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CEO of The Times of India Group discusses 'Evolution of Indian Media'

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Sept. 13, 2015

How the media in India is evolving in the wake of new and disruptive technologies is the topic of talk on Monday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in 101 White Hall.

“The Evolution of Indian Media” will be presented by Raj Jain, CEO of The Times of India Group, one of the largest media organizations in that country, encompassing print publications, television, radio, Internet commerce and more.  The Times of India is the world's largest circulation English newspaper.  Jain was previously the president of WalMart India.

Across the globe, advances in technology change the way that businesses form and function. Jain will speak on the Group's development and strategy in this dynamic era of advancing technology that is disrupting entire industries.

This public talk is part of the “India Today: Economics, Politics, Innovation & Sustainability” class taught by Holli Semetko, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Media and International Affairs. The class, which she is opening to the public for the Sept. 14 talk, is cross-listed with political science, economics, international studies, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, is Semetko’s upper level seminar. 

This event is free and open to the public, but guests should register online to attend.

"With increasing sales of low-cost smartphones, India is perhaps the only country in the world that is experiencing growth in mobile Internet use along with an increasing number of traditional media outlets — newspapers, radio and TV channels,” says Semetko. “The country is at a critical juncture: India needs to strengthen and expand internet infrastructure to meet new demand. It will be fascinating to hear from Mr. Jain on company strategy and India's prospects in this global decade of disruption."

Jain’s talk is sponsored by the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning and Emory College’s Department of Political Science.