Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India, spoke about the company's plans in sports broadcasting, his problems with TAM ratings and the mistakes that taught him valuable lessons during two extensive conversations with Chaitanya Kalbag and Shamni Pande.
The National Food Security Bill may get Parliament's nod soon. It aims to provide wheat and rice to almost two-thirds of India's population of 1.2 billion at highly subsidised rates. But this showpiece legislation will come at a steep price, adding substantially to the government's food subsidy bill and widening the fiscal deficit. There will also be problems of implementation.
For years, many traditional companies saw no point in an online
presence, because they gained nothing from it. That is changing with the
increasing relevance of local search powered by mobile phones. If you
have a website, at least your name will show up when someone is
searching for your kind of business.
Despite the thumbs up from investors to Murthy's return, some analysts are sceptical about his forthcoming five-year term. They feel he should give himself just two years to galvanise the company and then hand it over to a younger executive who can connect better with young workers.
Buyers of electricity from the project as well as the regional grid
operator say the company hurried through the unit's commissioning
without meeting the required performance parameters for financial
Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at Tuck School of Business at
Dartmouth College in the US, speaks to N. Madhavan about how
Indian companies can promote innovation. Special: Ideas from India that changed the world
Shankar, a quiet, stocky man with close-cropped hair whom you would
pass on a busy street without a second glance, has built a formidable TV
entertainment empire for News Corp's Rupert Murdoch over the past six
years. He opened up with rare candour over two long conversations with
me and Senior Editor Shamni Pande.