has achieved from his previous trips and set expectations from the upcoming visit.
Watch ‘Modi Meets Trump’ on 25th June and 26th June, only on CNN-News18.
The Oxford of the East, Pune, has been a thriving metropolis. A center of academia and business, Pune epitomizes a New India that thrives in a heady mix of capitalism and rich culture. As a city, Pune, like Hindustan Times, has been able to charge on a developmental path while still keeping its cultural roots and history intact.
Over a period of time, Pune has well-deservingly acquired the crown of being called Maharashtra’s cultural capital because of its rich tradition and history and also for being home to various communities for over decades. But, in recent times, the city has made a conscious effort to be recognised more than just a cultural city to the state of Maharashtra and contribute to the state’s economy and development through an ever-growing and promising industrial hub. Pune, as a city has a huge potential for growth and this was also recently recognised by the Government of India as the city was ranked No. 2 in the top 20 smart cities list in the country. From a cultural capital to an industrial hub, the city has had quite a transformation over the years.
This transformation has hugely impacted the millennial population who has aggressively tried to maintain a balance between being traditional but yet modern. Connecting this to the reading habits, households which were strictly a single language household have upgraded to a second aspirational language. Moreover with digital penetrations hitting the sky, the Pune reader has become more aware and precocious on news that matters to them and the city.
Hindustan Times, since 1924, has upheld its strong legacy by being the voice of the country with its methodical and unbiased journalism. Hindustan Times entered West with Launch of Mumbai edition in 2004. Today HT is not only the leader in, but also a strong force in Mumbai with over 1.6 million daily readers. Thus, it was only natural for HT to expand its presence in west. Pune is young and growing with an appetite for English daily.
Produced by an editorial team known for its quality, innovation and integrity, Hindustan Times is the choice for nearly 4.5 million readers across India, who turn to it daily for news, information, analysis and entertainment. Driven by the commitment to providing news, information and knowledge that is unbiased and credible – HT will seek to make mornings brighter in Pune.
What will be different?
The ideology: HT will have Pune and its citizens at heart of the paper, covering topics that affect them and are of interest to them. Right from the very first issue, the effort will be to foster the community spirit of Pune for the pursuit of the common good, by including local stories which impact the city, day-in day-out.
The product: HT Pune edition will be an unmatched offering with power packed 50+ pages of national, state and local affairs, entertainment & lifestyle and specials. The weekend edition of HT Pune shall see unequalled offerings ever seen in the country including HT Brunch – India’s largest read magazine, every Sunday; Mint Lounge – the weekend edition of Mint, that focuses on the arts, food, culture, fashion, sport, music, and the like, every Saturday and HT Café – the buzzy supplement that is redefining entertainment and lifestyle space in newspapers, daily.
The surround: With product being the core, it will be supported by massive surround marketing activities during the launch to create buzz and excitement amongst readers. Digital will be the key driver to create launch awareness amongst the TG complimented with Outdoor and Print. Over the weekends, Punekars would also get a glimpse of HT’s on ground activation which celebrates the culture and tradition of Pune.
Bobby Ghosh, Editor-in-chief, Hindustan Times says, “We are bringing a lot of history in this youthful city; rich and credible journalism and along with it our commitment and passion to bring to you the newspaper that the city has ever seen.”
Rajeev Beotra, CEO HT English adds, “Our goal is to bring to you a paper that is community-centric, that captures the ideas, ideals and aspirations of Pune. A newspaper, that serves as your chronicler and companion and a genuine member of the community. A newspaper, that the entire neighborhood tunes into for solutions for the common good.”
Rajan Bhalla, Group CMO, Hindustan Times, adds passionately, “The weather in Pune is just about to heat up. Through Hindustan Times, we will give everything you need to understand your neighborhood, your city, your state, your world better. We are looking forward to wake Pune up, daily, with innovative content and a passion that will be an industry-first.”
Who is it for?
Hindustan Times prides itself in being the highest read newspaper in the country with over 4.5 million active readers and the website www.hindustantimes.com is the highest visited Media Website in the country.
With a diverse coverage of different topics, HT-Pune will be focusing on Punekars who wish to gain their knowledge base and be involved with the real issues of the city and the country.