Often called the ‘Rupert Murdoch of India’, Raghav Bahl is a
journalist, entrepreneur, media baron and one of the most respected business
leaders of India. He built a highly diversified media company, Network 18,
which has news operations at its core, and layered with a rich assortment of
entertainment and film properties. Raghav recently exited from the company and
founded Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd. The company’s first offering in The Quint –
a mobile first digital news platform.
In 1993, Raghav launched his own television production
company, shortly after the Indian government privatised the industry as part of
its push for economic growth. Today, Network 18 is one of India’s biggest media
conglomerates, with nearly 35 TV channels, 13 websites, a portfolio of niche
magazines, and a movie-production company.
Its current market capitalisation is well over a billion
dollars. The company has formed successful joint ventures with CNBC, Forbes,
A&E Networks, Viacom, and Time Warner, with whom it runs India’s leading
English news channel, CNN-IBN. It operates the country’s leading Hindi news
channel, IBN7, and is growing in regional markets as well.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.