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MIB enforces self-declaration requirement for ads

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) convened a crucial meeting in New Delhi with industry stakeholders to address the recent mandate by the Supreme Court. The order necessitates advertisers and ad agencies to furnish a self-declaration certificate before airing or publishing advertisements across TV, print, digital, and radio platforms. Officials from the ministry emphasised the importance of compliance with the directive, urging stakeholders to promptly submit the required self-declaration certificate via the Broadcast Seva Portal. This implementation is slated to take effect on or after June 18, 2024. According to PIB, the self-declaration certificate serves to affirm that the advertised content refrains from any misleading claims and aligns with pertinent regulatory standards. These standards encompass Rule 7 of the Cable Television Networks Rules and the Norms of the Journalistic Conduct set forth by the Press Council of India.  

L Murugan assumes charge as MoS in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

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Source  PIB Dr Loganathan Murugan assumed charge as Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting yesterday.  In a statement to the Press, Dr Murugan expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reposing confidence in him. “Government is committed to Garib Kalyan and this is exemplified by the Cabinet decision to build 3 crore rural and urban houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana,” he stated. Dr Murugan emphasised the importance of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting while executing Government policies by acting as a communication bridge between the Government and the people of the country. Secretary Shri Sanjay Jaju and other senior officials of the Ministry and Media Units under the Ministry welcomed Dr Murugan.  

Shashi Shekhar Vempati returns to BARC board as independent member

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The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) has welcomed Shashi Shekhar Vempati back to its board, marking a significant addition of expertise and experience to the organisation.    Vempati's extensive background in both the private and public sectors positions him uniquely to contribute to BARC's mission. As the former CEO of Prasar Bharati and with significant roles in various media entities, Vempati offers a deep understanding of India's media landscape.    His diverse roles include serving on the boards of educational and communication institutions like the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, reflect his dedication to fostering growth and excellence in these fields. His tenure includes roles as CEO of Prasar Bharati and Rajya Sabha TV, along with significant positions at Niti Digital and Infosys.    Beyond his professional accomplishments, Vempati's involvement in committees and advisory roles reflects his dedication to a

Subhajit Sengupta bids adieu to Times Network

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Subhajit Sengupta, Associate Vice President of Digital Video Strategy at Times Network, has announced his departure from the network after a three-year stint. Sengupta took to LinkedIn to bid farewell to the team while expressing gratitude to his colleagues as he transitioned out of Times Network.  “It has been an amazing term here, building the digital news video verticals from scratch, building a cohesive centralised social strategy and getting high off-platform growth with increased profitability,” he added.  Pranav Bakshi, head of digital video strategy and partnerships at Network18 and former senior vice president and head of digital video, strategy, partnerships, and marketing at Times Network, wished Sengupta good luck in his future endeavours.  “May the days of the crazy team build-up and recruitment continue! Was a pleasure to build the team around you!” Bakshi added.  Sengupta’s next stint is yet to be revealed.  

Daya Kingston takes the helm as Editor-in-Chief of Provoke Lifestyle Magazine

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Provoke Lifestyle Magazine has appointed Daya Kingston as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective from May 2024.  Kingston updated her LinkedIn connections about her career transition with a simple note stating, "I’m happy to share that I have started a new position as Editor-in-Chief at PROVOKE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE."  With a wealth of experience in creative consultancy and copywriting, Kingston brings a diverse skill set to her new position. Prior to joining Provoke, she served as a Creative Consultant and Copywriter for over five years, focusing on developing marketing strategies, generating creative concepts, and crafting compelling copy for various clients.  Kingston's extensive background also includes roles such as Content Head at, Editor at, and Copywriter, Journalist, and Producer at N&D Communications and Peppers TV.  In her new capacity, Kingston will lead Provoke Lifestyle Magazine with her expertise in content creation, brand strategy, an

The Hindu MetroPlus is looking for passionate editors and writers

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The Hindu MetroPlus is currently seeking talented individuals who have a passion for both editing and writing feature stories.   Candidates with approximately 3 to 5 years of journalistic experience are preferred. This opportunity is available in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kochi.   If you’re interested, email your resume to 

EssenceMediacom appoints Vivek Das as Managing Partner

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EssenceMediacom has appointed Vivek Das as its new managing partner and Media Futures Group (Google) lead for India and Southeast Asia.   Das takes over from Vinish Mathews, who now serves as the chief strategy officer at Mindshare. With over 21 years of experience in digital and integrated marketing, Das has held significant roles at WPP and Omnicom Media Group. He boasts a track record of managing top-tier clients like Airtel, Nokia, Ford, Disney Star, PepsiCo, and Hindustan Unilever. At GroupM's Mindshare, Das spearheaded the consulting, data, analytics, and technology practice, earning recognition for his achievements.   In a statement to the press, Navin Khemka, CEO of EssenceMediacom - South Asia, expressed confidence in Das's appointment, stating, "Vivek's arrival comes at a pivotal moment as we embark on a transformative journey with Google in India. His extensive  experience will drive remarkable breakthroughs and accelerate our growth trajectory for continued succ

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