Thursday, April 30, 2015


-          Sreenisvasan Jain, Arnab Goswami,, and 24 other journalists to be honoured with RedInk Awards on 30 April

Mumbai, 29th April, 2015:- Dr Prannoy Roy, Executive Co-Chairman of NDTV Group, has been awarded the 2015 RedInkAward for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Journalism for his consistent and pioneering contribution to news television in India. Dr Roy will be honoured for his service to journalism at a glittering ceremony on Thursday, 30th April in Mumbai at the Jamshed Bhaba Auditorium, NCPA.

Dr Roy along with his wife and journalist Radhika Roy in 1988, were the first to set up a television news production company called New Delhi Television, now called NDTV. In later years, Dr Roy made a mark for his incisive and pioneering coverage of election news and changed the way people consumed TV news with his ground-breaking programmes such as ‘The News Tonight’ and ‘The World This Week’. After years of producing the news for Star News, Dr Roy launched his own broadcasting network with NDTV 24X7, NDTV India and other channels in 2003. NDTV, one of the largest news networks in the country today, has set up benchmarks for good, ethical and no-frills news coverage.

The RedInk Award for ‘Journalist of the Year’, instituted for the first time, has gone toSreenivasan Jain of NDTV for his consistent investigative work epitomized in his series ‘Truth versus Hype’ and other programmes. Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-chief of Times Now, was selected as the ‘Impact Editor’ of the Year for his ability to capture eyeballs and expand audience reach with his ‘News Hour’ show. will be awarded the ‘News Start-up of the Year’ for scaling up its influence rapidly as an alternative source of news and features.

Judging for the RedInk Awards, which includes as many as 10 categories have just been completed, and as many as 24 journalists who have produced outstanding and impactful stories in calendar 2014 will also receive awards along with Dr Prannoy Roy, Sreenivasan Jain, Arnab Goswami and on 30 April at the NCPA.

The judging process proved to be a herculean task with over 800 entries in the print/online category and nearly 250 stories from television journalists. Each of the categories – politics, crime, environment, sports, human rights, etc – had a dedicated jury of senior persons with domain knowledge assigned to judge the entries. A special curator was also assigned to sift the large number of entries in each section and guide the judges.

The judging process brought in well known names such as Harsh Mariwala, chairman & MD of Marico, for the Business category, Dr Kiran Shaw Mazumdar, head of Biocon, for the Health & Wellness category, former Mumbai Police Commissioner M.N.Singh & Justice Kode for the crime category and Sudanshu Vats, CEO of Viacom18, for the ‘Entertainment & Lifestyle’ stories.

Star India is the Presenting Partner for the Mumbai Press Club RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2015. Other Award Partners include Aditya Birla Group, Indiabulls Housing, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Zee Entertainment, Eros International, SevenHills Hospitals, Lunkad Investment and JSW Steel.

Media and communication partners for the RedInk Awards include, MxM India, Adfactors, MSL Group India, Integral PR and Concept PR.

The RedInk Awards, now in their 5th year, has grown in stature over the years attracting entries from all over the country. The Awards have been set up as peer and professional recognition for path-breaking stories; and to encourage good, ethical journalism that impacts people and society.

Rajesh Mascarenhas
Mumbai Press Club

Watch last year's debate during the Red Ink Awards

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