Interesting discussions around the newsroom's journey from traditional to digital, importance of investment in technology and grappling with constant innovation in the fast-paced digital arena ensued at the event.
A panel from the news broadcasting industry discussed the 'Digital Transformation of News.' Speakers for the session were Durga Ragunath, CEO at Indian Express (Digital,) Rajiv Singh, COO at zee-media , Salil Kumar, COO at India Today Group Digital, Suparna Singh, CEO- NDTV and Varun Kohli, CEO- iTV Network. The session was moderated by Ritu Kapur, Co-founder and CEO, The Quint.
Kapur spoke about how the traditional newsrooms are becoming digital and how the revenue model has completely changed. Suparna Singh cited an example of NDTV when it decided to go digital three years ago, which was seen as a risk at the centre. Salil Kumar, COO- India Today essayed the paradigm shift within the newsroom. "Today, editors don't have to look at only one factor, they are looking at multiple forums," he pointed out.
The News broadcasting awards, or ENBA, honoured the best and brightest in the world of broadcast news.
ENBA celebrated the success of television news professionals across 31 different categories. Standing true to its reputation, ENBA generated an enormous response from the broadcast news industry garnering over 300 entries for the various category of awards.
This year's big winners included India Today TV, which won the Best English News Channel of the Year, while Aaj Tak won the Best Hindi News Channel of the Year. Rajat Sharma from India TV also won the Best Hindi Editor-in-Chief of the Year while Rahul Kanwal (India Today TV) was honoured with the Best English Editor-in-Chief of the Year.
Kartikeya Sharma of iTV Network was named the Best News Television CEO of the Year.
CNBC TV18 and its sister channel CNBC Awaaz were also honoured in the BARC India Business News category. The former won the BARC India Business News Channel of the Year (English), while the latter was accorded the same in the Hindi language category.
News9 was lauded as the Upcoming National News Channel of the Year, while Ashish Singh from NewsX won the Young Professional (Editorial) of the Year.
The jury for ENBA 2016 was led by Star India’s Managing Director Sanjay Gupta. He was accompanied on the jury by several other stalwarts such as Alok Mehta, Chief Editor, Outlook Hindi; Junior Anand Gupta, Founder SHE & Ninja Girl Bags; Archana Datta, Ex – Director General, All India Radio & Doordarshan; columnist Devi Cherian; Dheeraj Jain, Managing Director, Radcliffe Capital; author Jaishree Mishra, senior journalist Shravan Garg and Sudhir Mishra, Founder & Managing Partner, Trust Legal, Advocates & Consultants.