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Industry Moves: Star CJ, India Today, Zeno Group


Star CJ Alive, the 24×7 home shopping channel, has appointed Kenny Shin as their new CEO replacing Paritosh Joshi, who had quit in April, earlier this year.

Kenny joins from CJO Shopping, the Korean conglomerate, where he was in a key leadership role, having been with the Company since 2002. Star CJ Network India Pvt. Ltd. is the result of a joint venture between Star Group and CJ O Shopping Co., leading home shopping company in Asia.

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Veteran journalist and author MJ Akbar has quit India Today after a stint of around two years.

He will, however, continue to edit The Sunday Guardian, the weekly newspaper he launched in February, 2010 partly with his own investment even though he sold off his stake in the venture over a month ago to Good Morning India Pvt Ltd, a publishing company owned by prominent Congress leader Venod Sharma. The Sharmas also have interest in broadcast business through Information TV India Pvt Ltd, and had also acquired news channel INX earlier this year.

Akbar is quiet on his future plans. He had published his latest book “Tinderbox: The past and future of Pakistan” in January 2012 discussing the themes of identity crisis and class struggles in Pakistan.
This move, comes close on the heels of the defamation suit against TV Today, Headlines Today and Aaj Tak, filed by former Law Minister, Salman Khurshid’s wife.

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Zeno Group, the public relations and communications arm of the Daniel J Edelman (DJE) family of companies, has opened a full-service office in India and announced the appointment of Amit Misra as Managing Director (India), who moves from sister-agency Edelman, where he was Director – Delhi NCR.

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Zeno Group India will work across key practice areas including consumer, health, technology and corporate affairs. according to the agency, it will focus on social digital.

Worldwide, Zeno’s client base includes Astra-Zeneca, Bausch & Lomb, DreamWorks Animation, Kia Motors, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Office Depot, Pizza Hut, Seattle’s Best Coffee (Starbucks),  Scott’s Miracle-Gro and Sears.