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Raghav Bahl talks about digital news, future of journalism and risky nature of movie biz

The future of news consumption is going to be nonlinear and will increasingly be consumed on the mobile. Branded content is the way forward in terms of revenue for digital news outlets.

Bollywood needs to change to accelerate growth amid challenges from Hollywood and regional cinema


Bollywood’s market growth is facing some threat from Hollywood and regional cinema, but there are bigger challenges in terms of piracy, inadequate screens, higher pricing of tickets at multiplexes and new movies being aired on television with less gap from theatrical release.

Rationalisation of auction prices and cutting ad inventory needed for FM radio sector to grow

Govt should rationalise reserve prices to make it economically viable. FM radio firms should cut ad inventory to at least 10-12 minutes per hour so that rates could go up.

Integrated newsrooms way forward for newspapers in digital era

Digitisation was the way forward and integrated newsrooms were a must now in this phase of evolution that newspapers were facing. Technology needed to be employed for leveraging partnerships in the industry.

CBFC should act only as a film certification body: Shyam Benegal

The CBFC can reject film certification but is not authorised to dictate modifications or amendments.

Will digital threaten traditional TV?


Will OTT platforms be able to take away audiences from traditional TV? Or will the growth story be TV plus digital?

The FTA market, growth of Freedish and impact on DTH sector


Availability of popular content on FTA channels is fuelling growth of Doordarshan’s free DTH platform Freedish. In 2016, Freedish added a staggering 10 mn customers, a feat that was not achieved by all private DTH operators put together. So, how big is the threat? Is this an opportunity too?

YouTube leads India’s video consumption movement

YouTube delivers 93% of viewability, thus creating a taxonomy to ensure that advertisers pay when consumers choose to view an ad.

Broadcasting, investments can create aspirational value for sports

For interest in sports in this country to grow beyond cricket, the other sports have to be made aspirational. A system needs to be put in place for other sports like what the BCCI has done for cricket.

David ‘Arnab Goswami’ promises to take on Goliath ‘Times Now’


Giving his thoughts on the changes in TV news journalism, Arnab said that plain vanilla had no place in today’s India. Opinion, he said, was the future of journalism.